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Saturday, June 18, 2011

eisegesis

\ahy-si-JEE-sis\ , noun;
1.
An interpretation that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.
Quotes:
Attempts to see profound or subtle distinctions between kinds of belief in these two lines border upon eisegesis.
-- Raymond Edward Brown, The Epistles of John
This is mere eisegesis, forcing one's own prejudices onto the text.
-- Ed Christian, Joyful Noise
Origin:
Eisegesis enters English in the 1900s in reference to Biblical studies as the opposite of exegesis, "critical interpretation of a text, especially of the Bible."
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