Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Rob Bell Chapter 4 Review/Hebrews 9:16-23
03/31/2011 - James White
Hebrews 9:15: Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church AM Sermon
03/28/2011 - James White
And the evening sermon:
Rob Bell Validates the Maxim "A Little Greek is a Dangerous Thing"
03/27/2011 - Alan Kurschner[To be sure, I don't believe that Bell's fundamental problem is a lack of understanding on how to do competent word studies. It's a heart issue. Bell is in rebellion against his Creator. He has a man-centered conclusion and he will see too it that his selective biblical data will support what he wants to believe, and what he wants others to believe.]
Greg Gilbert wrote an effective piece showing how Bell is incompetent in his use of Greek word studies, here.
Darrell Bock, as well, has chimed in on Bell's sophomoric use of Greek and Jesus' teachings here.
I am convinced that every seminary student should not be allowed to graduate from seminary until they have read the following two books:
Biblical Words and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics, by Moises Silva, rev. ed.
Exegetical Fallacies, by D.A. Carson 2nd ed [As an aside, here is a corrective on a fallacy within the book].
This one cannot hurt: Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek by David Alan Black
Wednesday Night Devotional from PRBC: Paul's Words on Eternal Condemnation
03/24/2011 - James White
Recorded on my iPad while using it as my biblical text using OliveTree.
Rob Bell Illustrates the Word-Concept Fallacy
03/23/2011 - Alan KurschnerRob Bell commits the common “word-concept” fallacy in respect to singling out the word "hell."
The word-concept fallacy is the assumption that studying a word (or phrase) means having studied the entire biblical concept.
This is also called the "concordance" method of interpretation. One should not simply open up a concordance and finger down the page looking for usages of a single word and stop there. It can be a beginning point for study, but word (or concept) studies should not end there. There is an important difference between studying a biblical concept and studying the range of meanings of a single word.
For example, if we want to learn what the Bible teaches about the concept of love, it would be a mistake to restrict our study to only the single word agape because there are many terms that describe different aspects of love. We need to take Scripture in a normal, natural, contextual sense and recognize synonyms and other similar phrases that describe a concept rather than collapsing an entire concept into one word.
Moisés Silva gives this additional example: “A very important passage on the subject of hypocrisy is Isaiah 1:10–15, but the student suckled at the concordance would never find [the word “hypocrisy”]; instead, he would come to an unrefined understanding of the topic.” Biblical Words and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics, rev. ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994), 27. See also D.A. Carson, “Word-Study Fallacies,” in Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1996), 27–64.