Exegetical Fallacies

  • Title: Exegetical Fallacies
  • Author: D.A. Carson
  • ISBN: 9780801020865
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • Exegetical Fallacies Updated explanations of the sins of interpretation teach sound grammatical lexical cultural theological and historical Bible study practices
    Updated explanations of the sins of interpretation teach sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices.

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    About D.A. Carson


    1. D.A Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois He has been at Trinity since 1978 Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom Carson received the Bachelor of Science in chemistry from McGill University, the Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, and the Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament from the University of Cambridge Carson is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world He has written or edited about sixty books He is a founding member and currently president of The Gospel Coalition Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois They have two adult children.


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    1. 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 D.A. 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 fa [...]

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    2. 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 [...]

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    3. 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.

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    4. 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 [...]

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    5. This is a great book by D.A. Carson focusing on a topic not too often discussed. The book is laid out in five self-explanatory chapters:1. Word-Study Fallacies2. Grammatical Fallacies3. Logical Fallacies4. Presuppositional and Historical Fallacies5. Concluding ReflectionsChapters 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 [...]

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    6. This book is a must-read for any Bible teacher, Pastor, or anyone handling God's word in any way. Carson covers all the various areas of fallacies ranging from Word-Study, Grammatical, Logical, Presuppositional, and Historical fallacies. The book is relatively easy to follow, and does not require knowledge of Greek, although it is helpful. It is also brief and to the point. Carson also does not simply point out the errors of others, he points out some of his own errors that he has made in teachi [...]

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    7. I've never been this encouraged by a book this negative. Though I can see my own work in many of Carson's fallacies, I now have a way forward in avoiding them.

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    8. A brilliant little book that I will have to return to again. Dr. Carson describes errors in the interpretation of scripture in four broad categories: word study, grammatical, logical, and presuppositional fallacies. One could subtitle this work, "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." The danger is when pastors know just a little Greek and draw seemingly profound but false conclusions. For word studies, I was particularly intrigued by the notion that the Greek "agape" does not, in and of itse [...]

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    9. Really helpful brief treatment of common fallacies. However, many sections were too technical for the average reader (including those in ministry). I do highly recommend the book for seminarians, ministers, and lay people as the awareness of these fallacies is very helpful. Be willing to press through and gloss over the areas you feel you have no category for and you will benefit from pulling the gold out of other areas.

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    10. If you are doing independent Bible study you want to read this book. While a scholarly topic it is relatively easy to read. Further it will help you to identify and possibly avoid making some mistakes in your understanding and application of the Word of God.I especially like that Carson used his own errors as examples. Great and useful book.

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    11. This is an excellent, yet brief overview of the many different mistakes Christians and non-Christians make when interpreting the Bible. The chapter on Word Studies I found particularly helpful. D.A. Carson lays out well-thought out examples of each fallacy and notes the importance of being self-critical in investigating the Biblical text.

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    12. Definitely a must-read.

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    13. 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.

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    14. I didn't learn to read my Bible until late in life, and I'm convinced most Christians in "Bible-believing" churches do not because they are not taught how to. Everyone tends to believe that their "doctrine" is correct, or the true doctrine. Where another's disagrees, he must be wrong. When we adhere to "doctrine," it gets replicated and multiplied and no one thinks critically about what awe believe and adhere to. This was made depressingly clear to me in a recent book I read about a former pasto [...]

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    15. In “Exegetical Fallacies,” author D.A. Carson draws from his years of study and teaching experiences to create a guide for serious students of Biblical exegesis. He has gathered examples of more than fifty fallacies, some commonly committed, some rare. They are drawn from a wide variety of sources, from popular level writing to scholarly academic papers. He even humbly includes some of his own work as illustrations of fallacy. This work is well balanced in almost all respects, and is accessi [...]

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    16. Overall well written and interesting. The first two chapters of this book are fascinating with many very specific linguistic fallacies that dog biblical exegetes of all stripes, and while I found ample information to be applied outside this narrow niche, I looked forward to the third chapter, dealing specifically with logical fallacies, as I hoped there would be even more there to apply to other ways of thinking. Unfortunately this chapter did not deliver as it mostly covered very basic and comm [...]

