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The Death of Scripture and the Rise of Biblical Studies

Michael Legaspi


During the Enlightenment, scholars guided by a new vision of a post-theological age did not simply investigate the Bible, they remade it. In place of the familiar scriptural Bibles that belonged to Christian and Jewish communities, they created a new form: the academic Bible. This book examines the creation of the academic Bible. Beginning with the fragmentation of biblical interpretation in the centuries after the Reformation, it shows how the weakening of scriptural authority in the Western churches altered the role of biblical interpretation. In contexts shaped by skepticism and religious s ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, Bible, Michaelis, biblical interpretation, biblical studies, Reformation, modern biblical criticism, universities, classical philology, Göttingen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394351
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Legaspi, author
Creighton University