Definition of exegesis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌeksəˈjēsis/

noun (plural exegeses /-sēz/)

Critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture: the task of biblical exegesis a close exegesis of the plot
More example sentences
  • 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?
interpretation, explanation, exposition, explication



Pronunciation: /-ˈjetik/
Example sentences
  • The merit of Okpewho's project and the value of this sort of localized exegetic approach thus seem counterbalanced by the polarized perspective of the author.
  • In this manner diegetic and exegetic processes are naturally blurred: a particular effort of abstraction has been to divide them.
  • According to my teachers, even the Oral Law, the commentary that makes the written Torah intelligible, was deduced by the sages according to definite exegetic principles also given at Sinai.


Pronunciation: /ˌeksəˈjedək(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Decisions about what constitutes the ‘plain sense’ are less textual and exegetical than they are traditional and theological.
  • The questions that the author raises and his theological and exegetical observations are helpful for those who want to study more deeply the biblical texts or prepare for sermons and Bible studies.
  • He attempts to bridge the gap between theology and spirituality and recover the type of exegetical theology that was prominent in the early centuries and the greater history of the Church.


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

Words that rhyme with exegesis

amniocentesis, anamnesis, ascesis, catechesis, diesis, mimesis, prosthesis, psychokinesis, telekinesis

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Syllabification: ex·e·ge·sis

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