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EXEGESIS

The art and science of investigating and expressing the true sense of Sacred Scripture. Its function is to find out what exactly a given passage of the Bible says. Its rules are governed by the science of hermeneutics, whose practical application is concern of exegesis. Given the depth and complexity of the biblical text, biblical exegesis has been practiced from pre-Christian times. (Etym. Greek ex_g_sis, interpretation.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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