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The Enlightenment Bible By Jonathan Sheehan

The Enlightenment Bible

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How did the Bible survive the Enlightenment? Showing how Protestant translators and scholars in the 18th century transformed the Bible from a book justified by theology to one justified by culture, this book offers a history of the Bible in the century of its greatest crisis and, in turn, a new vision of this century and its effects on religion.
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The Enlightenment Bible: Translation, Scholarship, Culture by Jonathan Sheehan

How did the Bible survive the Enlightenment? In this book, Jonathan Sheehan shows how Protestant translators and scholars in the eighteenth century transformed the Bible from a book justified by theology to one justified by culture. In doing so, the Bible was made into the cornerstone of Western heritage and invested with meaning, authority, and significance even for a secular age. The Enlightenment Bible offers a new history of the Bible in the century of its greatest crisis and, in turn, a new vision of this century and its effects on religion. Although the Enlightenment has long symbolized the corrosive effects of modernity on religion, Sheehan shows how the Bible survived, and even thrived in this cradle of ostensible secularization. Indeed, in eighteenth-century Protestant Europe, biblical scholarship and translation became more vigorous and culturally significant than at any time since the Reformation. From across the theological spectrum, European scholars--especially German and English--exerted tremendous energies to rejuvenate the Bible, reinterpret its meaning, and reinvest it with new authority. Poets, pedagogues, philosophers, literary critics, philologists, and historians together built a post-theological Bible, a monument for a new religious era. These literati forged the Bible into a cultural text, transforming the theological core of the Judeo-Christian tradition. In the end, the Enlightenment gave the Bible the power to endure the corrosive effects of modernity, not as a theological text but as the foundation of Western culture.

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Winner of the 2005 George L. Mosse Prize, American Historical Association One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2005 "Sheehan's narrative is engaging and replete with fascinating detail... Sheehan's scholarship is praiseworthy, his erudition impressive, and his writing often elegant. This book represents a welcome contribution to modern European intellectual history and the history of biblical scholarship."--Thomas Albert Howard, American Historical Review "[A] splendid and clever book... [Sheehan's] work makes sense of the enlightenment Bible within historical and intellectual processes."--Scott Mandelbrote, English Historical Review "This is a book that needed to be written, and it has been written very well... [V]ery important, stimulating and accessible."--Anthony Page, Journal of British Studies "A model of comparative history... This book is not only a work about the Enlightenment; it is also a work of enlightenment."--David Kling, Church History "[A] fascinating story... [Sheehan's] inclusion of Jewish scholars and scholarship is especially welcomed... Highly recommended."--Choice "For those happy that the Bible should be a cultural artifact, and for those who seek to encounter the God of Abraham and Jesus through its pages, this is a valuable account of how modernity's characteristic construal of the Bible came about."--Walter Moberly, Reviews in Religion and Theology "Sheehan's scholarly accomplishment and historical contribution comes from the extensive new research he has done on the largely unrecorded history of Bible translation... Sheehan has thus introduced a whole new set of books and characters to track down and lines of questioning to explore. For that gift alone, German historians should rejoice."--John R. Holloran, H-Net Reviews

About Jonathan Sheehan


Jonathan Sheehan is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of a number of articles on European religion and its transformations, and winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Table of Contents


Preface: Forging the Cultural Bible ix Abbreviations xvii Chapter One: The Vernacular Bible: Reformation and Baroque 1 Part I: The Birth of the Enlightenment Bible Chapter Two: Scholarship, the New Testament, and the English Defense of the Bible 27 Chapter Three: Religion, the New Testament, and the German Reinvention of the Bible 54 Part II: The Forms of the Enlightenment Bible Chapter Four: Philology: The Bible from Text to Document 93 Chapter Five: Pedagogy: The Politics and Morals of the Enlightenment Bible 118 Chapter Six: Poetry: National Literature, History, and the Hebrew Bible 148 Chapter Seven: History: The Archival and Alien Old Testament 182 Part III: The Cultural Bible Chapter Eight: Culture, Religion, and the Bible in Germany, 1790-1830 223 Chapter Nine: "Regeneration from Germany": Culture and the Bible in England, 1780-1870 241 Afterword 259 Index 261

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CIN000407662
The Enlightenment Bible: Translation, Scholarship, Culture by Jonathan Sheehan
Jonathan Sheehan
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Princeton University Press
2007-06-12
296
0691130698
9780691130699
Winner of American Historical Association George L. Mosse Prize 2005 Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2005
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