What is Exegesis?

Exegesis is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text. Textual criticism investigates the history and origins of the text. Exegesis may also include the study of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the author, text, and original audience. Biblical exegesis is also known as Bible commentary and typically takes the form of a set of books, each of which is devoted to the exposition of one or two books of the Bible.

The incarnation of Christ as Jesus took place at a time when several monotheistic religions had successfully evolved from earlier forms such as polytheism. Much of human kind had moved up and away from those elemental religions that focused on worshiping the stones, the trees, the heat, the cold, and a variety of animals. They then set their sights on gods of fertility, the harvest, the moon, and the sun.

Modern exegetical studies draw from the larger corpora of text commentaries of the ancient world. They are also informed by newly discovered artifacts produced through the archeological excavations. And, those who believe that the Spirit of Truth is capable of delivering on the guidance that Jesus attributed to the Promised Helper, are enthusiastic about trusting the Helper and following the Truth, wherever it may lead.

I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world – a Holy One, a Supremely Enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals.— Siddhartha Gautama “The Buddha” (c. 563-483 bc) Nepalese holy man

The Truth never suffers from close examination. And so, the pivotal question now before us, as we dive into developing a deeper understanding, is: Did God somehow cap off or end his series of revelations or, is he still talking in a way that honors the teachers that have gone before? We believe he is actively refining, amplifying, and providing the essential context in ways that will advance the Gospel message to reach his entire family.

What parts of the Jesusonian Gospel resonate with Zoroastrians, Hindus, Confucian’s, Native Americans, Sikh’s, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Taoists, and those practitioners of what has been described and at times summarily dismissed as New Age religions? Which of these religious and philosophical persuasions have described our loving God as: The splendor of the splendid and the goodness of the good? Would your acceptance of such a statement, as true, depend upon your familiarity with respect to the source material?

Sensus plenior is a Latin phrase that means “fuller sense” or “fuller meaning.” It is used in Biblical exegesis to describe the deeper meaning intended by God but not necessarily understood by a human author. This too is where our God given powers of discernment come into play. This is why we cultivate an increased responsiveness to Divine Leading courtesy of The Spirit of Truth. And, the people that value such a trust in the Spirit, are hereby invited to participate in this unique study.