- critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible.
Origin of exegesis
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- explanation or critical interpretation of a text, esp of the BibleCompare eisegesis
Word Origin for exegesis
C17: from Greek, from exēgeisthai to interpret, from ex- 1 + hēgeisthai to guide
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Word Origin and History for exegeses
1610s, from Greek exegesis "explanation, interpretation," from exegeisthai "explain, interpret," from ex "out" (see ex- (2)) + hegeisthai "to lead, guide," from PIE root *sag-. Related: Exegetical.
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