The science of the interpretation or understanding of the meaning of something (e.g. and especially the Bible) is called hermeneutics. The practice of such interpretation is exegesis. All interpretation involves circular reasoning, e.g. one must understand the whole before one can understand a part, but the whole is made up of parts.
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