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Eisegesis gone wrong…awfully wrong

By Conrad Mbewe

Eisegesis—which is the practice of reading your own meaning into someone else’s words—is always wrong. In the Christian Faith we normally use this word to talk about preachers who tend to go to a passage of Scripture and read their own meaning into the passage. It is the opposite of exegesis, where you seek the meaning of a text from the text itself.

So, if it is always wrong then why am I speaking of “Eisegesis gone wrong…awfully wrong”? It was because of my recent experience. I was driving home when I turned on the car radio and found myself listening to a sermon on Luke 15:8, which says, “What woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?”




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