- an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.
Origin of eisegesis
1890–95; < Greek eisḗgesis, equivalent to eis- into + (h)ēge- (stem of hēgeîsthai to lead) + -sis -sis
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- the interpretation of a text, esp a biblical text, using one's own ideasCompare exegesis
C19: from Greek eis into, in + -egesis, as in exegesis
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Word Origin and History for eisegesis
the reading of one's own ideas into scripture, 1878, from Greek eis "in, into" + ending from exegesis.
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