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What is the differences between Exegesis and Hermeneutics and when do you use which in interpreting the Bible?


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October 11, 2008 8:39PM

Hermeneutics refers to the study of the interpretation of religious texts. With hermeneutics not just the text is studied but also any number of objects subject to interpretation, such as experiences. So studying how a piece of scripture speaks to us today, or looking at the scpture from somebody else's point of view, and to appreciate the cultural and social forces that may have influenced their outlook, is hermeneutics . An exegesis, however, is the analytical interpretation and understanding of a text on the basis of the text itself. When studying the Bible it depends upon what your outcome is to be. If you wish to study the Word of God for itself, then exegesis is sufficient. However, if you desire to interpret how God's Word as read in a passage speaks to the world today, then the process of hermeneutics is probably more valuable