Archive for the ‘hermeneutics’ Category

Biblical Interpretation – the importance of context

October 29, 2008

“Curse God and Die.” is in the Bible.

A text out of context becomes a pretext leading to ridiculous interpretation. Many people use the Bible as if it’s a fortune cookie – when you crack it open, it tells you something you should do no matter what the context is. If we were to open the Bible looking for some kind of instant-instruction, and take the verse in the title of this post (Job 2:9) out of context, we would be influenced to do what the text says, “Curse God and die.” When we read the verse in context, though, we realize that it is actually a quote that Job’s wife made to him when things started not to go favorably for him (in human terms), and afterward, he rebukes her. The following video expounds upon the importance of reading the Bible, and everything for that matter, in the context of which it is written.

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)