Jesus' death and resurrection pushed to the very limit the interpretativedevelopment he had begun, provoking on certain points a complete break with thepast, alongside unforeseen new openings. The death of the Messiah, "king ofthe Jews" (Mk. 15:26 and parallels), prompted a transformation of thepurely earthly interpretation of the royal psalms and messianic prophecies. Theresurrection and heavenly glorification of Jesus as Son of God lent these textsa fullness of meaning previously unimaginable. The result was that someexpressions which had seemed to be hyperbole had now to be taken literally. Theycame to be seen as divine preparations to express the glory of Christ Jesus, forJesus is truly "Lord" (Ps. 110:1), in the fullest sense of the word(Acts 2:36; Phil. 2: 1011; Heb. 1:10-12); he is Son of God (Ps. 2:7; Mk. 14:62;Rom. 1:3-4), God with God (Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:8; Jn. 1:1; 20:28); "his reignwill have no end" (Lk. 1:32-33; cf 1 Chr. 17: 11-14; Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:8)and he is at the same time "priest forever" (Ps. 110:4; Heb. 5:6-10;7:23-24).
On the other hand, the complex relationships that exist between the Jewishand Christian canons of Scripture raise many problems of interpretation. TheChristian church has received as "Old Testament" the writings whichhad authority in the Hellenistic Jewish community, but some of these are eitherlacking in the Hebrew Bible or appear there in somewhat different form. Thecorpus is therefore different. From this it follows that the canonicalinterpretation cannot be identical in each case, granted that each text must beread in relation to the whole corpus. But, above all, the church reads the OldTestament in the light of the paschal mysterythe death and resurrection ofJesus Christwho brings a radical newness and, with sovereign authority, givesa meaning to the Scriptures that is decisive and definitive (cf. "DeiVerbum," 4). This new determination of meaning has become an integralelement of Christian faith. It ought not, however, mean doing away with allattempt to be consistent with that earlier canonical interpretation whichpreceded the Christian Passover. One must respect each stage of the history ofsalvation. To empty out of the Old Testament its own proper meaning would be todeprive the New of its roots in history.
Interpretation and Thematic Analysis - Scottish …
Rhetorical analysis does have, however, its limitations. When it remainssimply on the level of description, its results often reflect a concern forstyle only. Basically synchronic in nature, it cannot claim to be an independentmethod which would be sufficient by itself. Its application to biblical textsraises several questions. Did the authors of these texts belong to the moreeducated levels of society? To what extent did they follow the rules of rhetoricin their work of composition? What kind of rhetoric is relevant for the analysisof any given text: Greco-Roman or Semitic? Is there sometimes the risk ofattributing to certain biblical texts a rhetorical structure that is really toosophisticated? These questionsand there are othersought not in any waycast doubt upon the use of this kind of analysis; they simply suggest that it isnot something to which recourse ought be had without some measure ofdiscernment.
Thematic Coding and Analysis - SAGE Research Methods
As a result, in place of the patient toil of scientific exegesis, they thinkit necessary to substitute simpler approaches such as one or other of thevarious forms of synchronic reading which may be considered appropriate. Someeven, turning their backs upon all study, advocate a so-called"spiritual" reading of the Bible, by which they understand a readingguided solely by personal inspirationone that is subjectiveand intendedonly to nourish such inspiration. Some seek above all to find in the Bible theChrist of their own personal vision and, along with it, the satisfaction oftheir own spontaneous religious feelings. Others claim to find there immediateanswers to all kinds of questions touching both their own lives and that of thecommunity. There are, moreover, numerous sects which propose as the only way ofinterpretation one that has been revealed to them alone.
SAGE Reference - Thematic Coding and Analysis
While a qualitative researcher may employ a rigorous process of member checking or inter-rater reliability measures to maintain trustworthiness, DP analysts offer one interpretation of what they understand the discourse to be doing and try to make the thinking behind that analysis transparent.
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At the same time, history also illustrates the prevalence from time to timeof interpretations that are tendentious and false, baneful in their effectsuchas, for example, those that have promoted anti-Semitism or other forms of racialdiscrimination or, yet again, various kinds of millenarian delusions. Thisserves to show that this approach cannot constitute a discipline that would bepurely autonomous. Discernment is required. Care must be exercised not toprivilege one or other stage of the history of the text's influence to such anextent that it becomes the sole norm of its interpretation for all time.