Babylon Bee: How Critical Is God’s Word?

27 Aug

In a rare instance, this Babylon Bee did not include any essay after the provocative picture. But I can’t resist adding my two cents’ worth! Those serious about Bible study are familiar with two terms: exegesis and eisegesis. The second term “eisegesis” means to read into the Bible what WE want to be there. This approach to Scripture is summed up nicely by the ditty:

“Wonderful things in the Bible I see

When they are put there by you and me!”

If you or I write a paper for a Bible class and the prof returns it with the words, “This is the best example of eisegesis I have ever seen!”, that is not a compliment and you should not be surprised with the grade of “F” written in red across your title page.

Exegesis, on the other hand, is literally the leading out of what is there. In other words, it is allowing the Scripture to make its own point. We want our papers and our articles and our preaching to be exegetical! Even when such work contradicts our already-formed opinions!


Posted by on August 27, 2020 in Bible study


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2 responses to “Babylon Bee: How Critical Is God’s Word?

  1. Carl Foresti

    August 27, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Larry, can you make some suggestions to your readers of resources that can be used to learn how to do Exegesis properly? I have listened to Dave Reid’s series on Hermeneutics (Growing Christian Ministries) and found that very helpful–are there any similar resources for Exegesis? I have started working my way through an online series by David Helm via Simeon Trust which I’m hoping will help me in this area, but I’d appreciate any resources you might recommend.

  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    August 28, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Brother Carl:

    Thank you for your question. I’m probably a bad one to ask about sources for doing exegesis. I’m a big believer in reading and re-reading the text multiple times, developing an outline (if possible), and then going to the best commentaries on that text.



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