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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But we shall not find a consistent position in which the tasks of biblical exegesis and scientific inquiry were no longer mutually relevant.
▪ Ruotolo apparently submitted, but then published a pamphlet attacking current exegesis, especially as it was taught at the Biblicum.
▪ Secondly, and crucially, it is not sophisticated exegesis that leads scholars to disbelieve in devils.
▪ Sometimes ingenious Bible expositors have led whole generations of clergy down obscure backwaters of scriptural exegesis.
▪ The narrative is frequently interrupted by passages of scientific exegesis in a completely different register from the surrounding discourse.
▪ The whole subject has become far too ambiguous, and too barnacled with exegesis, for dogmatic analysis.
▪ Thus the prophet prepares his hearer morally for exegesis.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Exegesis \Ex`e*ge"sis\, n.; pl. Exegeses. [NL., fr.Gr. ?,fr. ? to explain, interpret; ? out + ? to guide, lead, akin, to ? to lead. See Agent.]

  1. Exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text or portion of Scripture.

  2. (Math.) The process of finding the roots of an equation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, "explanatory note," from Greek exegesis "explanation, interpretation," from exegeisthai "explain, interpret," from ex "out" (see ex-) + hegeisthai "to lead, guide," from PIE root *sag- "to track down, seek out" (see seek (v.)). Meaning "exposition (of Scripture)" is from 1823. Related: Exegetic; exegetical; exegetically.


n. An exposition or explanation of a text, especially a religious one.

  1. n. an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)

  2. [also: exegeses (pl)]


Exegesis (; from the Greek from , "to lead out") is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text, particularly a religious text. Traditionally the term was used primarily for work with the Bible; however, in modern usage "biblical exegesis" is used for greater specificity to distinguish it from any other broader critical text explanation.

Exegesis includes a wide range of critical disciplines: textual criticism is the investigation into the history and origins of the text, but exegesis may include the study of the historical and cultural backgrounds for the author, the text, and the original audience. Other analysis includes classification of the type of literary genres present in the text, and an analysis of grammatical and syntactical features in the text itself.

The terms exegesis and hermeneutics have been used interchangeably.

Exegesis (group)

In the 1970s Robert D’Aubigny remodelled Werner Erhard's controversia l EST program into the more UK friendly Exegesis programme while keeping the essence of it unaltered.

Exegesis, was a group of individuals that delivered the Exegesis Programme (a radical neuro-linguistic programme) through an Exegesis Seminar. The end result of the programme was individual enlightenment, a personal transformation. Founded in 1976 as Infinity Training by Robert D'Aubigny, a former actor, Exegesis ran seminars in the United Kingdom in the later 1970s and early 1980s. Although not in itself a religion or belief, the programme was popularly interpreted as such.

Graduates of the programme could attend workshops where a participant worked on personal development while being supported in confronting worst fears.

In 1978 in London, British musician Mike Oldfield participated in an Exegesis seminar that included a rebirthing process. People who met Oldfield after the seminar often found that he would stare at them from above, with his face only a few inches from theirs. The part that perhaps left the biggest impression on Oldfield was where he re-created the experience of his own birth. The course-goers were encouraged to do so. Through this, it emerged that Oldfield's problems all stemmed from him having a distressing birth. He then re-created the experience to disappear the feelings. Oldfield's metamorphosis has been described as "astonishing", a transformation from a "painfully diffident recluse" into "a garrulous, over-bearing extrovert". Oldfield, who has since undergone psychotherapy and taken up meditation, described his behaviour after the programme, which included frequent interviews, nude photographs, flying lessons and a short-lived marriage to D'Aubigny's sister, as "a reflex action... I wanted to try everything", but also stated: "But it was right for me, that's all I know. I felt like I'd turned the clock back and had a second chance. It became obvious to me that all the panic I’d felt was the memory of my birth, coming out into the world."

Greater interest in the programme, arguably due to Oldfield's proselytising, led to the group being investigated by the press and becoming the subject of a controversial television play. British Members of Parliament raised questions in the House of Commons, resulting in an investigation by Scotland Yard. Although the police brought no charges, Exegesis ceased to run seminars around 1984, but re-emerged as a telesales company called Programmes Ltd.

In 2014 and 2015 two books were published about the programme, a re-enactment, and a literal validation.

Exegesis (disambiguation)

Exegesis is extensive and critical interpretation of authoritative text, especially a religious text.

Exegesis may also refer to:

  • The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, a mystical autobiography by Philip K. Dick
  • Exegesis, a science fiction novel by Astro Teller
  • Exegesis (group), a radical neuro-linguistic programme

Usage examples of "exegesis".

Although primarily the new science of theological exegesis in the Church did more than anything else to neutralise the historical value of the New Testament writings, yet, on the other hand, it immediately commenced a critical restoration of their original sense.

New Testament, and was consequently obliged to adopt the Gnostic exegesis, which was imperative as soon as the apostolic writings were viewed as a New Testament.

Biblical exegesis to a fixed theory appears in its historical greatness and importance.

But there is a desire to treat the given material in a strictly scientific manner, just as the Gnostics had formerly done, that is, on the one hand to establish it by a critical and historical exegesis, and on the other to give it a philosophical form and bring it into harmony with the spirit of the times.

But, as this method implied the acknowledgment of a sacred literature, Origen was an exegete who believed in the Holy Scriptures and indeed, at bottom, he viewed all theology as a methodical exegesis of Holy Writ.

This is effected by the method of Scripture exegesis which ascertains the highest revelations of God.

We must here content ourselves with merely pointing out that the method of scientific Scriptural exegesis also led to historico-critical investigations, that accordingly Origen and his disciples were also critics of the tradition, and that scientific theology, in addition to the task of remodelling Christianity, thus began at its very origin the solution of another problem, namely, the critical restoration of Christianity from the Scriptures and tradition and the removal of its excrescences: for these efforts, strictly speaking, do not come up for consideration in the history of dogma.

Freud, the exegesis of all those unspoken phrases that support and at the same time undermine our apparent discourse, our fantasies, our dreams, our bodies.

For if exegesis leads us not so much towards a primal discourse as towards the naked existence of something like a language, will it not be obliged to express only the pure forms of language even before it has taken on a meaning?

And in order to formalize what we suppose to be a language, is it not necessary to have practised some minimum of exegesis, and at least interpreted all those mute forms as having the intention of meaning something?

In other cases, not a few, the Scriptures, perverted from their true purpose and wrested by a vicious and conceited exegesis, were brought into collision with the law written on the heart.

By processes of exegesis which critical scholarship regards with a smile or a shudder, the helpless pope was made to figure as the Antichrist, the Man of Sin and Son of Perdition, the Scarlet Woman on the Seven Hills, the Little Horn Speaking Blasphemies, the Beast, and the Great Red Dragon.

We maintain that a true historical exegesis, with far less violence to the use of language, and consistently with known contemporaneous ideas, makes it denote the death of Christ, and the events which were supposed to have followed his death, namely, his appearance among the dead, and his ascent to heaven, preparatory to their ascent, when they should no longer be exiled in Hades, but should dwell with God.

Nothing but the most desperate exegesis can make these and many similar texts signify simply the purging of individual breasts from their offences and guilt.

Against this exegesis we have to say, first, that, so far as that goes, the vast preponderance of critical authorities is opposed to it.