Such would probably make most of us nervous as it is unlikely we would walk away unscathed. Yet the tremendous profit that could be gleaned from such an encounter is inestimable. Exegetical Fallacies seeks to draw us in into just such an experience. Given his high level of experience in handling Scripture with scientific precision coupled with a tenacious commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture and historic Reformed orthodoxy, scarcely a more qualified or trustworthy individual could have written a book exposing much of popular, yet incorrect, biblical interpretation. In pages of concisely condensed content, Carson seeks to help his readers avoid the majority of interpretative errors most frequently committed in applied hermeneutics quite an ambition, indeed! Its systematic categorization of what Carson perceives to be the most common hermeneutical errors committed by scholars and layman alike ensures a breadth of scope that make this book akin to a practical handbook on exegesis.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Exegetical Fallacies. Aug 15, Chase Tremaine rated it really liked it. For what this book sets out to be, it's fantastic.
As a quick overview of the most common word-grammar fallacies, logical fallacies, historical fallacies, etc. Carson does a lovely job of presenting solid explanations and brief examples that are often helpful and rarely confusing. A 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 read, surprisingly For what this book sets out to be, it's fantastic.
A 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 read, surprisingly fast-paced and enjoyable. The book isn't very long, so I read it across sittings, and whilst going through the book with a friend, it also made for great conversation.
In years to come, this book will be an easy tool for me to refer back to whenever I want to double check that I'm not making the sorts of logical errors in text interpretation that this short volume expertly helps people of all folds to sidestep.
Carson is here at his exegetical best. I believe every Christian should read this book. Carson handles word-study, grammatical, logical, presuppositional and historical fallacies. Under the word-study fallacy he handles one of the great fallacies we have heard in the church for the past 30 years: the so-called differences between agape and phileo, and many more. In his chapter on grammatical fallacies, Carson deals extensively with issues of Greek translation, where preachers and teachers would ma Carson is here at his exegetical best.
In his chapter on grammatical fallacies, Carson deals extensively with issues of Greek translation, where preachers and teachers would make comments based on the Greek. He explains how Greek is a very flexible language and that assumptions based on a little Greek knowledge could actually be very incorrect! Next, Carson deals with logical fallacies. This is where many Christians get tripped up. There are many areas in which Christians make false assumptions when dealing with logic, especially while reading the Bible.
Truth is propositional, and we need to know how to handle those propositions correctly. In His chapter on presuppositional and historical fallacies, Carson explains how our own frame of reference can influence how we read the Bible, and how to read the Bible correctly, understanding what it means from the author's perspective.
He also shows how our interpretation of history can be muddled up under the historical fallacies. How do we read history? How do we interpret it? Are we reconstructing historical events correctly, and what caused them? In his concluding chapter, Carson quickly goes through several more fallacies in summary fashion, such as problems with literary genre, arguments from silence, statistical arguments and more. In my opinion, every person who is serious about studying the Bible should read this book.
It certainly helps in recognizing the pitfalls of interpreting the Bible, and teaches us to think more while we study the Bible. God, after all, is a thinking God! Aug 07, Jordan Shirkman rated it it was amazing. Carson is brilliant, and he masterfully explains the most common exegetical errors related to New Testament interpretation relating to language, grammar, logic and history. Aimed at those familiar with Greek, but helpful to anyone who wants to be a faithful exegete.
He's no respecter of doctrinal strand when it comes to calling out faulty exegesis, and some examples and illustrations he gives are pretty comical. Brief, practical, and helpful. Jul 18, Tara McLarty rated it it was amazing Shelves: The content is well beyond me, but it was mind blowing and eye opening nonetheless.
I would consider it a must read for every Christian in the current day and age full of people myself included who have not been taught how to think well. I suspect that the majority of us do not know how to defend the conclusions we come to in general, but specifically regarding Bible interpretation with solid evidence and logical thought, and are possibly committing many fallacies ourselves. View 1 comment. An overview of the general or obvious errors any attentive student picks up when studying.
I did not find anything here that isn't covered in a good theology course, literature class - or Sunday School. Only giving this 2 stars because it is common sense stuff perhaps I've been a Bible student too long! May 09, Andrew Pendleton rated it really liked it. This book is full of illuminating examples that illustrate the different fallacies he lists and it should help any Christian approach interpreting the Bible with more care and humility. Jun 19, Jimmy added it. This is a good book for those who engage in exegesis of the Bible.
Actually, I would go far to say that it book is essential for every exegete to have it on their bookshelf. While the work is not intended to instruct on Biblical languages per se, nevertheless the focus of the book on mistakes and fallacies is helpful as a lesson for interpreters of the Bible to be careful of avoiding common pitfalls in their exegesis.
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. As a result this book has prompted me to think more carefully of my interpretation of the Bible.
The book assumes the readers will know Greek especially in his chapter on grammatical fallacies. This chapter was a good reminder of Greek grammar and common exegetical mistake at the level of tenses, voice, etc. Carson is a professor of the New Testament and does not give any Old Testament examples.
Having said that, I still it is beneficial for those specializing in the Old Testament. My favorite chapters were on logical fallacies and historical and presuppositional fallacies. The only part I thought D. Some arguments are intrinsically weak. Again, this is a good work and made me want to read more of what Carson has to say. Aug 22, Adam Calvert rated it really liked it Shelves: theology. This is a great book by D. Carson focusing on a topic not too often discussed.
The book is laid out in five self-explanatory chapters: 1. Word-Study Fallacies 2. Grammatical Fallacies 3. Logical Fallacies 4. Presuppositional and Historical Fallacies 5. Concluding Reflections Chapters one and two really focus on word-study and grammar fallacies as they pertain to the New Testament Greek. So someone with little familiarity with that language might not profit as much from these chapters although I thi This is a great book by D.
Abstract —Biblical interpretation is susceptible to false premises in the process of exegesis by violating laws of language and logic, and maintaining faulty presuppositions. Wrong understanding of the principles of language, errors in understanding word definitions and usage, the proper governance of context, or grammar lead to incorrect conclusions about meaning. Concerning the laws of logic, principles of argumentation, premises, and reasoning are sometimes neglected or distorted, resulting in false conclusions. The reason why word studies are riddled with fallacies is because it is simple to obtain fragments of information from various references sources about words e. The basic premise in word studies is that words are fluid entities that are affected by their surroundings.
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This book is a handy summation of the major types of exegetical fallacies. It provides clear definitions and good illustrations, and is especially adept at distinguishing and relating the various It was a good read, but I think there were some fundamental problems with Carson's work. At some points it seemed that he was unable to criticize his own methods that this book. It was also written He is one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition and an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world.