Words of the Day: Exegesis versus Eisegesis

by 1389 on February 23, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), Bible, language, U.S. Constitution, U.S. law

This is a very important word.
These terms can also apply to the courts’ interpretation of the U.S. Constitution:

Exegesis = good
Eisegesis = bad

Compare:

Definition of EISEGESIS
: the interpretation of a text (as of the Bible [or Constitution]) by reading into it one’s own ideas

How many judges read their own ideas into their rulings on Constitutionality or lack of same, e.g., of the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA)?

Word of the day, Thursday, February 23, 2012: Exegesis

exegesisAudio Pronunciation\ek-suh-JEE-sis\

Definition:

noun

  • exposition, explanation; especially : an explanation or critical interpretation of a text

Examples:

  • For his senior thesis, John wrote an exegesis of the novels of D. H. Lawrence.
  • “Were it not for another mini-exegesis hanging alongside ‘Witness,’ uninitiated viewers might have trouble interpreting this large-scale painting as a response to Ethiopia’s drought and famine of the 1980s.” — From a review by Kevin J. Kelley in Seven Days (Burlington, Vermont), October 5, 2011

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