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The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic, 1590Ė1670
van Miert, Dirk

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 pp. xxiii +296. $99.00


Description: The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic, 1590-1670 argues that the application of tools, developed in the study of ancient Greek and Latin authors, to the Bible was aimed at stabilizing the biblical text but had the unintentional effect that the text grew more and more unstable. Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) capitalized on this tradition in his notorious Theological-political Treatise (1670). However, the foundations on which his radical biblical scholarship is built were laid by Reformed philologists who started from the hermeneutical assumption that philology was the servant of reformed dogma. On the basis of this principle, they pushed biblical scholarship to the center of historical studies during the first half of the seventeenth century.

Subjects: Methods, Linguistics, Translation and Translation Theory, Philology, Reception History

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Review by Jeffrey L. Morrow
Published 12/5/2019
Citation: Jeffrey L. Morrow, review of Dirk van Miert, The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic, 1590Ė1670, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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