Exegesis, Eisegesis and Hermeneutics!

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You might be wondering what these words mean and if they really are words???

Yes, they are real words, and they are relevant to our modern day Christian work.

As mentioned in the last article, we had an amazing teaching time at the beginning of March on the New Testament. One of the things that made this event so exciting was that it was taught by two (2) brothers from our own congregation, J. Tyrone Marcus and David Lewis. These guys put together six (6) wonderful tutorial sessions on, ‘How to Read and Interpret the Bible.’ We were given some very valuable tools and resources for a more effective and applicable Bible study which would bring me to the explanation of the words in the title.

Exegesis is basically studying the scriptures in context. It involves systematically finding out who the writer was talking to, what was he trying to teach or share and why was he writing.

Eisegesis is described as the process by which the reader uses his own ideas or bias to interpret a passage rather than the meaning of the passage itself.

Hermeneutics is basically the application or practice of what was read.

The six (6) sessions covered were:

· Tools for New Testament Interpretation

· The Epistles or Letters

· Practice Exegesis

· The Gospels

· Acts

· An inspiring message on Chapters 2&3 of the book of Revelations.

If you would like to access these lessons, they are available on this website in our Latest Sermon Column (choose the Bible teaching series).

Log on, be inspired and challenged to make more of your bible study.