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Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed.

ISBN: 9781441250230

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Serious exegesis of the Scriptures is one of the most worthwhile practices any Christian can undertake. But it is not without its dangers. In Exegetical Fallacies, Carson helps readers discern improper interpretation techniques, and explains sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices. With its accessible style and plain language, Exegetical Fallacies will be an edifying contribution to any Bible study.

Resource Experts
  • Word–Study Fallacies
  • Grammatical Fallacies
  • Logical Fallacies
  • Presuppositional and Historical Fallacies
  • Concluding Reflections

Top Highlights

“The heart of this fallacy is the assumption that any language so constrains the thinking processes of the people who use it that they are forced into certain patterns of thought and shielded from others. Language and mentality thus become confused.” (Page 44)

“But one should be suspicious of all statements about the nature of ‘the Hebrew mind’ or ‘the Greek mind’ if those statements are based on observations about the semantic limitations of words of the language in question.” (Page 44)

“Here the interpreter assigns to a word in his text a meaning that the word in question used to have in earlier times, but that is no longer found within the live, semantic range of the word.” (Page 35)

“we cannot responsibly assume that etymology is related to meaning” (Page 33)

“If John tells us that the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ purifies us from every sin, he is informing us that our hope for continued cleansing and forgiveness rests not on protestations of our goodness while our life is a sham (1 John 1:6, probably directed against proto–Gnostics) but on continual walking in the light and on continued reliance on Christ’s finished work on the cross.” (Page 35)

A must for teachers, pastors, and serious Bible students.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

D. A. Carson

D.A. Carson (b. 1946) is one of the most respected New Testament scholars in the world. A respected teacher, author, and speaker, he is currently research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the president of The Gospel Coalition. He has served as pastor of Richmond Baptist Church and as the first dean of the seminary of Northwest Baptist Theological College, now known as Northwest Baptist Seminary. Logos has collected his sermons—including audio—in the D.A. Carson Sermon Archive.

Carson lectures in academic and church settings around the world, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Exegetical Fallacies, Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel According to John, The Gagging of God, Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14 and the Intolerance of Tolerance. He is the editor of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series, and coedited of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament with G.K. Beale, and the Studies in New Testament Greek series with Stanley Porter. You can find more of Carson’s work in the Baker D.A. Carson Collection (15 vols.).


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  1. Pastor Bill Brown
    This is, far and away, the best book on biblical interpretation I've ever read. Although it doesn't teach a system of interpretation, it does correct several fallacies, as the title indicates, and shows what correct interpretation looks like. This is a must read for any expositor of the word.
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  10. wilfred joseph
    I have been teaching on the importance of exegeting the Bible text for several years but only after reading this book by Dr Carson I realized that we are only reading the interpreted text but not the original teachings except for those which are in red letters. It's an eye opener. Thank God for such servants of God. So every new translation is only an interpretation especially when it is translated into different languages as these languages may have only a suitable word which may have several other meanings too. But still because the Bible is an inspired Word of God, it always holds on to the original intent of the revelation. It is must for every sincere student of the Bible.