Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Eisegesis

Learned a great new word today.  I think it's a word highly relevant to scripture study, scripture reading, and any search for truth.  The Word is: Eisegesis

Eisegesis (from Greek εἰς "into") is the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that it introduces one's own presuppositions, agendas, and/or biases into and onto the text.

The act is often used to "prove" a pre-held point of concern to the reader and to provide him or her with confirmation bias in accordance with his or her pre-held agenda.

Eisegesis is best understood when contrasted with exegesis.  While exegesis draws out the meaning from a text in accordance with the context and discover-able meaning of its author,eisegesis occurs when a reader imposes his or her interpretation into and onto the text.

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