Narcigesis is a word of fairly recent coinage that has not yet found its way into dictionaries. When people use the word, they are referring to a process of interpreting Scripture in a highly personal, even selfish way.

Narcigesis is a portmanteau word, combining the words narcissism and eisegesis. Narcissism is “excessive interest in or admiration of oneself,” and eisegesis is “interpretation of a text by reading into it one’s own ideas.” (Eisegesis is the opposite of exegesis, which is “critical explanation or interpretation of a text.”) So, narcigesis is “the explanation the Bible in a way that shows excessive interest in oneself and prioritizes one’s own ideas.”

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