Bible Authority and Interpretation - Key Terminology

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Diachronic Exegesis
Investigates the text as it has developed historically over time.
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Synchronic Exegesis
Interprets the biblical text in its final form.
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Eisegesis
Means "reading into the text". Meaning is not fixed by the text but is a relationship between the reader's own agenda and experiences and the text itself.
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Exegesis
Means "reading out of the text". Meaning is located in the text and is there simply waiting to be read.
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Hermeneutics
Is the art of interpreting a text.
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Apophatic Way
Derived from the Greek meaning "to show no". The theology therefore talks in terms of what God is not, i.e. God is not evil, God is unknowable and God does not occupy time and space.
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Hermeneutical Circle
Is the process of interpretation which reads a text in its widest possible context.
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Creationism
Is the belief that the Bible and not evolutionary science offers the correct view of how the world was created.
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Biblical Inerrancy
Means that the Bible is without error or fault.
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Tautology
Is when the same thing is said twice using different words making it redundant or unnecessary.
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Scepticism
Is the position which tends to doubt what others hold to be true.
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Allegory
Is where a character or event in a text symbolically represent another deeper, spiritual, philosophical or political idea.
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Myth
Is story which conveys deep human experiences of the meaning of the world and our place in it.
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The Hermeneutic of Suspicion
Questions the underlying political and psychological motives which often form interpretations.
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Interprets the biblical text in its final form.

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Synchronic Exegesis

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Means "reading into the text". Meaning is not fixed by the text but is a relationship between the reader's own agenda and experiences and the text itself.

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Means "reading out of the text". Meaning is located in the text and is there simply waiting to be read.

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Is the art of interpreting a text.

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