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Eisegesis is reading a foreign meaning into the text.[1] In the case of the Bible, it is the imposing of one's own interpretation into and onto the text by the reader, by saying that it means what it does not mean (reader-response Biblical interpretation).[2]

Eisegesis is severely condemned according to many literalist readings of the text of the Book of Deuteronomy and the Book of Revelation. See Literalist commentaries on Revelation 22:18 and Literalist commentaries on Deuteronomy 4:2 (biblehub.com).


  1. Henry A. Virkler and Karelynne Gerber Ayayo [1981] (2007). "1:Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics", Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation, 2, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Bacer Academic, 17. ISBN 978-0-8010-3138-0. 
  2. See four articles

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