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The technical term for interpretation is hermeneutics, which originates with the Greek term hermēneuein (to interpret). The term is also associated with the Greek god Hermes, who is identified as the messenger of the gods. Within a religious context, interpretation plays an essential role by making sense of and coming to understand the divine messages in oral form and those preserved in writing. As time evolves and historical circumstances change, the art of interpretation becomes a never-ending task for newer generations of a religious tradition seeking to make sense of their religious history and texts and those of others.