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By Nicholas Hardy

The interval among the past due Renaissance and the early Enlightenment has lengthy been considered as the zenith of the 'republic of letters', a pan-European neighborhood of like-minded students and intellectuals who fostered serious ways to the learn of the Bible and different historic texts, whereas renouncing the brutal religio-political disputes that have been tearing their continent aside even as. feedback and Confession bargains an unprecedentedly
comprehensive problem to this account. all through this era, all different types of biblical scholarship have been meant to give a contribution to theological debates, instead of defusing or transcending them, and significant collaboration among students of other confessions used to be an exception, instead of the norm. 'Neutrality' was
a fiction that obscured the ways that scholarship served the pursuits of ecclesiastical and political associations. Scholarly practices diverse from one confessional context to a different, and the growth of 'criticism' was once by no means straightforward.

The learn demonstrates this by means of putting scholarly works in discussion with works of dogmatic theology, and evaluating examples from a number of confessional and nationwide contexts. It bargains significant revisionist remedies of canonical figures within the historical past of scholarship, comparable to Joseph Scaliger, Isaac Casaubon, John Selden, Hugo Grotius, and Louis Cappel, in accordance with unstudied archival in addition to revealed resources; and it areas these figures along their extra marginal, neglected opposite numbers. It also
contextualizes scholarly correspondence and other kinds of highbrow alternate through contemplating them along the documents of political and ecclesiastical our bodies. all through, the examine combines the equipment of the historical past of scholarship with thoughts drawn from different fields, together with literary,
political, and non secular historical past. in addition to offering a brand new background of seventeenth-century biblical feedback, it additionally opinions smooth scholarly assumptions concerning the relationships among erudition, humanistic tradition, political activism, and spiritual identity.

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