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Biblical Exegesis Sources: Get Started

This guides provides the steps and list of sources to use in doing a Biblical exegesis

What is Exegesis?

Exegesis is a "critical interpretation of a text or a portion of Scripture" according to Webster's Dictionary. 

The Research Guide provides the order in which to do an exegesis, a list of reference books to use, as well as a description of the purpose of each stage of the exegetical work:

First, study the background of the passage; second, study the individual works, and third study the content of the passage.

There are specific sources  you need to use in a particular order to do this. If you have any difficulty finding the correct work or using it, please ask a reference librarian for help.


First, use Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias to study the background of a passage. You may need to look up the theme, author, location or other major points of the passage when using these books.  See the list of books in the document  on the tab "Biblical Exegesis Sources".


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Biblical Exegesis Sources