Spinoza and the Irrelevance of Biblical Authority by J. Samuel PreusSpinoza and the Irrelevance of Biblical Authority by J. Samuel Preus

Spinoza and the Irrelevance of Biblical Authority

byJ. Samuel Preus

Paperback | January 11, 2009

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Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise (1670) is a landmark both in democratic political theory and in the history of biblical interpretation. J. Samuel Preus highlights Spinoza's achievement by reading the Treatise in the context of a literary conflict among his contemporaries about biblical interpretation. Preus' exposition of neglected primary sources surrounding Spinoza's work offers new evidence regarding his rhetorical strategy and intent in the Treatise. The book provides not only a valuable contribution to Spinoza scholarship but an important account of the origins of modern methods of biblical interpretation.
Title:Spinoza and the Irrelevance of Biblical AuthorityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.55 inPublished:January 11, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521093538

ISBN - 13:9780521093538


Table of Contents

1. Spinoza versus the interpreters; 2. Rationalism unleashed: Ludwig Meyer's new hermeneutic; 3. Disengagement: response from the right; 4. The liberal engagement: reason, usage, history; 5. Starting over: Spinoza's naturalised bible.

Editorial Reviews

"Preus presents a well-documented, convincing case and makes a significant contribution to the history of biblical interpretation." Theology Today