But to have real validity, any such sensus plenior must be firmly rooted in the primary meaning of the text, established by the historical method.
A phrase used by Dante not only contains and is illumined by the meanings it derived from Virgil or the Vulgate: it, in its turn, illuminates Virgil and the Vulgate and gives new meaning to them. It not only passes on those meanings, supercharged with Dante's own meaning, to Tennyson and Landor, to Rossetti and Yeats, to Williams and Eliot and Pound, but it receives back from them the reflected splendore of their own imaginative use of it.30
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|ALT A. Kleine Schriften zur Geschichte des Volkes Israel, 3 vols., Munich, 1953, 1959, 1964; ETr of a selection, Essays on Old Testament History and Religion, Oxford, 1966.|
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Publication information: Book title: Tradition and Interpretation. Contributors: G. W. Anderson - Author. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford, England. Publication year: 1979. Page number: 414.