Exegesis is the process of careful, analytical study of biblical passages that is undertaken in order to produce useful interpretations of those passages.
CONTEXT IS KING
A. There are three basic steps in inductive Bible study.
1. Observation: what does the text say?
2. Interpretation (exegesis): what did it mean tot he original hearers or readers?
3. Application (hermeneutics): how does the truth of this book apply to my life in the 20th century?
B. These three steps should be done in their consecutive order. Observation should be done first, followed by interpretation and ending with app1ication. Thorough observation leads to good interpretation and good interpretation leads into life-changing applications.