The Bible in the Renaissance: Essays on Biblical Commentary and Translation in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Bible in the Renaissance

Essays on Biblical Commentary and Translation in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, 1st Edition

Edited by Richard Griffiths


232 pages

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This collection of nine essays, with an introduction by Richard Griffiths, examines some of the broad themes relating to the way in which the reading, translation and interpretation of the Bible in the Renaissance could serve the specific and often practical aims of those involved. Moving from humanist issues concerned with the nature of the sacred texts and methods for interpreting them, the volume examines the uses of the Bible in different contexts, and looks at the social, political and religious impact of its translations in the sixteenth century.


'This fascinating collection of papers will interest specialists and general readers alike.' Theology 'The contributors … are experts who fascinate and write with authority.' Church Times '… these essays offer an impressively broad view of the way in which many political arguments were located in biblical commentary and translation during the Renaissance. The collection will be valuable to both historians and literary scholars.' Renaissance Quarterly 'Conferences invariably produce publications, and some of these deserve to endure. This veritable cornucopia of Renaissance and Reformation essays, edited by Professor Richard Griffiths, is one such volume.' Journal of Theological Studies '… a work of solid scholarship… will be of value to all interested in the history of exegesis and theology during the Renaissance and the Reformation.' New Blackfriars '… offers […] engaging scholarship… clear and concise… accessible to beginning students.' Religious Studies Review 'These essays put the Renaissance Bible in its many versions at the center of the culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Perhaps no other book on the subject has the sweep and learning of this one.' Erasmus of Rotterdam Society

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction, Richard Griffiths; The ark and the temple in Savonarola’s teaching (Winter 1494), Michael O’Connor; Erasmus and the psalms, Michael J. Heath; Martin Luther’s Bible translation in its German and European context, John L. Flood; A neglected facet of Cardinal Cajetan: biblical reform in high Renaissance Rome, Michael O’Connor; Strategies of biblical exemplarity in Gil Vicente, Paulo Cardoso Pereira; Tyndale, Henry Wansbrough; English fears of social disintegration and modes of control 1533-1611, Vincent Strudwick; The Bible and Protestant inculturation in the Homilies of the Church of England, Luc Borot; The Welsh Bible and Renaissance learning, Ceri Davies; Index.

About the Series

St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of its 100th book in 2012, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation Studies series celebrated an impressive publishing achievement. Since its establishment in 1995 the series has consistently offered high-quality, innovative and thought-provoking research in the field of early modern religious history. By encouraging authors to adopt a broad and inclusive interpretation of ’Reformation’, the resultant publications have done much to help shape current interdisciplinary interpretations of early-modern religion, expanding attention far beyond narrow theological concerns. Each title within the series has added to a body of international research showing how the ripples of the Reformation spread to virtually every corner of European society, both Protestant and Catholic, and often beyond. From family life, education, literature, music, art and philosophy, to political theory, international relations, economics, colonial ventures, science and military matters, there were few aspects of life that remained untouched in some way by the spirit of religious reform. As well as widening conceptions of the Reformation, the series has for the last fifteen years provided a publishing outlet for work, much of it by new and up-and-coming scholars who might otherwise have struggled to find an international platform for their work. Alongside these monographs, a complementary selection of edited volumes, critical editions of important primary sources, bibliographical studies and new translations of influential Reformation works previously unavailable to English speaking scholars, adds further depth to the topic. By offering this rich mix of approaches and topics, the St Andrews series continues to offer scholars an unparalleled platform for the publication of international scholarship in a dynamic and often controversial area of historical study.

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