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nounplural noun exegeses/-sēz/

  • Critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture.

    ‘the task of biblical exegesis’
    • ‘a close exegesis of the plot’
    • ‘Thus it is more like a volume of patristic exegesis of Scripture than a modern work of history or theology.’
    • ‘Is theological exegesis ruled reading-community interpretation-all the way down?’
    • ‘Where are the readings of Scripture by theologians, attempting to wrestle with exegesis of texts?’
    • ‘If a writer isn't careful, even the best biblical exegesis can render a parable lifeless.’
    • ‘That is to say, it is concerned with academic biblical exegesis and academic dogmatic theology.’
    • ‘Subjects treated include matters of exegesis, systematic theology and church history.’
    • ‘He stresses that the exegesis offers a critical explanation setting up the interpretative framework for the examiner.’
    • ‘Solemn pronouncements are made on the basis of textual exegesis rather than living experience.’
    • ‘More biblical exegesis is needed to sustain and to further the position of Vatican II.’
    • ‘The exegesis explores the genre of women's erotica and is well grounded in contemporary critical theory.’
    • ‘The main direction of this essay is concerned primarily with exegesis and the history of interpretation.’
    • ‘If that were the case, then the object of Augustinian exegesis would indeed be to annihilate particular texts.’
    • ‘Therefore, it can be said that true exegesis allows for a basically literal interpretation.’
    • ‘The authors themselves provide lengthy and thoughtful exegesis of the texts they reproduce.’
    • ‘He weaves together critical exegesis with discussion of Kosovo, diplomacy, and the war itself.’
    • ‘The exegesis, far from being new, sloppy in concept, or un-researched, now has its own developing history and rigor.’
    • ‘One is a more or less sociological exegesis in the following sense.’
    • ‘One of the courses I investigated includes a fine, thorough analysis of the steps involved in exegesis.’
    • ‘I knew that these would form my exegesis, yet still I lacked framing.’
    • ‘Bernard was not content with careful exegesis and orthodox doctrine - there is also an unusual fervency and passion in the sermons.’
    interpretation, explanation, exposition, explication, elucidation, clarification
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/ˌeksəˈjēsis/ /ˌɛksəˈdʒisɪs/


Early 17th century from Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai ‘interpret’, from ex- ‘out of’ + hēgeisthai ‘to guide, lead’.