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History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 4: From the Englightenment to the Twentieth Century
Reventlow, Henning Graf
Perdue, Leo G., translator

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010 pp. x + 471. $49.95

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Description: As in the first three volumes of History of Biblical Interpretation, From the Enlightenment to the Twentieth Century surveys the lives and works of significant theologians and lay people, politicians, and philosophers, in order to portray the characteristic attitudes of the era. It discusses the philosophers and politicians Hobbes, Locke, and Spinoza and the writers Lessing and Herder. Biblical criticism per se begins with the controversy over the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament and extends into Enlightenment ethics, myth, and miracle stories. Early representatives include Richard Simon and Hermann Samuel Reimarus, followed by Johann Salomo Semler, Johann Jakob Griesbach, Johann Gottfried Eichhorn, and Philipp Jacob Spener. Biblical scholars such as Wilhelm Martin Leberecht de Wette, Ferdinand Christian Baur, Heinrich Julius Holtzmann, Julius Wellhausen, Hermann Gunkel, Wilhelm Bousset, Karl Barth, and Rudolf Bultmann round out the volume and bring readers to the twentieth century.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by Jeffrey L. Morrow
Published 5/28/2012
Citation: Jeffrey L. Morrow, review of Henning Graf Reventlow, History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 4: From the Englightenment to the Twentieth Century, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by John F. A. Sawyer
Published 7/23/2011
Citation: John F. A. Sawyer, review of Henning Graf Reventlow, History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 4: From the Englightenment to the Twentieth Century, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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