By Jonathan Sheehan
How did the Bible continue to exist the Enlightenment? during this e-book, Jonathan Sheehan exhibits how Protestant translators and students within the eighteenth century reworked the Bible from a publication justified through theology to at least one justified by way of tradition. In doing so, the Bible used to be made into the cornerstone of Western history and invested with which means, authority, and importance even for a mundane age.The Enlightenment Bible deals a brand new background of the Bible within the century of its maximum obstacle and, in flip, a brand new imaginative and prescient of this century and its results on faith. even though the Enlightenment has lengthy symbolized the corrosive results of modernity on faith, Sheehan exhibits how the Bible survived, or even thrived during this cradle of ostensible secularization. certainly, in eighteenth-century Protestant Europe, biblical scholarship and translation turned extra lively and culturally major than at any time because the Reformation. From around the theological spectrum, ecu scholars--especially German and English--exerted super energies to rejuvenate the Bible, reinterpret its that means, and reinvest it with new authority. Poets, pedagogues, philosophers, literary critics, philologists, and historians jointly outfitted a post-theological Bible, a monument for a brand new non secular period. those literati cast the Bible right into a cultural textual content, remodeling the theological center of the Judeo-Christian culture. in any case, the Enlightenment gave the Bible the facility to undergo the corrosive results of modernity, no longer as a theological textual content yet because the origin of Western tradition.