Exegesis and Scriptural Criticism

Explain what is an exegesis and demonstrate what is needed in order to do a proper exegesis of a passage of scripture. In doing so name at least three different methods of scriptural criticism and explain how they assist in the exegetical task.

In a strictly definitional sense, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, to conduct an "exegesis" merely means to embark upon a critical explanation or analysis of a text. (American Heritage Dictionary, exegesis, 2000) However, this neutral term contains, within its innocent sounding syllables, contains a long history of contentiousness, regarding scriptural interpretation. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "exegesis" within the ...

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in a literal or hermeneutic sense, that is to understand what the actual words of scripture meant when they were first written in their historical, literary, and canonical context. It can also approach scripture in a historical or formal sense. One can interpret the different interpretations that have applied to a particular passage in line of the overall composition of the Bible, in an attempt to understand how particular stories and the authors, assemblers, and readers of the text would likely have interpreted images in the past. Lastly, the Bible can be understood in a literary sense or in theological terms, how the Bible can function as guide for life for today. For instance, one can interpret Genesis' meaning of Adam and Eve, understanding the literal meaning of the tale and what the words used would have meant to an ancient Israelite, one could then interpret what the pairing of this second creation story meant with the previous, more general creation story before ...

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