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The New Cambridge History of the Bible


  • 14 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Page extent: 992 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.65 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521513425)

This volume charts the Bible's progress from the end of the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. During this period, for the first time since antiquity, the Latin Church focused on recovering and re-establishing the text of Scripture in its original languages. It considered the theological challenges of treating Scripture as another ancient text edited with the tools of philology. This crucial period also saw the creation of many definitive translations of the Bible into modern European vernaculars. Although previous translations exist, these early modern translators, often under the influence of the Protestant Reformation, distinguished themselves in their efforts to communicate the nuances of the original texts and to address contemporary doctrinal controversies. In the Renaissance's rich explosion of ideas, Scripture played a ubiquitous role, influencing culture through its presence in philosophy, literature, and the arts. This history examines the Bible's impact in Europe and its increasing prominence around the globe.

• Combines biblical scholarship with cultural history • Features a broadly based team of international scholars • Integrates Eastern and global Christianity into the story of the Bible


Introduction Euan Cameron; Part I. Retrieving and Editing the Text in Early Modern Europe: 1. The study of tongues: the Semitic languages and the Bible in the Renaissance Alastair Hamilton; 2. The revival of Greek studies in the West Jill Kraye; 3. Humanist Bible controversies Richard Rex; 4. The Old Testament and its ancient versions in manuscript and print in the West, from c.1480 to c.1780 Scott Mandelbrote; 5. Critical editions of the New Testament, and the development of text-critical methods: from Erasmus to Griesbach (1516–1807) Eldon J. Epp; 6. In search of the most perfect text: the early modern printed polyglot Bibles from Alcalá (1510–20) to Brian Walton (1654–8) Alastair Hamilton; Part II. Producing and Disseminating the Bible in Translation: 7. Publishing in print: technology and trade Andrew Pettegree; 8. Latin Bibles in the early modern period Bruce Gordon and Euan Cameron; 9. The Luther Bible Euan Cameron; 10. Bibles in the Dutch and Scandinavian vernaculars to c.1750 A. A. den Hollander and Ole Peter Grell; 11. German Bibles outside the Lutheran movement Bruce Gordon; 12. Bibles in French from 1520 to 1750 Bernard Chédozeau; 13. English Bibles from c.1520 to c.1750 David Norton; 14. Bibles in Central and Eastern European vernaculars to c.1750 Graeme Murdock; 15. Bibles in Italian and Spanish Emidio Campi and Mariano Delgado; Part III. Processing the Bible: Commentary, Catechesis, Liturgy: 16. Authority G. R. Evans; 17. Theories of interpretation: the Quadriga and its successors Deeana Copeland Klepper; 18. The importance of the Bible for early Lutheran theology Kenneth G. Appold; 19. The Bible in Reformed thought, 1520–1750 Bruce Gordon; 20. The Bible in Roman Catholic theology, 1450–1750 Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer; 21. Orthodox Biblical exegesis in the early modern world (1450–1750) Athanasios Despotis; 22. The Bible in the pulpit, 1500–1750 Hughes Oliphant Old; 23. The Bible in catechesis, c.1500–c.1750 Ian Green; 24. The Bible in liturgy and worship c.1500–1750 Bryan D. Spinks; Part IV. The Bible in the Broader Culture: 25. The Bible in political thought and political debates, c.1500–1750 Nathan Rein; 26. The problem of 'spiritual discipline': apocryphal books among sixteenth-century leaders of the Lutheran churches Susan C. Karant-Nunn; 27. The Bible and the emerging 'scientific' world-view Peter Harrison; 28. Between humanism and Enlightenment: morality, reason and history as factors in biblical interpretation Henning Graf Reventlow; 29. The Bible and the early modern sense of history Euan Cameron; 30. The Bible and literature in the European Renaissance Brian Cummings; 31. The Bible and the visual arts in early modern Europe David H. Price; 32. The Bible and music in the early modern period (1450–1750) Markus Rathey; Part V. Beyond Europe: 33. The Bible in European colonial thought c.1450–1750 Fernando Cervantes; 34. Conquest and evangelisation: the Bible in colonial America (1500–1750) Daniel Bruno and Néstor O. Míguez.


'The essays in each part contribute to an overview that is thorough in its reach, taking account of a full range of topics that cover various features and positions … The volume is an indispensable resource for understanding developing approaches to the Bible as an ancient text.' Donald K. McKim, Renaissance Quarterly


Euan Cameron, Alastair Hamilton, Jill Kraye, Richard Rex, Scott Mandelbrote, Eldon J. Epp, Andrew Pettegree, Bruce Gordon, A. A. den Hollander, Ole Peter Grell, Bernard Chédozeau, David Norton, Graeme Murdock, Emidio Campi, Mariano Delgado, G. R. Evans, Deeana Copeland Klepper, Kenneth G. Appold, Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer, Athanasios Despotis, Hughes Oliphant Old, Ian Green, Bryan D. Spinks, Nathan Rein, Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Peter Harrison, Henning Graf Reventlow, Brian Cummings, David H. Price, Markus Rathey, Fernando Cervantes, Daniel Bruno, Néstor O. Míguez

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