Exegesis is synonymous with hermeneutics.
"To engage the written word means to follow a line
of thought which requires considerable powers of
inference making and
reasoning." - Neil Postman,
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Hermeneutics may be described as
the development and study
of theories of the interpretation
and understanding of
In contemporary usage in religious studies, hermeneutics
refers to the study of the interpretation of
Hermeneutics is more broadly used in contemporary
philosophy to denote the study of theories and
methods of the interpretation of all systems of text.
The concept of "text" is here extended beyond written
documents to all rendered abstract
constructs subject to interpretation.
A hermeneutic is
defined as a specific system or
interpretation, or a
specific theory of interpretation.
In essence hermeneutics involves
cultivating the ability to
understand things from somebody else's point of view,
to put oneself in another's
empathize and to
appreciate social forces that influence perspective.
is the process of applying this understanding to
interpreting the meaning of written texts
and symbolic artifacts
(such as art or
architecture), which may be
either historic or contemporary.
"The foundational law of all understanding and
knowledge is to find the spirit of the whole through the individual, and
through the whole to grasp the individual". - Friedrich AstTo understand text
as a whole, reference is established to
Inference of each individual
part is established by reference
to the whole.
This is the Hermeneutic Circle.
whole text nor any individual part can be properly understood without reference
to one another, and hence, it is a circle.
An author shares relevant aspects of himself
through his focus as what can be written
can only frame
fragments of the whole over short periods of time.
Narrator protagonists reveal their
nature through their focus.
This circular character of
interpretation does not make it impossible to interpret a text;
rather, it stresses that
the meaning of a text must be found within its cultural, historical, and
A common use of the word hermeneutics refers to
a process of scriptural
Throughout religious history scholars
and students of religious texts have sought to mine the wealth of their
meanings by developing a variety of different systems of
hermeneutics, developed from
provides a backing for interpretive projects.
Philosophical and scriptural hermeneutics
are mutually reinforcing.
Collapsing Hermeneutic Circle
Hermeneutics, the science of text
interpretation, came from two sources.
Around the time Plato spoke
rhetoric was first recognized as a discipline.
The first source is
Aristotle who promoted the study
of rhetoric, which soon came to dominate
Greek and Roman
The second is
Midrashic and Patristic
traditions of Biblical exegesis.
Scholars in antiquity
expected a text to be coherent while exhibiting unity in consistent grammar
and style just as we do today.
amended "decadent" readings to comply with codified rules.
extending the perception of
inherent logic of narrative texts, Greeks were able to attribute works of
Exegesis (from the Greek - 'to
lead out') involves an extensive and
critical interpretation of an authoritative body of text, especially of a
holy scripture or
sacred text, such as of the
New Testaments of
the Bible, the Talmud, the
sacred scripture in Christianity "reveals"
how the Holy Spirit
inspired the authors of the scriptural texts to pen
Exegesis is used for the
Hermeneutic passion is the desire to know another and be known
By empathetically entering into a text - in a living
interpretation of a text - the reader both appreciates the text as written and
relates the text to his/her own personal experiences.
Unstable Hermeneutic Circle
"Hermeneutical understanding can be described as
first of all we have to understand and be guided by
understanding, while the understanding sphere is not limited to science.
Other disciplines, which do not belong to science but are essential in
comprehending, should also be involved.
Distance is a domain of such
In result objectivity can appear only when
methods of investigations and measurements have been devised." - Marcin Furman,
Akademia Pomorska, Slupsku
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