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  1. a person skilled in exegesis.
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Also ex·e·get·ist [ek-si-jet-ist] /ˌɛk sɪˈdʒɛt ɪst/.

Origin of exegete

1720–30; < Greek exēgētḗs guide, director, interpreter, equivalent to exēgē- (see exegesis) + -tēs agent suffix
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Historical Examples

  • This, in fact, constitutes his real and permanent distinction as an exegete.

    History of the Jews, Vol. VI (of 6)

    Heinrich Graetz

  • Palmieri was not only a theologian, a moralist and a philosopher, but an exegete.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • Both as an exegete and as a typologist he appears as a disciple of the Pharisees.

  • As an exegete he exercised a powerful, and on the whole a beneficial, influence on theological investigation.

  • As long as he remained in Spain he was only known as a clever mathematician and astronomer, not as an exegete.

British Dictionary definitions for exegete


exegetist (ˌɛksɪˈdʒiːtɪst, -ˈdʒɛt-)

  1. a person who practises exegesis
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Word Origin

C18: from Greek exēgētēs, from exēgeisthai to interpret; see exegesis
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Word Origin and History for exegete


1730s, from Greek exegetes "an expounder, interpreter" (especially of the Bible), from exegeisthai (see exegesis).

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