Word of the DaySaturday, June 18, 2011
\ahy-si-JEE-sis\ , noun;
An interpretation that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.
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
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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