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Exegetical Fallacies [Paperback]

By D. A. Carson (Author)
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Updated explanations of the "sins" of interpretation teach sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices.

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This book offers updated explanations of the sins of interpretation to teach sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices.
"A must for teachers, pastors, and serious Bible students."--"Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society"

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Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   148
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.51" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1996
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Age  18
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801020867  
ISBN13  9780801020865  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978.

D. A. Carson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Expositor's Bible Commentary (Paperback)
  2. Expositor's Bible Commentary (Revised)
  3. Gospel Coalition Booklets
  4. Theology in Community

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A Must for Serious Bible Students!  Mar 14, 2007
Who says that critical reading of the Scripture is not important? Who says that a Word-Study approach makes a person an overnight scholar? Who says that sound reason his no place in correct interpretation? This work by Don Carson, though short, is indeed a mouthful.

Read and sober up! Simple word-study is not enough. Use some sound reasoning. Spent time and money to train yourself how to understand God's Word the way it was meant to be understood.

Five compelling stars of Carson!
Exegetical Fallacies  Jan 10, 2007
In this little book Prof. Carson exposes many common fallacies in exegesis but he does it in a humble way.
It is a helpful book and it is clearly written.
A Must Read  Dec 20, 2006
Dr. Carson does a tremendous job with this book. The book is not much over 100 pages, but it really provides an engaging and insightful survey of the most common exegetical mistakes.

The examples provided are varied and the author provides wonderfully lucid explanations. I had to skip one of the chapters that dealt with Greek grammar, because it was too advanced for me to benefit from it. While the book is highly technical in some regards, the Dr. Carson does explains things very clearly and doesn't use more technical language than he needs to.

This book is a gem even for those who may never do any heavy-duty exegesis, and just want to be able to test what they hear from various preachers and commentators. Beyond that, though, anyone who is preaching or completes seminary should read this book at least once. It is a true classic.
Wrong author for this subject.  Nov 19, 2006
This book is supposed to be about honest interpretation and analysis of biblical verses and texts yet the author impeaches himself almost immediately. The book is aimed at persons experienced in the old languages and manuscripts, those without that background will be at the mercy of an unsure tutor.

By page 41 the author is saying that he doesn't believe a given literal type bible interpretation due to lack of supporting material from other "ancient text's'". How can he say that John 3:5 which refers to being born of water means that the water is sperm not the water the baby is surrounded in? He can't handle literal truth but must instead agree with other writers he sights on the subject. On page 42 he is inferring that he agrees with a female writer who claims that the two births spoken of in the bible, of water and born again by spirit, really refer to one birth. These analysis are so childish that it is embarrassing and has no place in a book on the subject of honest biblical interpretation.

Elsewhere, page 38, he tries to undo Paul's statements that support men as the leaders in the church. After these obvious politically motivated comments and untenable logic the book looses its credibility. If he doesn't like the bible's philosophy then he should just say so and disagree rather than looking for odd logic to talk others out of it. This is the wrong author to write this type of book. He should be writing hard core critical text philosophy, he is good at that.

Also he doesn't tell what he thinks the scripture is, the Critical Text or the Textus Receptus. How disingenuous in a book on truth in interpretation that it is not mentioned immediately, neither mentioned in the index.

Other reviewers are way too nice to this book but so it goes in the religious community, kindness to the point of error. I rate it a 2 rather than a 1 because so much material is covered. A brute outline of the book could be of some use.

It is amazing that a career can be had within the so called Christian religious community if one believes in or doesn't believe in the bible. Like if you could drive in NASCAR as a driver trying to win the race or driver trying to wreck other racers. NASCAR would not tolerate this but it happens in the religious community on a regular basis; professors are hired to both bolster and to undermine the bible.
Oh The Things The Christians Say!!!!  Nov 11, 2006
I have always been more than a little insulted when a know-it-all wants to discuss how 'stupid' and 'inaccurate' the Bible is with an attitude of elitism. The fact is that many intelligent people believe in a sovereign God who inspired men to write His words on paper and transmit His message of love and forgivness - and let's not forget judgment as well - around the entire world. Many persons with Ph.D's argue atheistically (Bart Ehrman comes to mind) because they get educated beyond their intelligence. But there are also some pretty solid thinking Christians who think the backwater beer drinker arguments are embarrassing as well. One such man is Donald A. Carson.

D.A. Carson holds a soft spot in my heart. He mentored one of my Greek professors at Dallas Seminary and is thus a sort of 'spiritual grandfather' to me albeit by extension. Carson teaches at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago, speaks some 19 languages, and has authored over forty books. He also spoke at the 1998 W.H. Griffith-Thomas lecture series at Dallas Seminary. (This is no small company when one considers some other previous lecturers: Rene Pache, Harry Ironside, Darrell Bock, Bruce Metzger, and F.F. Bruce to name a few). Those lectures were given to the public as "The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God."

But Carson shows how - well, is there a better word? - stupid we can sometimes be. Some of the fallacies make you wonder why the authors - oftentimes respected scholars - still are able to publish works. Carson even humbly includes two examples of his own use of logical or grammatical fallacies that he concedes he messed up.

Some of the examples will not make sense unless you have attended seminary, a shortcoming noted by a prior reviewer. But in general this book is good to use to sharpen one's self and not commit blunders that undercut (even if they don't ultimately destroy) one's position.

Read well and enjoy.


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