Monday, February 11, 2008 at 1:14PM
The process of reading into a text of scripture a meaning that is not there.
- From Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, Dictionary of Theology, Eisegesis:
An example would be in viewing 1 Cor. 8:5 which says, “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,”(KJV). With this verse, Mormons, for example, bring their preconceived idea of the existence of many gods to this text and assert that it says there are many gods. But that is not what it says. It says that there are many that are called gods. Being called a god doesn’t make it a god. Therefore, the text does not teach what the Mormons say and they are guilty of eisegesis; that is, reading into the text what it does not say.
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