Archive for the ‘exegesis’ Category

Looking for the text’s ‘deeper meaning’?

February 25, 2011

…before I was a Christian, I was in a cult whose answer to every uncongenial passage was, “We have to look for the deeper meaning.” Funny how the “deeper meaning” was always the precise opposite of what the passage said, and exactly in harmony with what our cult believed.

Dan Phillips

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Eisegesis

October 28, 2008

Eisegesis is like a drunk who leans against a lamppost so he does not fall over, and not for illumination.

Eisegesis is reading into the text (of the Bible) what you have already decided it says. It is the opposite of exegesis, which is finding out what the author actually intended. The former makes the author say what you want them to say, the latter, what the Biblical author intended.

Eisegesis is like a drunk who leans against a lamppost so he does not fall over, and not for illumination. (Simon Robinson, Walton Evangelical Church, Chesterfield, orig. unknown)