Going back to old books

I bought a book in October of 1990 (at a Workers’ & Elders’ Conference in the U.S.) that I have often picked up and read a couple of chapters. It is not the kind of book a person could (or should) read from cover to cover at one sitting.

For one thing, it is quite a bit above my abilities to assimilate or understand all the author is dealing with. I know almost nothing about N.T. Greek beyond what I have read in commentaries or “word studies”. At this point in life I am not able to embark on new studies of the kind required.

However, as I was reading a portion again this morning, it served to remind me of how easy it is to fall into traps in my preaching. Allowing error in properly understanding the Scripture in all its perfection, accuracy, and precision; and in all the breadth of the wisdom of its Divine Architect.

The 2 sections I was reading deal with “grammatical fallacies” and “logical fallacies” in exegesis of the Scripture. One thought that stayed with me through these 2 sections is that we almost always bring our own pre-conceptions to the Scriptures. We, each and all, are the children of our time; but we ought to be very much on our knees to be sure we are doing all we can to approach His Word with an open mind and heart to hear what He is saying in His Word.

The book, which I do recommend, is titled “Exegetical Fallacies” by D.A. Carson.