The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c. 1530-1700

Hardcover | September 27, 2015

EditorKevin Killeen, Helen Smith, Rachel Judith Willie

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The Bible was, by any measure, the most important book in early modern England. It preoccupied the scholarship of the era, and suffused the idioms of literature and speech. Political ideas rode on its interpretation and deployed its terms. It was intricately related to the project of naturalphilosophy. And it was central to daily life at all levels of society from parliamentarian to preacher, from the "boy that driveth the plough", famously invoked by Tyndale, to women across the social scale. It circulated in texts ranging from elaborate folios to cheap catechisms; and it was mediatedin numerous forms, as pictures, songs, and embroideries; and as proverbs, commonplaces, and quotations.Bringing together leading scholars from a range of fields, The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, 1530-1700 explores how the scriptures served as a generative motor for ideas, and a resource for creative and political thought, as well as for domestic and devotional life.Sections tackle the knotty issues of translation, the rich range of early modern biblical scholarship, Bible dissemination and circulation, the changing political uses of the Bible, literary appropriations and responses, and the reception of the text across a range of contexts and media. Whereexisting scholarship focuses, typically, on Tyndale and the King James Bible of 1611, The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in England, 1530-1700 goes further, tracing the vibrant and shifting landscape of biblical culture in the two centuries following the Reformation.

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The Bible was, by any measure, the most important book in early modern England. It preoccupied the scholarship of the era, and suffused the idioms of literature and speech. Political ideas rode on its interpretation and deployed its terms. It was intricately related to the project of naturalphilosophy. And it was central to daily life ...

Kevin Killeen in Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at the University of York. He has edited Sir Thomas Browne: 21st Century Authors (OUP, 2014), and is author of Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England: Thomas Browne and the Thorny Place of Knowledge (Ashgate, 2009; winner of the CCUE Book Prize, 2010) ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:816 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 2.03 inPublished:September 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsNote to the ReaderKevin Killeen and Helen Smith: Introduction: All other bookes ... are but Notes upon this : The early modern BiblePart I: TranslationsPart One IntroductionSusan Wabuda: A day after doomsday : Cranmer and the Bible translations of the 1530sFemke Molekamp: Genevan legacies: The making of the English Geneva BibleKatrin Ettenhuber: A comely gate to so rich and glorious a citie : The paratextual architecture of the Rheims New Testament and the King James BibleKaren L. Edwards: The King James Bible and biblical images of desolationJamie H. Ferguson: The Roman inkhorn: Religious resistance to Latinism in Early Modern EnglandNigel Smith: Retranslating the Bible in the English revolutionPart II: ScholarshipPart Two IntroductionNicholas Hardy: The Septuagint and the transformation of biblical scholarship in England, from the King James Bible (1611) to the London Polyglot (1657)Ariel Hessayon: The Apocrypha in early modern EnglandDebora Shuger: Isaiah 63 and the literal senses of scriptureTorrance Kirby: The sundrie waies of Wisdom : Richard Hooker on the authority of scripture and reasonScott Mandelbrote: 'The Doors shall fly open': Chronology and biblical interpretation in England, c. 1630-c.1730Zur Shalev: Early modern geographia sacra in the context of early modern scholarshipNeil Forsyth: Milton's corrupt BibleCrawford Gribben: The commodification of scripture, 1640-1660: Politics, ecclesiology and the cultures of printNicholas McDowell: Self-defeating scholarship? Antiscripturism and Anglican apologetics from Hooker to the latitudinariansPart III: Spreading the WordPart Three IntroductionLori Anne Ferrell: The Church of England and the English Bible, 1559-1640Ian Green: Hearing and reading: Disseminating Bible knowledge and fostering Bible understanding in early modern EnglandRachel Willie: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God : Dissonance and psalmodyMary Morrissey: Ornament and repetition: Biblical interpretation in early modern English preachingAlasdair Raffe: Preaching, reading and publishing the Word in Protestant ScotlandMarc Caball: The Bible in early modern Gaelic Ireland: Tradition, collaboration and alienationHelen Smith: 'Wilt thou not read me, Atheist? : The Bible and conversionPart IV: The political BiblePart Four IntroductionJane Rickard: Mover and author: King James VI and I and the political use of the BibleKim Ian Parker: A King Like Other Nations : Political theory and the Hebrew Republic in the Early Modern ageAndrew Bradstock: Digging, levelling and ranting: The Bible and the Civil War sectsAnne Lake Prescott: A year in the life of King Saul: 1643Emma Major: That glory may dwell in our land : The Bible, Britannia, and the Glorious RevolutionPart V: The Bible and literaturePart Five IntroductionHelen Wilcox: The King James Bible in its Cultural MomentHannibal Hamlin: The noblest composition in the Universe or fit for the flames? The literary style of the King James BibleSarah Ross: Epic, meditation, or sacred history? Women and biblical verse paraphrase in seventeenth-century EnglandRuss Leo: Scripture and tragedy in the ReformationAlison Knight: This verse marks that: George Herbert's The Temple and scripture in contextNancy Rosenfeld: Blessed Joseph! I would thou hadst more fellows : John Bunyan's JosephBarbara K. Lewalski: Paradise Lost, the Bible, and biblical epicPart VI: Reception HistoriesPart Six IntroductionEmma Rhatigan: Donne's biblical encountersAndrew Morrall: Domestic decoration and the Bible in the early modern homeKevin Killeen: My exquisite copies for action: John Saltmarsh and the Machiavellian BibleRoger Pooley: Unbelief and the BibleErica Longfellow: Inwardness and English Bible translationsYvonne Sherwood: Early modern Davids: From sin to critiqueChronologyBibliographyNotes on ContributorsIndex