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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

Topics: The Bible, Language, New Testament Studies, Jesus, Old Testament, and Absurdist

Published: Baker Publishing Group on Mar 1, 1996
ISBN: 9781585582808
List price: $16.99
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Clear, concise, unashamed of calling people out (including himself). "A little self-doubt will do no harm and may do a great deal of good: we will be more open to learn and correct our mistakes." (142) Great book.read more
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This book ought to be a must read for every pastor, minister, and teacher of the Bible. Though there are other texts out there that deal specifically with many of these fallacies (for word studies see Silva "Biblical Words" and Barr "Semantics of the Biblical Language), this book serves as a compendium for the exegete. I have read it at least twice and I always find myself being humbled as I approach the Bible. Care must be taken as we approach the Text and so this book is a healthy preventative from erroneous interpretations and applications. Much is taken for granted today and it is the opinion of this reviewer that Biblical Fidelity is decreasing and Biblical Illiteracy is increasing. This book can serve as a corrective to both. Though it may not be 'night-time' reading for the lay person, teachers ought to demonstrate and implement these rules into their teaching, along with providing them to the people so they too can use it on their own. Overall, this book is excellent.read more
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I have had this book in my Amazon basket for way too long. Unfortunately it had slipped to the third page of my books to buy and I had forgotten about it, until an Amazon price change reminded me it was there (I saved a whole 4 pence on the previous price)!So this book is a look at various fallacies of biblical exegesis. It is the kind of book any serious student of scripture should read, and the author is very careful to limit his criticism to criticism of method, without getting caught up in defending his own theological persuasions. Indeed he even criticises his own published work, which seems very fair.The book is divided into sections - firstly on fallacies around language (words especially), then around grammar, then logical fallcies and presuppositional fallacies and such like. The structure works well enough, although by the end I was wondering whether there was another way to structure the material. On reflection, I cannot think of anything better though. the problem is simply that there are too many ways we can err.I felt that some knowledge of Greek helped me in the reading of this book. The author transliterates all the Greek words he discusses, but he does not actually translate any (and does the same with German once too). Fortunately I understood everything I needed to, but I felt a translation would make this book more accessible to students of the Bible with no knowledge of Greek, who are not working from the Greek but might be evaluating the arguments of people who are saying things like "ah well, in the original Greek we see this word play..."Some of my favourite pet peeves were covered nicely in this book, and many others I had not considered. And the fact that I can think of other pet peeves that were not covered is not a bad reflection on the book, because the point is to give us the exegetical tools for avoiding falling into error. And inasmuch as that is what the book is attempting, it achieves just that.read more
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An extremely helpful book for the serious student of the Bible.read more
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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.read more
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Each of us brings our own fallacies when dealing with Scripture. However, if we truly believe in its authority as the Word of God, then we are called to be aware of these blind spots. Carson's book is a wonderful guide to fallacies in many areas of Bible study. How many sermons have been preached on mistaken exegesis? This book asks you to find yourself in the fallacies, and it convicted me in several places.This is an excellent book, that tells us that sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. This is especially true as regards the Bible.read more
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What you CAN'T read into the text of the Bible. Some of the things we want the Bible to say cannot be supported by honest intellectual investigation, this helps sort out the aceptable methodology from rejected ones.With Fee's "How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth," it is a good introduction to the process of exegesis and hermeneutics.read more
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Carson convinced me of one thing...nothing is more dangerous in theology that someone who doesn't know Greek or Hebrew but is armed with a Strong's Concordance and/or a Vine's dictionary. This book is actually incentive to me to REALLY LEARN Greek and Hebrew.read more
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Clear, concise, unashamed of calling people out (including himself). "A little self-doubt will do no harm and may do a great deal of good: we will be more open to learn and correct our mistakes." (142) Great book.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book ought to be a must read for every pastor, minister, and teacher of the Bible. Though there are other texts out there that deal specifically with many of these fallacies (for word studies see Silva "Biblical Words" and Barr "Semantics of the Biblical Language), this book serves as a compendium for the exegete. I have read it at least twice and I always find myself being humbled as I approach the Bible. Care must be taken as we approach the Text and so this book is a healthy preventative from erroneous interpretations and applications. Much is taken for granted today and it is the opinion of this reviewer that Biblical Fidelity is decreasing and Biblical Illiteracy is increasing. This book can serve as a corrective to both. Though it may not be 'night-time' reading for the lay person, teachers ought to demonstrate and implement these rules into their teaching, along with providing them to the people so they too can use it on their own. Overall, this book is excellent.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I have had this book in my Amazon basket for way too long. Unfortunately it had slipped to the third page of my books to buy and I had forgotten about it, until an Amazon price change reminded me it was there (I saved a whole 4 pence on the previous price)!So this book is a look at various fallacies of biblical exegesis. It is the kind of book any serious student of scripture should read, and the author is very careful to limit his criticism to criticism of method, without getting caught up in defending his own theological persuasions. Indeed he even criticises his own published work, which seems very fair.The book is divided into sections - firstly on fallacies around language (words especially), then around grammar, then logical fallcies and presuppositional fallacies and such like. The structure works well enough, although by the end I was wondering whether there was another way to structure the material. On reflection, I cannot think of anything better though. the problem is simply that there are too many ways we can err.I felt that some knowledge of Greek helped me in the reading of this book. The author transliterates all the Greek words he discusses, but he does not actually translate any (and does the same with German once too). Fortunately I understood everything I needed to, but I felt a translation would make this book more accessible to students of the Bible with no knowledge of Greek, who are not working from the Greek but might be evaluating the arguments of people who are saying things like "ah well, in the original Greek we see this word play..."Some of my favourite pet peeves were covered nicely in this book, and many others I had not considered. And the fact that I can think of other pet peeves that were not covered is not a bad reflection on the book, because the point is to give us the exegetical tools for avoiding falling into error. And inasmuch as that is what the book is attempting, it achieves just that.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
An extremely helpful book for the serious student of the Bible.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Each of us brings our own fallacies when dealing with Scripture. However, if we truly believe in its authority as the Word of God, then we are called to be aware of these blind spots. Carson's book is a wonderful guide to fallacies in many areas of Bible study. How many sermons have been preached on mistaken exegesis? This book asks you to find yourself in the fallacies, and it convicted me in several places.This is an excellent book, that tells us that sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. This is especially true as regards the Bible.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
What you CAN'T read into the text of the Bible. Some of the things we want the Bible to say cannot be supported by honest intellectual investigation, this helps sort out the aceptable methodology from rejected ones.With Fee's "How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth," it is a good introduction to the process of exegesis and hermeneutics.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Carson convinced me of one thing...nothing is more dangerous in theology that someone who doesn't know Greek or Hebrew but is armed with a Strong's Concordance and/or a Vine's dictionary. This book is actually incentive to me to REALLY LEARN Greek and Hebrew.
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