Book Recommendation: Exegetical Fallacies

Although it has been out now for almost 12 years, I still find that some are unaware of the execllent little book by D.A. Carson entitled Exegetical Fallacies. In it Carson explores four different “categories” of exegetical fallacies: word study, grammatical, logical and presuppositional/historical. In the fifth and final chapter Carson offers concluding reflections on additional areas where fallacies may lurk. Each chapter contains an abundance of examples, largely drawn from NT scholarship (including an example from his own work!).

Everyone who ministers from God’s Word will benefit from Carson’s incisive scalpel. Awareness of these common errors can save us all from flawed conclusions or flawed arguments used in support of valid conclusions. Perhaps best of all, it is less than 150 pages, meaning one can read through this quickly and benefit immensely. Even if you have little or no knowledge of Greek or Hebrew, you will still benefit from reading Exegetical Fallacies

And even if you have read this in the past, if it has been awhile since you have perused the pages it is worth carving out some time to skim back through and be reminded of those fallacies we are most inclined towards.

3 thoughts on “Book Recommendation: Exegetical Fallacies”

  1. Matt,
    Thanks for the encouragement to reread Don’s book. I’ve read it in the past and found the principles to be a tremendous help in preparing for talks and sermons.

    As you said, it is an easy and quick read – could finish in a few evenings. A sign of a good book is when finished you wished the author had said more – much like all of Derek Kidner’s commentaries. This is the case with Exegetical Fallacies.

  2. Matt,

    Congratulations on your appointment as Associate Professor of NT at Grace Theological Seminary. I received my copy of the Grace alumni magazine and was pleasantly surprised to find in it an article about you and your appointment.

    You may not have realized that I received both my M.Div. and Th.M. from Grace in the seminary’s heyday.

    I’ll look for you in D.C. at ETS.

    I’ll also add your blog to two of my blogs ( and


  3. Ardel,

    Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I didn’t realize you were a Grace alum! I would definitely enjoy seeing you at ETS and catching up a bit. Hope to see you there.

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