Friday, June 29, 2007

WORD A DAY

EXEGESIS: exposition, explanation; especially: an explanation or critical interpretation of a text

Theological scholars have long been preoccupied with interpreting the meanings of various passages in the Bible. In fact, because of the sacred status of the Bible in Judaism and Christianity, biblical interpretation has played a crucial role in both religions throughout their histories. English-speakers have used the word "exegesis" - a descendant of the Greek term exegeisthai, meaning "to explain" or "to interpret" - to refer to explanations of Scripture since the early 17th century. Nowadays, however, academic writers interpret all sorts of texts, and "exegesis" is no long associated mainly with the Bible.

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