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Three words—exegesis, hermeneutics, and interpretation—are often used as synonyms to refer to the work of explaining the meaning of Scripture. At times a distinction is made between exegesis and hermeneutics, with interpretation being a broader term that includes both exegesis and hermeneutics.

Exegesis is to the handling of the text itself, seeking to find the meaning and implication of the words that have been given by God—the focus is on the words, sentences, verses, chapters, and books. Hermeneutics speaks of those principles that guide the investigation of the text, the principles that constitute the essential perspective by which one approaches the text. The believer never approaches the text with neutrality but always bring a certain mindset, either consciously or unconsciously, to the text. And that mind set not only affects the exegetical work but also the impacts the interpretation that is the conclusion of the exegesis.

guided by principles of hermeneutics,
concludes with interpretation,
and the interpretation
constitutes the believer’s theology.

This section contains articles related to the broad field of interpretation, including both exegesis and hermeneutics.

Articles related to Interpretation

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        Analogy of Faith

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