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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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The Bible is the Religion of Protestants

The Bible is the Religion of Protestants

(p.61) 6 The Bible is the Religion of Protestants
The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers two dimensions in the history of the American Bible Society (ABS). First, it examines the ABS approach to the Bible and argues that the ABS took a distinctly Protestant approach to the Bible Cause through its principle of “no note and comment.” By publishing Bibles without interpretive notes or commentary, the ABS was making an effort to be as ecumenical as possible. This played out particularly in a controversy over how to translate the Greek word immerso. Second, this chapter examines the way in which this Protestant approach to the Bible led to a staunch anti-Catholicism. The Catholic church in America warned its parishioners against receiving ABS Bibles and, on occasion, even burned these Bible publicly.

Keywords:   Bible in America, Protestantism, Catholicism, anti-Catholicism, Lyman Beecher

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