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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: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
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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D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God.

Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

Mike Bullmore (PhD, Northwestern University) serves as the senior pastor of Crossway Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin. He was formerly professor of homiletics/practical theology and department chair at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Mike lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with his wife, Beverly. They have three children.

Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Peoria, Illinois. He is also the host of a daily half-hour radio Bible teaching program, Unlimited Grace, and the founder and chairman of Unlimited Grace Media ( Bryan previously served as the president of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the author of a number of books, including Holiness by Grace.

ANDREW M. DAVIS (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Durham, NC. In addition to his PhD, he also holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He served as a church planter in Japan from 1994 to 1998.

Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan. He serves as a council member at the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He serves as Chancellor's Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including Just Do Something, Crazy Busy, and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.

Ligon Duncan (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the chancellor & CEO and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served as the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, for seventeen years. He is a cofounder of Together for the Gospel, a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and was the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan has edited, written, or contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.

Richard D. Phillips (DD, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He chairs the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology and coedits the Reformed Expository Commentary. He is also a chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, a council member of the Gospel Coalition, and a trustee of Westminster Theological Seminary.

Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Formerly, he served as senior minister of Philadelphia's historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited more than 40 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and preached at universities and seminaries worldwide.

Tim Savage (PhD, University of Cambridge; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) has been senior pastor of Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona, since 1988. Tim and his wife have two adult sons.

COLIN S. SMITH is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, IL, where he has been since 1996. He is the author of The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life and can be heard on his Unlocking the Bible broadcast with Moody radio.

Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) has spent more than four decades in ministry as a pastor, professor, and author. He is currently the senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was previously a visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004. He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries and blogs regularly at

Stephen Um (PhD, University of St. Andrews) serves as the senior minister of Citylife Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He also serves as a council member for the Gospel Coalition. Stephen lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Kathleen, and their three daughters.

Sanders (Sandy) L. Willson (DD, Crichton College) has been the senior minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee since 1995. Sandy is a cofounder of the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies as well as a cofounder and chair of the Nexus leadership mentoring program. He also serves on the boards of the Gospel Coalition, World Relief, Union University, and Reformed Theological Seminary. Sandy and his wife, Allison, have five children and ten grandchildren.

D. A. Carson currently resides in Deerfield, in the state of Illinois. D. A. Carson was born in 1959.

D. A. Carson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 9Marks
  2. Bible Savvy
  3. Expositor's Bible Commentary (Paperback)
  4. Gospel Coalition
  5. Gospel Coalition Booklets
  6. Justification and Variegated Nomism
  7. Pillar New Testament Commentary
  8. Re: Lit Books
  9. 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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