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This page revised and Copyrighted: Theon Doxazo

14 December, 2023

 

Exegesis Preface

02.1.0

Exegesis VS Eisegesis

 

Theology is man's attempt to comprehend the ineffable.  While we may never 'understand' God, it seems desirable to come as close to understanding Him as we are able.  Given our inevitable human failings, it should come as no surprise that human understandings should be expected to be incomplete and useful in only limited ways.  As my wife regularly says, 'we see through a glass, darkly' (1 Cor 13:12, KJV).  This being the case, we should acquire and use any given view of God, Man or the Church tentatively and carefully.  We should expect that our understanding will be limited and be willing to change, given the Spirit's leading.  As we work to develop and improve our understanding of God, Salvation, and the Church, we need to constantly focus our efforts on the revealed text of Scripture.

 

Classically, two different approaches to understanding the Scripture are recognized.  These approaches are Exegesis and Eisegesis.  Exegesis is the attempt to draw from the Biblical text the meaning placed there by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  On the other hand, Eisegesis is the process of taking a human idea or concept and reading it into the text of Scripture as if it were the idea intended by the Holy Spirit.  Eisegesis 'reads into' the Bible ideas that we, ourselves, have brought to the reading.  My anthropologist friends have taught me that it is almost impossible to be free of one's culture.  Linguists point out that the languages we speak structure our thinking in ways that lead us to certain kinds of perceptions and conclusions.  A theory, in a sense, is like Eisegesis.  There is a tendency to approach data with our pre-existing theory and see in the data only that which conforms to and supports our theory.  Eisegesis is potentially very dangerous.  Clearly, one should strive to Exegete the text without a personal agenda, and to simply seek the meaning the Lord intended to communicate as one reads His Word.

 

In an attempt to stay as close as possible to the text of Scripture, the Theory presented here will begin with an exhaustive Exegesis of the text in 2nd Peter 1:1-21 so that the reader can rationally decide on the appropriateness of the Theory which follows.

 

Preface Contents

 

This preface is made available to provide you with several resources that you may find helpful as you read this web site.

 

First you will find the English text of 2nd Peter 1:1-21 as presented by the New American Standard Bible (1973).  Why this translation?  This is the Bible my parents gave to me when I left to go do Bible college.  As you can guess, it is near and dear to my heart.

 

Next you will find an essay providing A Rationale for Studying the Scriptures in the Greek Language.

 

Then you will find a listing of the Greek Alphabet displayed using the Cardo font.  This font is the principal font that will be used on this site for displaying the Greek language.

 

Next you will find a table listing several Greek words and their transliterations and translations.  These words were chosen because they will be of crucial importance in studying this passage in 2nd Peter.

 

Then you will find the Greek text of Second Peter 1:1-21.  This text is from Nestle-Aland, 28th edition.  Again, the Cardo font us used to display the Greek.

 

Next you will find an essay entitled:  The Commentator's Impossible Job.

 

Finally, you will find an essay describing the concept of the 'prototype' and its use in the 2nd Peter Theory.  This is a very powerful concept and it is hoped that applying this term will allow us to better communicate the concepts necessary to understand the 2nd Peter Theory.