The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c. 1530-1700

ISBN : 9780198828228

Kevin Killeen; Helen Smith; Rachel Willie
816 ページ
170 x 244 mm
Oxford Handbooks




Bringing together leading scholars from a range of fields, The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, 1530-1700 explores how the scriptures served as a generative motor for ideas, and a resource for creative and political thought, as well as for domestic and devotional life. Sections tackle the knotty issues of translation, the rich range of early modern biblical scholarship, Bible dissemination and circulation, the changing political uses of the Bible, literary appropriations and responses, and the reception of the text across a range of contexts and media. Where existing scholarship focuses, typically, on Tyndale and the King James Bible of 1611, The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in England, 1530-1700 goes further, tracing the vibrant and shifting landscape of biblical culture in the two centuries following the Reformation.


List of Illustrations
Note to the Reader
Kevin Killeen and Helen Smith: Introduction: 'All other bookes ... are but Notes upon this': The Early Modern Bible
Part I: Translations
Part One Introduction
1 Susan Wabuda: 'A day after doomsday': Cranmer and the Bible Translations of the 1530s
2 Femke Molekamp: Genevan Legacies: The Making of the English Geneva Bible
3 Katrin Ettenhuber: 'A comely gate to so rich and glorious a citie': The Paratextual Architecture of the Rheims New Testament and the King James Bible
4 Karen L. Edwards: The King James Bible and Biblical Images of Desolation
5 Jamie H. Ferguson: The Roman Inkhorn: Religious Resistance to Latinism in Early Modern England
6 Nigel Smith: Retranslating the Bible in the English Revolution
Part II: Scholarship
Part Two Introduction
7 Nicholas Hardy: The Septuagint and the Transformation of Biblical Scholarship in England, from the King James Bible (1611) to the London Polyglot (1657)
8 Ariel Hessayon: The Apocrypha in Early Modern England
9 Debora Shuger: Isaiah 63 and the Literal Senses of Scripture
10 Torrance Kirby: The 'sundrie waies of Wisdom': Richard Hooker on the Authority of Scripture and Reason
11 Scott Mandelbrote: 'The doors shall fly open': Chronology and Biblical Interpretation in England, c. 1630-c.1730
12 Zur Shalev: Early Modern geographia sacra in the Context of Early Modern Scholarship
13 Neil Forsyth: Milton's Corrupt Bible
14 Crawford Gribben: The Commodification of Scripture, 1640-1660: Politics, Ecclesiology, and the Cultures of Print
15 Nicholas McDowell: Self-Defeating Scholarship? Antiscripturism and Anglican Apologetics from Hooker to the Latitudinarians
Part III: Spreading the Word
Part Three Introduction
16 Lori Anne Ferrell: The Church of England and the English Bible, 1559-1640
17 Ian Green: 'Hearing' and 'Reading': Disseminating Bible Knowledge and Fostering Bible Understanding in Early Modern England
18 Rachel Willie: 'All Scripture is given by inspiration of God': Dissonance and Psalmody
19 Mary Morrissey: Ornament and Repetition: Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern English Preaching
20 Alasdair Raffe: Preaching, Reading, and Publishing the Word in Protestant Scotland
21 Marc Caball: The Bible in Early Modern Gaelic Ireland: Tradition, Collaboration, and Alienation
22 Helen Smith: 'Wilt thou not read me, Atheist?': The Bible and Conversion
Part IV: The Political Bible
Part Four Introduction
23 Jane Rickard: Mover and Author: King James VI and I and the Political Use of the Bible
24 Kim Ian Parker: 'A king like other nations': Political Theory and the Hebrew Republic in the Early Modern Age
25 Andrew Bradstock: Digging, Levelling, and Ranting: The Bible and the Civil War Sects
26 Anne Lake Prescott: A Year in the Life of King Saul: 1643
27 Emma Major: 'That glory may dwell in our land': The Bible, Britannia, and the Glorious Revolution
Part V: The Bible and Literature
Part Five Introduction
28 Helen Wilcox: The King James Bible in its Cultural Moment
29 Hannibal Hamlin: The Noblest Composition in the Universe or Fit for the Flames? The Literary Style of the King James Bible
30 Sarah C. E. Ross: Epic, Meditation, or Sacred History? Women and Biblical Verse Paraphrase in Seventeenth-Century England
31 Russ Leo: Scripture and Tragedy in the Reformation
32 Alison Knight: 'This verse marks that': George Herbert's The Temple and Scripture in Context
33 Nancy Rosenfeld: 'Blessed Joseph! I would thou hadst more fellows': John Bunyan's Joseph
34 Barbara K. Lewalski: Paradise Lost, the Bible, and Biblical Epic
Part VI: Reception Histories
Part Six Introduction
35 Emma Rhatigan: Donne's Biblical Encounters
36 Andrew Morrall: Domestic Decoration and the Bible in the Early Modern Home
37 Kevin Killeen: 'My exquisite copies for action': John Saltmarsh and the Machiavellian Bible
38 Roger Pooley: Unbelief and the Bible
39 Erica Longfellow: Inwardness and English Bible Translations
40 Yvonne Sherwood: Early Modern Davids: From Sin to Critique


Kevin Killeen in Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at the University of York. He has edited Sir Thomas Browne: 21st Century Authors (OUP, 2014), and is author of The Political Bible in Early Modern England (CUP, 2016) Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England: Thomas Browne and the Thorny Place of Knowledge (Ashgate, 2009; winner of the CCUE Book Prize, 2010) and co-editor, with Peter Forshaw, of Biblical Exegesis and the Emergence of Science in the Early Modern Era (Palgrave, 2007). He is currently editing two volumes for The Oxford Works of Sir Thomas Browne.; Helen Smith is Reader in Renaissance Literature at the University of York. She is co-editor of Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2017) with Simon Ditchfiled, and author of Grossly Material Things: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England (OUP, 2012; winner of the SHARP DeLong Book History Prize, 2013, and the Roland H. Bainton Literature Prize, 2013), and co-editor, with Louise Wilson, of Renaissance Paratexts (CUP, 2011). Helen is PI on the AHRC research network, 'Imagining Jerusalem, c. 1099 to the Present Day'. She is currently completing a monograph on early modern ideas of matter and their material expressions.; Rachel Willie is Lecturer in English at Liverpool John Moores University. She is author of Staging the Revolution: Drama, Reinvention and History, 1647-1672 (Manchester University Press, 2015). She has published on Milton, Charles I, and martyrological discourse, and print and publishing in the nascent public sphere.