Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person skilled in exegesis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person skilled in exegesis; an interpreter.
  • v. To interpret; to perform an exegesis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An exegetist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who expounds or interprets a literary production, particularly Scripture; one skilled in exegesis; an exegetist.
  • n. In Greek antiquity: A leader; guide; teacher; expounder.
  • n. In Athens, an interpreter of religious law and regulator of ceremonies. The office was confined to the aristocracy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person skilled in exegesis (especially of religious texts)

Etymologies

Greek exēgētēs, from exēgeisthai, to interpret; see exegesis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐξηγητής. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Wick, a journalist himself, is alert to the dilemma faced by reporters working inside closed countries: Does one tell the story as one sees it and risk ejection, or does one abide by the censorship and hope that the world can exegete the truth from hints and suggestions?

    A Talent for Being There

  • After all, this is no private event, for which it would be sufficient to read the Bible by oneself or even with the aid of an experienced exegete.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • In this liturgical Latin the requirements demanded by Hilary for the style of the Christian exegete are realized to the full: Non enim secundum sermonis nostri usum promiscuam in his oportet esse facilitatem: "There is no place here for the loose facility of the colloquial language" (In Ps. 13.1).

    Liturgical English and the Hieratic Tradition

  • Of course, this need not worry the modern exegete, but it bothers me.

    Palm Sunday

  • In this way, Rabanus Maurus became an exegete, philosopher, poet, pastor and man of God.

    Benedict on the Liturgy: "The Faith is not only thought"

  • He's not some disreputable, anti-social obsessive -- he's a veritable exegete of 9/11 anomalies, as fluent in the jargon of physics as he is in political dialectics.

    9/11 Truth and the Paranoid Style - Boing Boing

  • Moreover, they should be present to advise and to teach the Word of God in its context and teach the indigenous church leaders to exegete Scriptures.

    Jamaal Bell: The Missionary's Role In The Indigenous Church

  • Old Testament scholar Francis Watson, it can be said to have had three main figures: the systematic theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, often called the father of modern (Protestant) theology, who lived from 1768 to 1834; the historian of theology Adolf von Harnack, who lived from 18511 to 1930, and the exegete Rudolf Bultmann, who lived from 1884 to 1976.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • When you sit down with leaders and they cannot even exegete Romans 11:20-22, a person can know it is pretty bad.

    `Cecil Sherman was no moderate' | RELIGION Blog | dallasnews.com

  • She was the daughter of Jacob Abravanel (d. 1528), who was one of the two brothers of Isaac Abravanel (1437 – 1508), the Spanish Jewish exegete, philosopher and statesman.

    Benvenida Abravanel.

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  • (v): to perform exegesis

    It's got a history I can track at least back to 1874 across multiple fields of acadaemia, and I'm shortly submitting it to the OED.

    May 12, 2009