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Exegesis
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Exegesis (Gk., ‘explanation’; etym., ‘out-leading,’ ‘ex-position’) denotes the interpretation or explanation of a text or a passage of a text, especially one from the Bible, and especially at the hands of an expert. In Greek sanctuaries, exegetes stood ready to ‘translate’ oracles of the god into human speech, or to explain to strangers the meaning of the chunks of boulder, or the tree, in the sanctuary, having to find an answer for everything. In theology, professionals concern themselves with …

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Exegesis”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 10 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00022>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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