The Bible is not Open to Narcigesis: Thinking the Bible is Written to You

Oh I like this word very much. Thanks Jeff Carter!

Jesus Without Baggage

The Bible is a massive collection of writings, and we must investigate and interpret each passage to understand what it says. There are two primary ways of doing this.

Exegesis

All genuine scholars know that study of biblical passages begins with exegesis, which is determining what the passage actually says. We do this by careful analysis of the passage’s original language using tools by language experts. Context is also involved.

Unfortunately, most of us are unable to do this. But we can access the works of exegetical scholars (I recommend Anchor Bible Commentaries). Keep in mind that most commentaries are NOT exegetical, so choose appropriately.

Eisegesis

Eisegesis is reading our presuppositions and our theological perspectives INTO a passage. A lot of believers read the Bible this way without realizing it. Eisegesis is not a satisfactory way of understanding the biblical text.

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Narcigesis

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2 thoughts on “The Bible is not Open to Narcigesis: Thinking the Bible is Written to You

  1. jesuswithoutbaggage 24/08/2016 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for the reblog, Dr. Jim!

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    • Jim 24/08/2016 at 2:47 pm

      thanks for a fun and apropos post

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