Exegetical Fallacies has ratings and reviews. Chase said: For what this book sets out to be, it’s fantastic. As a quick overview of the most co. **The following outline is largely adapted from D. A. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, ).[i]. Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd Edition. by: D. A. Carson D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is emeritus professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical.

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It is also brief and to the point. In addition to explaining fallacis he wrote the book, Carson also lays out two possible dangers readers will face due to the nature of a book focused on errors; pride and despair. Words are not merely an isolated collection of symbols that represent a static idea. In one form or another, each fallacy points to an erroneous assumption that ignores an established law of language.

It was a good read, but I think there were some fundamental problems with Carson’s work. I’ve lost count of seminary students I know who were amazed that when they learned how to study the text, they suddenly realized they’d misunderstood or wrongly believed a meaning of a particular text all these years. The author of this book is D.

Thus, a “hermeneutical circle” is set up. He also discusses the issue of distanciation, a phenomena which is especially common among seminary students. He has been at Trinity since Unlike scientific experiments, historical events and people cannot be recreated. Carson describes errors in the interpretation of scripture in four rxegetical categories: Aug 15, Chase Tremaine rated it really liked it. Your email address will not be published. Concluding Reflections Chapters one and two really focus on word-study and grammar fallacies faloacies they pertain to the New Testament Greek.

Even the questions the interpreter tries to ask or fails to ask of the text reflect the limitations imposed by that baggage; they will in some measure shape exegetial kind of “responses” that can come back from the text and the interpreter’s understanding of them.


He has written or edited about sixty books. This book is a handy summation of the major types of exegetical fallacies.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

Aug 07, Jordan Shirkman rated it it was amazing. His book, The Gagging of God: Refresh and try again.

Carson Limited preview – Carson achieves this in the realm of New Testament exegesis. Only then can we profitably fuse our horizon of understanding with the horizon of understanding of the text—that is, only then can we begin to shape our thoughts by the thoughts of the text so that we truly understand them.

Fallacies of Causation— Accepting causative explanations for events to which they are not causes, either because they are inferred causes, oversimplified causes, re-ordered causes, uncorrelated causes, or imaginary causes.

Although some of the fallacies discussed pertain specifically to original languages and will therefore not be of much use for those who are not familiar with Hebrew and especially Greek, Carson discusses a sufficient number of fallacies that are just as dangerous for those who study the Bible in English as they are for those who study it in Greek and Hebrew.

Or perceiving the time reference of the conditional statement to be in relation to the speaker rather than in reference to the protasis. Carson closes the book by reminding the reader to avoid the trap of despair by approaching exegesis with a combination of humility and persistence. Great book, but if you don’t stop at least 5 times and think “Whoops, I’ve done that before,” you’re lying to yourself.

The author succumbed to one of the fallacies he described, since his arguments presumed a more robust dogmatic? The difference between exegesis and hermeneutics p.

Exegetical Fallacies – D. A. Carson – Google Books

The author addresses the fallacies based upon grammatical fallscies, morphology, and construction. Those who rely solely on English translations will find its usefulness minimal, though not completely absent.

I really do respect the authors I’m critiquing and their works are, overall, extremely valuable. It is here where the sobering remarks most prominently affect the reader’s heart and make him examine himself or herself more carefully when doing the task of exegesis or just the task of trying to understand God’s Word, period.


When the differences [between your horizon and the horizon of the text] are more clearly perceived, then it becomes possible to approach the text with greater sensitivity than would otherwise be the case. Everyone tends to believe that their “doctrine” is correct, or the true doctrine. Truth is propositional, and csrson need to know how to handle those propositions correctly.

Exegeitcal few times during my read, I had to look up the meaning of a word or re-read a paragraph that went entirely over my head; for the most part, though, Exegetical Fallacies was an easy and light exegegical, surprisingly fast-paced and enjoyable. Unwarranted Restriction of the Semantic Field— Limiting the semantic range of a word that ignores the full range of possible meanings it can have. He even humbly includes some of his own work as illustrations of fallacy. Mar 14, Guillaume Bourin rated it really liked it.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies – Study Driven Faith

Some arguments are intrinsically weak. I do not know if he dealt with all topics properly or if he should have paid more attention to certain issues.

I particularly was challenged to think more carefully when it comes to the boo This is a good book for those who engage in exegesis of the Bible. Chapters three, four, and five I think could be useful to anyone and should probably be read by everyone who has any kind of exegetical teaching ministry in his or her church.

Carson is clearly an exegete of uncommon skill, especially in his grasp of the general rules of linguistics and logic.