George Herbert And The Mystery Of The Word: Poetry And Scripture In Seventeenth-century England by Gary KucharGeorge Herbert And The Mystery Of The Word: Poetry And Scripture In Seventeenth-century England by Gary Kuchar

George Herbert And The Mystery Of The Word: Poetry And Scripture In Seventeenth-century England

byGary Kuchar

Hardcover | January 13, 2017

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This book presents a historically and critically nuanced study of George Herbert's biblical poetics. Situating Herbert's work in the context of shifting ideas of biblical mystery, Gary Kuchar shows how Herbert negotiated two competing impulses within post-reformation thought-two contrary aspects of reformation spirituality as he inherited it: the impulse to certainty, assurance, and security and the impulse to mystery, wonder, and wise ignorance. Through subtle and richly contextualized readings, Kuchar places Herbert within a trans-historical tradition of biblical interpretation while also locating him firmly within the context of the early Stuart church. The result is a wide ranging book that is sure to be of interest to students and scholars across several different fields, including seventeenth-century studies, poetry and the bible, and literature and theology. 

Gary Kuchar is Associate Professor of English at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is the author of Divine Subjection: The Rhetoric of Sacramental Devotion in Early Modern England; The Poetry of Religious Sorrow in Early Modern England; and co-editor of The Return to Theory in Early Modern English Studies Vol. 2.
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Title:George Herbert And The Mystery Of The Word: Poetry And Scripture In Seventeenth-century EnglandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:January 13, 2017Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319440446

ISBN - 13:9783319440446

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Herbert's Neatness
1. Mystery in The Temple
2. The Critique of Certitude in
3. Adoption, Doubt, and Presumption: From Perseverance to Assurance 
4. Herbert, Scripture, and Fellowship
5. Lord Cherbury in The Temple: Faith, Mystery, and Understanding
6. Truth and Method: Error and Discovery in The Temple
7. The Mystery of Hearkening: Listening for The Odour
8. Conclusion

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"By establishing George Herbert's position within a hermeneutic tradition to which the idea of mystery is central, Kuchar generates a fresh understanding of how Herbert's writings responded to the challenges of their historical moment - and of what they might mean for ours." (Ken Graham, University of Waterloo, Canada)