A Greek word (found in the LXX but not in NT) meaning ‘explanation’. It refers nowadays to commentary on the biblical text to elucidate obscurities and to relate one word or verse or section to others in order to define exact meanings. Modern exegesis therefore makes use of textual criticism and linguistic expertise as well as historical and literary disciplines and can also make use of archaeological discoveries. Mistakes in any of these areas could result in false exegesis, as was the case with exegesis of Jesus' parables about the kingdom of God as long as the Kingdom continued to be identified with the Church.

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  • exegesis — exégesis o exegesis (plural exégesis o exegesis) sustantivo femenino 1. Uso/registro: elevado. Interpretación de un texto, en especial de la Biblia: La exégesis de la Biblia ha dado lugar a diferentes doctrinas dentro del cristianismo …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • exegesis — exégesis o exegesis ‘Interpretación’. Ambas acentuaciones son válidas, pero el uso mayoritario y la etimología hacen preferible la forma esdrújula exégesis. Es invariable en plural (→ plural, 1f): las exégesis. Igual fluctuación acentual presenta …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • exegesis — 1610s, from Gk. exegesis explanation, interpretation, from exegeisthai explain, interpret, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex ) (2)) + hegeisthai to lead, guide, from PIE root *sag . Related: Exegetical …   Etymology dictionary

  • exegesis —    Exegesis has turned from a conservative art to a radical process. Originally, it was the art of interpreting textual material, and its original source stems from the interpretation of biblical material. That material is always fragmented and… …   Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture

  • exegesis — o exégesis (Del gr. ἐξήγησις, explicación, relato). f. Explicación, interpretación …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • exegesis — [ek΄sə jē′sis] n. pl. exegeses [ek΄sə jē′sēz΄] [Gr exēgēsis, explanation < exēgeisthai, to lead, explain < ex , out + hēgeisthai, to lead, guide < IE base * seg , *sag , to trace, suspect > SEEK, L sagire, to perceive quickly]… …   English World 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exegesis — index comment, construction, content (meaning), explanation, note (brief comment) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • exegesis — ► NOUN (pl. exegeses) ▪ critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture. DERIVATIVES exegetic adjective exegetical adjective. ORIGIN Greek, from ex geisthai interpret …   English terms dictionary

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