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Oxford Handbook of the Bible in England, c. 1530-1700 (Kevin Killeen) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198828228
Oxford Handbook of the Bible in England, c. 1530-1700 (Kevin Killeen) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198828228
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Title: Oxford Handbook of the Bible in England, c. 1530-1700

Author: Killeen, Kevin

Additional Authors or Contributors: Helen Smith, Rachel Judith Willie (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2018

Paperback; ISBN: 9780198828228

Volumes: 1; Pages: 816

List Price in Paper: $45.00 Our price: $35.99

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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 natural philosophy. 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 mediated in 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. Where existing 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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Note to the Reader

Introduction: All other bookes ... are but Notes upon this : The early modern Bible, Kevin Killeen and Helen Smith

Part I: Translations

Part One Introduction

A day after doomsday : Cranmer and the Bible translations of the 1530s, Susan Wabuda

Genevan legacies: The making of the English Geneva Bible, Femke Molekamp

A comely gate to so rich and glorious a citie : The paratextual architecture of the Rheims New Testament and the King James Bible, Katrin Ettenhuber

The King James Bible and biblical images of desolation, Karen L. Edwards

The Roman inkhorn: Religious resistance to Latinism in Early Modern England, Jamie H. Ferguson

Retranslating the Bible in the English revolution, Nigel Smith

Part II: Scholarship

Part Two Introduction

The Septuagint and the transformation of biblical scholarship in England, from the King James Bible (1611) to the London Polyglot (1657), Nicholas Hardy

The Apocrypha in early modern England, Ariel Hessayon

Isaiah 63 and the literal senses of scripture, Debora Shuger

The sundrie waies of Wisdom : Richard Hooker on the authority of scripture and reason, Torrance Kirby

'The Doors shall fly open': Chronology and biblical interpretation in England, c. 1630-c.1730, Scott Mandelbrote

Early modern geographia sacra in the context of early modern scholarship, Zur Shalev

Milton s corrupt Bible, Neil Forsyth

The commodification of scripture, 1640-1660: Politics, ecclesiology and the cultures of print, Crawford Gribben

Self-defeating scholarship? Antiscripturism and Anglican apologetics from Hooker to the latitudinarians, Nicholas McDowell

Part III: Spreading the Word

Part Three Introduction

The Church of England and the English Bible, 1559-1640, Lori Anne Ferrell

Hearing and reading : Disseminating Bible knowledge and fostering Bible understanding in early modern England, Ian Green

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God : Dissonance and psalmody, Rachel Willie

Ornament and repetition: Biblical interpretation in early modern English preaching, Mary Morrissey

Preaching, reading and publishing the Word in Protestant Scotland, Alasdair Raffe

The Bible in early modern Gaelic Ireland: Tradition, collaboration and alienation, Marc Caball

'Wilt thou not read me, Atheist? : The Bible and conversion, Helen Smith

Part IV: The political Bible

Part Four Introduction

Mover and author: King James VI and I and the political use of the Bible, Jane Rickard

A King Like Other Nations : Political theory and the Hebrew Republic in the Early Modern age, Kim Ian Parker

Digging, levelling and ranting: The Bible and the Civil War sects, Andrew Bradstock

A year in the life of King Saul: 1643, Anne Lake Prescott

That glory may dwell in our land : The Bible, Britannia, and the Glorious Revolution, Emma Major

Part V: The Bible and literature

Part Five Introduction

The King James Bible in its Cultural Moment, Helen Wilcox

The noblest composition in the Universe or fit for the flames? The literary style of the King James Bible, Hannibal Hamlin

Epic, meditation, or sacred history? Women and biblical verse paraphrase in seventeenth-century England, Sarah Ross

Scripture and tragedy in the Reformation, Russ Leo

This verse marks that: George Herbert's The Temple and scripture in context, Alison Knight

Blessed Joseph! I would thou hadst more fellows : John Bunyan's Joseph, Nancy Rosenfeld

Paradise Lost, the Bible, and biblical epic, Barbara K. Lewalski

Part VI: Reception Histories

Part Six Introduction

Donne's biblical encounters, Emma Rhatigan

Domestic decoration and the Bible in the early modern home, Andrew Morrall

My exquisite copies for action: John Saltmarsh and the Machiavellian Bible, Kevin Killeen

Unbelief and the Bible, Roger Pooley

Inwardness and English Bible translations, Erica Longfellow

Early modern Davids: From sin to critique, Yvonne Sherwood



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