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How do you spell the opposite of exegesis?

Question:

I know what exegesis means but I’m looking for the manner or way of spelling the opposite of exegesis. I’m not sure whether it is eisegesis or isegesis. Which one is it?

Answer:

Exegesis is a critical analysis of a text, usually used to describe the task of objectively interpreting the Bible. Its opposite is eisegesis, which is the practice of interpreting text according to one’s preconceived ideas rather than according to the context of the text in question.

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