Exegetical Fallacies: Common Mistakes Every Student of the Bible Must Avoid (Short Lesson)
Format: Electronic Lesson
Author: William D. Barrick (Professor of Old Testament, The Master’s Seminary)
Description: A 13-page seminar that is primarily focused on preventing students of the Bible from making grave mistakes when interpreting Scripture.
“Every student of the Bible must attempt to interpret the text as objectively as possible. In order to maintain accuracy, the student must avoid taking shortcuts that result in committing the fallacies described in this session. Correct interpretation is the result of careful attention to details, to context, and to what the text says. Above all, the attitude of the interpreter is extremely important. We must not approach the text with academic swagger, a feeling of superiority to the ancient writers, or an unteachable spirit. Hubris can have no home in the heart of the hermeneut. We dare not make the Word “lordless” (avkurow) by our human understanding (Matt 15:6).”
-William D. Barrick