Why are there so many divergent beliefs about what the bible teaches? Partially, this results from mistakes we make when reading scripture. In this interview, Dr. Jerry Wierwille enumerates seven typical fallacies that bible students commit when reading:
- Root Fallacy
- Time-Frame Fallacy
- Misusing Parallels Fallacy
- Single Meaning Fallacy
- Word-Concept Fallacy
- Disjunctive Fallacy
- Lexical Fallacy
Avoiding these pitfalls will help you engage with scripture better and build solid understandings that can stand up to critical analysis.
Notes and Links:
- Dig deeper by reading Introduction to Exegetical Fallacies and Overview of Exegetical Fallacies
- Listen to Wierwille’s earlier interviews, especially the one he did on Hermeneutics (interpreting scripture)
- Check out these sermons and articles on Wierwille’s website (JerryWierwille.com)
- To delve deeper, take a look at D. A. Carson’s Exegetical Fallacies
- Intro music: “District Four” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.