This is the kind of wording that scares most of us: “Hermeneutics was initially applied to the interpretation, or exegesis, of scripture. The terms “hermeneutics” and “exegesis” are sometimes used interchangeably. Hermeneutics is a wider discipline which includes written, verbal, and non-verbal communication. Exegesis focuses primarily upon texts.” Click here for the source.
Let me re-write that in English. Hermeneutics is the study of how we interpret the Bible. Exegesis means actually interpreting it (verb), which includes preaching, teaching through Bible studies, or writing books on the Bible. So what’s with all the big words? Well, when any topic becomes academic, it gathers more letters than most of us can cope with. 😉
Bible Q&A says this: “Hermeneutics is reading the Bible rightly, so that we see who God is and become human again.” It helps stop the vain arguments and foolish disputes which are mentioned in Titus 3. When, like me, you need to understand an Old Testament subject through both Jewish and Christian eyes, it’s a helpful area to study.
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