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Writing Exegesis Papers: Home

This guide provides an overview of resources that can help support the exegesis process. The materials here are a starting point. Make sure to check with your instructor for specific guidelines.

The term "exegesis" is a loan-word from Greek (ek "out" + hegeisthai "to lead"), meaning "to lead out"- it refers to the discipline of studying to get meaning out of a text.

It is helpful to contrast exegesis with "eisegesis" (a neologism, where the preposition ek [ex] "out" is replaced with the preposition eis "into").

While exegesis strives to have meaning come from the text, eisegesis is reading meaning into the text. 


"We want to do exegesis not eisegesis."

Dr. Phyllis Trible

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