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 basic premise in word studies is that words are fluid entities that are affected by their surroundings.
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Shelves: theology , bible , literature-studies An overview of the general or obvious errors any attentive student picks up when studying. 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 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.
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Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed.