Quote of the Day from Exegetical Fallacies

Careful handling of the Bible will enable us to ‘hear’ it a little better. It is all too easy to read the traditional interpretations we have received from others into the text of Scripture. Then we may unwittingly transfer the authority of Scripture to our traditional interpretations and invest them with a false, even an idolatrous, degree of certainty. Because traditions are reshaped as they are passed on, after a while we may drift far from God’s Word while still insisting all our theological opinions are ‘biblical’ and therefore true. If when we are in such a state we study the Bible uncritically, more than likely it will simply reinforce our errors. If the Bible is to accomplish its worth of continual reformation–reformation of our lives and our doctrine–we must do all we can to listen to it afresh and to utilize the best resources at our disposal.

D.A. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies

I just finished this book and found it excellent even if some parts were a bit over my head.

The above quote pretty much describes the course I’ve been embarking on starting about two years ago. I’ve barely scratched the surface and will probably not get much farther than that after a lifetime of study, but I hope I will be able to more correctly explain the word the truth (2 Timothy 2:15) as time goes on.

2 Responses to “Quote of the Day from Exegetical Fallacies”

  1. 1 Jillian

    That is an interesting excerpt, as I keep hearing lately in sermons and private talks that “modern” teachings and theology (meaning, in my understanding, any theological books articles, and teachings) are baseless because they come from this “Godless” Generation.

    I encounter an almost granite resistance to modern (anything) in favor of the older, wiser, “more biblical” preachers, and scholarly writers.

    While I understand that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” certainly applies to biblical studies and foundations of faith (of course the great preachers of past centuries continue to contribute to every believer’s foundation) — I can’t imagine that any worthwhile deductions that could be made by the study of the word have already been done.

    It seems awfully restrictive to declare that this generation has nothing to offer from careful study of the bible, simply because of the culture we in which we are immersed in this century.

    The question for me, as a sort of “freshman” in the study of my bible, is:  Are these older contributors “more biblical” or is their product simply more familiar than the modern contributors?

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Jillian, I’m not really qualified to comment but I’ll try.

    From what I’ve seen, it’s more common for people to ignore the older (dead) scholars but they are so valuable.

    I wouldn’t make a comparison as to which are better as far as the people themselves. Most are gifted, Spirit filled people who care deeply about handling Scripture.

    There have been many advances in areas like linguistics, textual criticism (comparing the different Biblical manuscripts, of which there are many more than when a lot of the dead people were alive), archeology etc. Some of it is just scholars commentating on other scholars and some of it is truly learning from each other and making advances in understanding.

    Maybe somebody else will chime in.

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