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Eisegesis

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Eisegesis is when a person interprets and reads information into the text that is not there. An example would be in viewing 1 Corinthians 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. See also exegesis.


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Entry for 'Eisegesis'. CARM Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ctd/e/eisegesis.html. 2013.

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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