Monday, March 9, 2009

Eisegesis

If you are not reading the daily posts at Theological Word of the Day I think you are missing something good. From last Thursday - Eisegesis.

Eisegesis [ahy’-suh-jee‘-sis]

(Greek eis-, “into” + Greek hegeisthai, “to guide”)

The interpretive fallacy of reading into (eis-) the text of Scripture a preconceived theology in order to make it fit with what those presumptions require. Eisegesis is to be contrasted with exegesis which involves the arrival of meaning from or out of (ex-) the biblical text, without the presumption of meaning dictating the results.

What a concise definition of one of the most common maladies in Bible study and preaching today., as well as the prescription for its cure!