Importance Of Exegesis

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Exegesis is a research method. Its objective is to uncover the author’s intended meaning of the text for the original readers and its significance for today’s readers. To attain this goal, the researcher is intended to employ exegetical method as his research method. 2.1. Etymological study of the word Exegesis: The word exegesis derived from the Greek verb ‘έξηγ^ομαι,. It means ‘to lead out of’. This word can be used in a broader sense that is ‘to explain ’‘to interpret’ ‘read out of’. Therefore, the word referred to the 'reading out' of the text's meaning. Exegesis also meant to explain, interpret, tell, report, or describe. Exegesis characteristically referred to the delivery or discovery of a text's meaning based on the understanding…show more content…
They gave priorities to divinely ordain. Communities were believed and practised on the biblical teachings. Interpretation was focused with faith oriented life. According to Saint Augustine, whatever seems in the divine Word that does not literally relate to moral actions or to the truth of faith you must take to be allegorical. Therefore, the exegetical method of early period was connected to faith related interpretation. In this exegesis, the intention of the author seems to forget. The Stoic tradition employed this kind of allegorical interpretation in ancient texts. This method was developed in School of Alexandria. It was practised in the Old Testament by the Jewish exegete Philo about A. D.…show more content…
They are i) the literal or historical meaning, ii) the allegorical or spiritualized and symbolic meaning, iii) the tropological or moral or ethical meaning and the iv) is the anagogical or eschatological or heavenly meaning. Jewish exegetical method was closely related to the straightforward meaning of the text. It was encouraged by Judaism’s less philosophical theological movements. There is fourfold meaning of interpretations in Jewish exegetical tradition also. i) peshat – the plain meaning, ii) remez – allusion or allegory, iii) derash – the homiletical meaning, and iv) sod – the mystical or secret meanings are performed in this tradition. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, there was shifting occurred in biblical interpretation and exegetical methods. In this period, Martin Luther declared that the Holy Spirit is the writer and speaker in heaven and earth. Therefore His words cannot have more than one meaning. Interpretations of this age are based on the church fathers and major authorities had said about a text. Bible was translated in many languages, so that the study of Hebrew and Greek languages became high in this period. Theological position and historical situation of the interpreters played an important role in exegesis in reformers
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