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    17. Probably everyone who reads this will find an illustration to disagree with. And there are points where there are unnecessary side technical discussions that distract from the topic at hand.With those qualifiers out of the way, this is an incredibly useful volume that should improve any preacher from any theological background. And even if you're not a preacher, it will help you avoid all sorts of mistakes as you read through the Bible for yourself.

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    18. This book isn't really for a reader like me. Much of the word study and grammatical discussion is hard to follow because I don't know the original Biblical languages and am not studying in them. But it's still worth reading through Carson's examples to get overviews of the categories, especially in the final categories not involving word studies and grammar in the original languages.

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    19. Immensely useful, and mildly amusing at points.

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    20. Serious bible students and preachers need to read this. Essential.

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    21. When I read such a book as this, I realize the importance of meditating on God's word. I also know that the exegetical study is not an easy task. Carson is right, one could read this book and conclude that it can cause "deep fears about their own inadequacies for the task of exegesis." But we should always approach God's word humbly and with a bit of fear because it is God's word we are handling.

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    22. Truly helpful for any starting theological/biblical studies student.

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    23. D.A. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1996), 28.In reading Carson's first chapter “Word Study Fallacies” from Exegetical Fallacies I learnt lots of new words! Here is my brief summary of three fallacies:The root fallacy presupposes that every word actually has a root meaning. For example, just look at the etymology of English words (p28). Carson says time and novel usage shifts the boundaries of a word's meaning and usage. It has been assumed that ἀ [...]

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    24. Overall a very useful resource for Christians.It is less of an in-depth study and more of a list of types of bad reasoning and logic, with brief explanations of why they are bad, and examples of them.I will say, given my impression of Carson from other books, he is surprisingly even-handed. The examples he cites come from arguments made by Catholics and protestants, conservatives and liberals, even from names many conservative theologians never want to question, like the John Calvin. And while h [...]

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    25. This little book is an important, humbling, and perhaps even frightening read. I have read no scholar whom I have greater intellectual admiration for than D.A. Carson and his book only furthers that admiration. Though this is a technical book, it was a technical-devotional read for me because it calls for both humility and exegetical fidelity. While reading through the Word Study fallacies I reflected on and was taken back by the extreme care necessary for the process of exegesis. While slogging [...]

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    26. Admittedly some of this was over my head since I don't have any experience with Greek. Regardless, this was a very nice little volume on various fallacies interpreters fall into.While a very nice work, it is a little bit of a shame to see Carson's quick dismissal of certain hermeneutical methods. I'm sure it was for good reason to not talk about foundationalism and postmodern hermeneutics at any real length, but I would've liked to see more probing. Humorously, what Carson says not to do in ch. [...]

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    27. This should be required reading for any serious Bible student. I had purchased this over a year ago, and had never gotten around to reading it, until it was made required reading for a Critical Thinking and Argumentation Philosophy class that I am taking in seminary. I now cringe at some of the exegetical mistakes I might have avoided had I only read this book much earlier! Carson delivers eminently practical advice in a way that is nuanced and, most of the time, not overly technical. Section tw [...]

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    28. Pretty good book--nice summary of lots of problems.But I was jolted on p. 140 when Carson wrote, concerning statistical studies in comparative literature, that "there are many methodological fallacies connected with statistical arguments, fallacies of which most New Testament scholars are only vaguely aware. . . . If enough of such studies were done (and ideally it would take thousands), we could eliminate our reliance on the null hypothesis."First, it's pretty obvious that some scholars don't h [...]

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    29. DA Carson is a fundamentalist. DA Carson is very smart. Those two propositions (and being a fundie, he really likes propositions!) make for a rather pointless read. I know Biblical Greek, but am not an expert on grammar, so Carson's comments on word study and grammatical fallacies were of little help to me. One wonders how they would help the pastor who, if he or she (Carson isn't a fan of female pastors and it shows in this book) is reading, also has a less than comprehensive knowledge of koine [...]

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    30. Going beyond mere theological differences that exist between Christian believers, this book attempts to eliminate differences that exist simply because of inadequate research in word studies and grammar, illogical conclusions, personal bias, and much more. Carson includes many, many examples in this well-researched book. It is not a 'how to' book, but rather a 'how not to' book. As such, the strong negative tone was to me very challenging.To be blunt, I found Carson's book very challenging, and [...]

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