Definition of exegete in English:



  • A person who interprets text, especially scripture.

    • ‘Though the exegetes believed the texts were records of eternal truth, the ritual manuals and Upanisadic treatises were compiled over a vast period of time - possibly more than a millennium.’
    • ‘Since the opponents argument depended on Scripture, Paul - an expert exegete - replied in kind.’
    • ‘Blaser's text is an exegete's paradise, or nightmare, simply because both theological and dramatic certainties are so difficult to distill from it.’
    • ‘At the same time, a smaller number of exegetes and commentators have attempted to interpret these metaphors, but have imported ideas and assumptions foreign to the world of Paul and the first Christians.’
    • ‘Instead of attempting to reconcile the verses by contextualizing them in time and in the full qur'anic text, many exegetes have employed the principle of abrogation as a blunt instrument.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that von Rad's exegesis is clearly Christian, but that is what Christian exegetes do.’
    • ‘No, but certainty is translated by Muslim exegetes throughout the ages as death, and so the only moment of absolute certainty that we have is death.’
    • ‘These particular cases exhibit the fine balance Childs practices as a passionate Christian interpreter and as a restrained exegete who listens attentively to the texts.’
    • ‘The problem, which is simply not being addressed, represents a challenge to exegetes, theologians, and historians of religion.’
    • ‘The issue of divorce and marriage continues to be a difficult one, for real people in the real world and their pastors and for exegetes as well.’
    • ‘Biblical exegetes intent on recovering historical origins treat the text as an object on which to practice methodical procedures when they should instead be acknowledging the traditions to which they themselves belong.’
    • ‘I paraphrased it as referring to damnation, which is the way that most exegetes seem to understand the text.’
    • ‘When attempting a topical decoding of any complex allegorical work, the exegete runs the perpetual risk of reading into the text and committing what Quentin Skinner has termed the mythology of doctrines.’
    • ‘So the jobs of the theologian, the interpreter of history, the counselor, the preacher, the cultural critic, and the scriptural exegete all converge.’
    • ‘Nowadays scholarly exegetes frown on such readings of Scripture, insisting that the particularities of a text must take priority over any generalizations that can be brought from that text.’
    • ‘If the moral resourcefulness of Scripture was obvious to medieval exegetes, it was even more so to Protestants.’
    • ‘Most exegetes and translators conclude that the second interpretation is the most likely but readily admit that certainty is not possible.’
    • ‘It is with the ‘time-grid’ that is wholly integral to the new creation that exegetes have the greatest difficulties, yet that is precisely the reality they are expected to interpret.’
    • ‘Earlier exegetes had attempted to do so by distinguishing precepts for ordinary Christians from counsels of perfection, intended only for advanced or perfect Christians.’
    commentator, observer, monitor, pundit, expert, authority, arbiter, interpreter, exponent, expounder


Mid 18th century from Greek exēgētēs, from exēgeisthai ‘interpret’.