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ISBN/ASIN : 0801020867
Manufacturer : Baker Academic|
Release data : May, 1996
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Perfect Book for all Teachers
What's the Point of the Book?
When proving a point in an argument or laying out a thesis based on exegetical research, fallacies arise. They do so (sometimes) innocuously and although they may conclude with a proper understanding they get there the wrong way. Carson's goal is to give people a whiff of the different types of exegetical fallacies that can arise so that people can avoid them, learning to draw conclusions with proper methods.
The book is short, clocking in at 147 pages sans index. The book is inexpensive: I purchased mine for about eleven bucks. Carson covers fallacies in the areas of word-study, grammar, logic, presupposition and history. Carson touches on several Scriptural portions and common fallacies performed with them. If he uses Greek in the text (thankfully a legible font) he always translates it. Carson recommends plenty of titles to further personal study and even leave you hungering for more.
I couldn't really find any bad in the book. The grammatical section becomes a bit medium to hard reading if you're not versed in Greek grammar but to those that persevere you get some really great stuff from this section. I personally read through the section a few times to properly get what he was saying. Maybe the one bad thing is that the book was so short. His final section leaves the door open to even more fallacies (in structuralism and literary genre) but he doesn't dive into it because the book is purposefully not comprehensive.
Nothing. I mean you would think it is ugly to look at fallacies performed by peers and other authors, but the guy has zero pride about it. He actually goes and tears up one of his own pieces showing the fallacies he had committed. If anything were ugly I would say that the jacket has a horrendous design.
I would give this book five out of five stars with a recommendation of "must-buy". If Carson ever comes out with a comprehensive book on exegetical fallacies (impossible I know...there are a million ways to do something wrong and then a million more) I would buy it outright.
A main focus (although not the only focus) of topic examples used in this book is to try to prove man's authority over the woman in Christianity. The author attempts to but fails to disprove valid arguments offered by other respected Christian authors that disagree with this author's view concerning the respective bible passages. It is at this juncture that the book content becomes long winded, in which many of the fallacies the author has directed at other Christian authors, D. A. Carson becomes guilty of the same.
Excellent Introduction to Exegetical Fallacies
If one wants to know how some fine Christian scholars make exegetical mistakes and what the correctives are, this book should be the first place to start. Carson tackles exegetical flaws that commonly abound in commentaries and theological works and does it with pin-point accuracy and straightforwardness. He exposes flaws not only committed by non-evangelical scholars, but those considered evangelical! He shows how exegetical fallacies are committed by the choice of words used, improper grammer use, improper use of logic, and ones presuppositions and historical attachments. This book will make you think about how you've always read the Bible and make you rise above the typical wooden way of reading the Scriptures. This book is easy to understand for the laity and seminary student, but also scholarly enough for theologians to use as a reference tool. This book is important for those trying to understand how to avoid making exegetical mistakes when reading the Bible.