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Friday, March 6, 2009

Theological Word of the Day - Eisegesis


(Greek eis-, “into” + Greek hegeisthai, “to guide”)

The interpretive fallacy of reading into (eis-) the text of Scripture a preconceived theology in order to make it fit with what those presumptions require. Eisegesis is to be contrasted with exegesis which involves the arrival of meaning from or out of (ex-) the biblical text, without the presumption of meaning dictating the results.

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