Exegetical Fallacies: A Short Review

EF.jpgCarson, D. A.

Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed.

Grand Rapids, MI: BakerAcademic, 1996. Pp. 148. Paper. $15.99.

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This is a great book!  Everyone who studies the Bible should own a copy and consult it regularly.  If John Schoenheit had a copy and consulted it regularly he could have avoided the comments he made concerning John 21:15 in his commentary in the REV (see pp. 109-12).  There were plenty of times when I found myself saying, “I’ve done that before, and that, and that too…”  Thankfully I don’t do too much of that stuff these days, but every once in a blue one of those embarrassing fallacies will rear its ugly head.  The second chapter on “Grammatical Fallacies” was the most difficult reading since it dealt with fallacies that intermediate to advanced Greek students are more likely to make than a beginner such as myself, which means it also presupposes more familiarity with those particular issues than I have, but nonetheless I was able to follow along slowly.  I found a couple of typos in that chapter: δικοσυνη should have read δικαιοσυνη on p. 62 and constataive should have read constative on p. 72.  Overall Carson’s book is extremely helpful.  I’m definitely more interested in linguistics than I was before I read it.  I’ll definitely be keeping it close by when I’m studying or preparing to teach something.   Oh, and the use of footnotes along with subject, author, and Scripture indices add to the overall appeal of this book for me.  Well done!


13 thoughts on “Exegetical Fallacies: A Short Review

  1. Yeah I’ve never been a fan of Carson but this instantly became one of my favorite books once I read it. And I agree on that grammar chapter. You should check out the Turner and Cotterell (sp?) book next if you are more interested in linguistics (I like it more than Black’s book). I hope to go a lot deeper into that field eventually. What book are you gonna read next? I need to hurry up with my reading. Often now I’m only reading at work on my breaks. I’m still going through Barr but very slowly.

    Bryan L

  2. TC: :-)

    Bryan: Yeah, I agree. Carson’s commentary on Matthew was the reason I bought the entire Expositor’s Bible Commentary and I was disappointed with how dry it was. There was a lot of good information but it was so boring to read. This on the other hand was not boring at all!

    I definitely want Turner & Cotterell’s book as well as Silva’s and Barr’s. Black hadn’t even crossed my mind but now that you mention him I’d like to get his book too. It seems like too important a field to be completely ignorant of.

    In terms of books that I’m going to read next, if you mean on this subject, I imagine it will be Silva’s probably. If you just mean in general then I’m currently reading a few books. One by G. L. Prestige called Fathers and Heretics, another by Peter Widdicombe called The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius, and Brevard Childs’ Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture.

  3. Jason: I’ve read a bunch of stuff that Köstenberger has written on the Gospel of John and I’ve for the most part enjoyed it. I figure I might as well get his commentary too. Keener’s commentary is my favorite so far on John.

  4. The ‘a’ jumped ten pages. I’m surprised you never found that iota. Since this isn’t the Law, maybe it just disappeared.

    Seriously, thanks for this, Nick.

  5. Bill: Not only did it jump, but it transliterated itself! Amazing, simply amazing! And I don’t know about that iota. If I haven’t found it by now I doubt I ever will, but I suspect it won’t make one iota of difference anyway. ;-)

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