Eisegesis can be considered to be the opposite of Exegesis



Here is a good definition of Eisegesis right from Scripture:

1Corinthians 4:6
“I have applied all this to myself and Apol’los for your benefit, brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.” RSV

From a dictionary:

(eye-si JEE-sis), An interpretation, especially of Scripture, that
expresses the interpreters own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the
true meaning of the text.

How many false charges made by non-Catholics, against the Catholic Church, can you now refute, by using 1Cor 4:6?

How about the ‘Whore of Babylon’  for one?

In case you have never heard of Eisegesis, it can be considered to be the opposite of Exegesis:

Exegesis: investigation and study of Sacred Scripture through tradition,
history, archaeology, and criticism to find the true meaning. The antonym
for exegesis is eisegesis which means reading into a text something that simply is not there.

Submitted by Bob Stanley


  1. Considering what you stated about protestants, I would never take your words or teachings for any value. Number one, the uneducated and atheistic statements about what you believe exegesis means. Up above you claim it is based on” Sacred scripture through tradition”……Based on that alone, when we know how the Romans lived. Not to mention their pagan ways, and were told the truth by 12 apostle JEWISH laymen. Men, that had no prior biblical training, or education. If I actually accepted my knowledge of the TRUTH based on TRADITION , I would not KNOW THE TRUTH! I am not a theology student, but a regular housewife with children who love the LORD, and I know better than that ! And finally, my 10 year old knows better than to accept a truth based on tradition. WOW! YOU should maybe evaluate your non-protestant beliefs and dig deeper for the truth, for there is little time. THANK GOD. for MARTIN LUTHER and then some !!!! PRAISE GOD, not Mary ! Good Day, and we hope you learn the truth and allow pastors to be married ,so the children be left innocent like they should be.

    • From your post I am certain there has been a misunderstanding of terms. Sacred Tradition is the means by which the Holy Spirit has guided the People of God, from age to age. Before Moses set the first five books of the Old Testament to writing, only oral Tradition preserved the knowledge of the one, true, God and his promise of salvation for humankind. Moses started the Tradition of setting God’s inspired Word to writing, but the written Word was never intended to be the exclusive source. Indeed, once the Levitical Priesthood was established, under Moses and his brother, Aaron, the rule of faith would forever include Scripture, Tradition and the Teaching Authority of those who occupied the Chair of Moses. It was so in time of Christ – “Matthew 23:1-3 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, Saying: The scribes and the Pharisees have sitteth on the chair of Moses. All things therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do: but according to their works do ye not. For they say, and do not.” – as it was afterward, when Saint Paul was known to write: “2nd Thessalonians 2:15 (2:14) Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle (letter).” Saint Paul quoted Old Testament Scripture. He preached, orally. He also relied on his God-given authority – just as things had always been done, since the time of the Exodus. Trained by Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit, all the other Apostles followed suit – as did their authoritative successors. It was the Protestants, during the 15th century, who attempted to redefine what God had originally set in place – and that ill fated attempt is still the centerpiece of the Protestant Faith Tradition. Nowhere in the Bible do we find either Salvation by Faith Alone, or reliance on Scripture, Alone. In fact, the reverse is true, as I have pointed out. Tradition includes every facet of the Christian life. Sacred Scripture – the written Word of God – is only one very important part of the Church’s Tradition. How do we know this, for certain? The Church existed for some 400 years before the Bible ever existed. If the Bible was absolutely essential to the Church, this would have been impossible. Saint Paul and the other Apostles had only the Old Testament Scriptures available to them, since THEY HAD NOT YET WRITTEN the New Testament, nor had the Church officially and AUTHORITATIVELY proclaimed selected Apostolic writings to be Scripture. To repeat: The Holy Spirit guides the Church from age to age by means of Sacred Tradition. Some of this is oral, some written, some by established practice and precedent, but all of it by faith, through grace. The Protestant definition of tradition is and has always been sorely limited, self-serving, inaccurate – and just plain wrong. How do we know this, for sure? By all the things Protestants do and teach that are not found in the Bible – plus the many, many things that are in the Bible which they patently reject or cleverly work around! This is all part of the Protestant Faith Tradition. Make of it what you will. But it can’t be truthfully denied. Thank you for commenting.

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