eisegesis


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eisegesis

(ˌaɪsəˈdʒiːsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Theology) the interpretation of a text, esp a biblical text, using one's own ideas. Compare exegesis
[C19: from Greek eis into, in + -egesis, as in exegesis]

eisegesis

- The interpretation of a word or passage by reading into it one's own ideas.
See also related terms for interpretation.

eisegesis

the introduction by an interpreter of his own ideas into a text under explication.
See also: Bible
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eisegesis - personal interpretation of a text (especially of the Bible) using your own ideas
Christian Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Bible, Word of God, Book, Word - the sacred writings of the Christian religions; "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
interpretation - an explanation that results from interpreting something; "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"
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The text represents pure eisegesis of Genesis 11 (or, if one prefers, exegesis of the historical events).
Even if grasping is interpreting, it is not Eisegesis since grasping is something that ordinary people do [10].
Wright argues that Luther and generally all Protestants since have been preforming eisegesis instead of exegesis: that is, pushing foreign ideas into the text rather than extracting the true meaning from the text.
Biblical scholars argue that Aslan does not examine the Gospels using the method of exegesis--critical interpretation of a text--but instead he seems to practice eisegesis, using the text to prove one's own theories.
Eisegesis is always a danger in theological interpretation and so Worley's analysis and affirmation of ekphrasis deals with a fundamental issue regarding the hermeneutic relationship between theology and the arts.
So often is this the case that eisegesis tells us about the times and attitudes of the interpreter more than it reveals new insights into the actual meaning of the text.
While valuing the significance of the dimensions of the creeds and confessions for categorical avenues of understanding to provide a pathway into Jesus' parables, neither allegory (18) nor eisegesis are being attempted here.
It resonates deeply with Fernando Segovia's claim that "all exegesis is ultimately eisegesis.
This means that attempts to find a political theory in the Bible are examples of eisegesis.
The exegesis and eisegesis section honors Garber, in part, by using midrashic or dialogic methods to study Christian sources.
such an attempt is fraught with danger--not only the sacrificing of spirituality on the altar of naturalism and reductionism, but also the likelihood of sacrificing exegesis in favor of eisegesis.
Even in his most fanciful interpretations, in places of undeniable eisegesis, in passages where he contradicts the plain sense of the original text, he does not question the authority of the text.