A proof text is a passage of scripture presented as proof for a theological doctrine, belief, or principle. Prooftexting (sometimes "proof-texting" or "proof texting") is the practice of using quotations from a document, either for the purpose of exegesis, or to establish a proposition in eisegesis (introducing one's own presuppositions, agendas, or biases). Such quotes may not accurately reflect the original intent of the author, and a document quoted in such a manner, when read as a whole, may not support the proposition for which it was cited. The term has currency primarily in theological and exegetical circles.
This is to be distinguished from quotations from a source deemed a hostile witness, which inadvertently substantiate a point beneficial to the quoter in the course of its own narrative. Even when lifted out of context, those facts still stand.
- "Definition of PROOF TEXT". www.merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
- "The Use of a Doctrinal Catechism in Sunday-School Instruction: A Symposium", Jesse L. Hurlbut et al; The Biblical World, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Sept 1900); retrieved via JSTOR
- "Problem with Proof-Texting". Covenant of Love. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
- "problems with proof-texting (1)". Peripatetic Learning. Carlsweatman.wordpress.com. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
- "Is Bible Verse Proof-Texting Problematic?". Mainsailministries.org. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
- McDonough, Kathy (2012-07-19). "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, Chapter 7: Abuse and Scripture". Recovering Grace. Retrieved 2013-11-14.