By Nicholas Hardy
comprehensive problem to this account. all through this era, all different types of biblical scholarship have been meant to give a contribution to theological debates, instead of defusing or transcending them, and significant collaboration among students of other confessions used to be an exception, instead of the norm. 'Neutrality' was
a fiction that obscured the ways that scholarship served the pursuits of ecclesiastical and political associations. Scholarly practices assorted from one confessional context to a different, and the growth of 'criticism' used to be by no means straightforward.
The examine demonstrates this via putting scholarly works in discussion with works of dogmatic theology, and evaluating examples from a number of confessional and nationwide contexts. It deals significant revisionist remedies of canonical figures within the historical past of scholarship, equivalent to Joseph Scaliger, Isaac Casaubon, John Selden, Hugo Grotius, and Louis Cappel, in keeping with unstudied archival in addition to revealed resources; and it locations these figures along their extra marginal, neglected opposite numbers. It also
contextualizes scholarly correspondence and other kinds of highbrow alternate through contemplating them along the documents of political and ecclesiastical our bodies. all through, the examine combines the equipment of the background of scholarship with thoughts drawn from different fields, together with literary,
political, and spiritual background. in addition to providing a brand new background of seventeenth-century biblical feedback, it additionally reviews sleek scholarly assumptions in regards to the relationships among erudition, humanistic tradition, political activism, and spiritual identity.
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Criticism and Confession: The Bible in the Seventeenth Century Republic of Letters (Oxford-Warburg Studies) by Nicholas Hardy