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Scriptural Authority and Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Golden Age: God's Word Questioned

Dirk van Miert, Henk Nellen, Piet Steenbakkers, and Jetze Touber


Did innovative textual analysis reshape the relations between Christian believers and their churches in early modern confessional states? This volume explores the hypothesis that in the long seventeenth century humanist-inspired biblical criticism contributed significantly to the decline of ecclesiastical truth claims. Historiography pictures this era as one in which the dominant position of religion and church began to show signs of erosion under the influence of vehement debates on the sacrosanct status of the Bible. Until quite recently, this gradual but decisive shift has been attributed t ... More

Keywords: textual analysis, biblical criticism, religious domination, authority of the Bible, historicization, contextualization, God’s Word, text corruption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198806837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dirk van Miert, editor
Assistant Professor of Early Modern Cultural History, Utrecht University

Henk Nellen, author
Senior Research Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences at Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, Emeritus Professor of the History of Ideas of Early-Modern Times in the Erasmus School of History, Culture,

Piet Steenbakkers, editor
Senior Lecturer of the History of Modern Philosophy, Utrecht University, Emeritus Professor of Spinoza Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam

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Editors’ Introduction

Dirk Van Miert, Henk Nellen, Piet Steenbakkers, and Jetze Touber

1 Biblical Philology in the Long Seventeenth Century

Henk Nellen and Piet Steenbakkers

Part I Famous Cases of pia fraus

Part II The Boundaries of Early Modern Orthodoxy Challenged

5 The Naked Truth of Scripture

Anthony Ossa-Richardson*

Part III The Bible in Early Modern Judaism

6God’s Word Confirmed

David Kromhout and Irene E. Zwiep

7 God’s Word Defended

Benjamin Fisher

Part IV Benedictus de Spinoza: Ancestry and Heritage

8 Spinoza’s Hermeneutics

Anthony Grafton

Part V Innovative Exegesis by Remonstrant, Mennonite, and Other Liberal Thinkers

13 Witches and Forgers

Scott Mandelbrote*

Part VI Orthodox Reformed Exegetes Enter the Fray

Part VII Biblical Criticism in the Eighteenth Century