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What is the difference between Exegesis and Eisegesis?

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Pastor Benjamen Long

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Professing to be either “scholar” or liberal protestant, growing in the knowledge of God through a relationship with Christ, and the reading of His Inspired, Written Word, or simply through the communication of “Holy Tradition” as it is handed down by the institutional Church, chances are that you are familiar with, or have at least heard the terms “Exegesis”{eggs-uh-gee-sis} or “Eisegesis” {ice-uh-gee-sis}.  

Join us this evening for our “Time In His Word” blogtalk radio program, from The Upper Room Christian Fellowship as we explore the question…

What’s The Difference Between Exegesis and Eisegesis?

exegesis \ek-suh-JEE-sis\, noun; plural exegeses \-seez\: Exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text. (dictionary.com)

Biblical Exegesis (from the Greek ?ξηγε?σθαι 'to lead out') is an extensive and critical interpretation of the Bible.   The word exegesis means to draw the meaning out of a given text.  It is sometimes contrasted with eisegesis, which means to read one's own interpretation into a given text.  In general, exegesis presumes an attempt to view the text objectively, while eisegesis is more subjective. (wikipedia).

eisegesis: an interpretation, esp. of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text. (dictionary.com)

Biblical Eisegesis (from the Greek ε?σηγε?σθαι; 'to lead in') is the process of interpretation of an existing text in such a way as to introduce one's own ideas.