English Bibles on Trial Hardback

Bible Burning and the Desecration of Bibles, 1640-1800

by Avner Shamir;

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English Bibles on Trial

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The aim of this book is to explore antagonism towards and acts of violence against English Bibles in England and Scotland (and, to a lesser degree, Ireland) from the English Civil Wars to the end of the eighteenth century. In this period, English Bibles were burnt, torn apart, thrown away and desecrated in theatrical and highly offensive ways. Soldiers and rebels, clergymen and laymen, believers and doubters expressed their views and emotions regarding the English Bible (or a particular English Bible) through violent gestures. Often, Bibles of other people and other denominations were burnt and desecrated; sometimes people burnt and destroyed their own Bibles. By focusing on violent gestures, which expressed resentment, rejection and hatred, this book furthers our understanding of what the Bible meant for early modern Christians. More specifically, it suggests that religious identities in the period were not simply formed by pious reading, studying and contemplating Scripture, but rather, for some people, religious identities were shaped through antagonistic encounters with Scripture and the material book of the Bible.

English Bibles on Trial by Avner Shamir was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in November 2016 and is our 60715th best seller. The ISBN for English Bibles on Trial is 9781138200784.

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Page last updated 7th July 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (November 2016)
Number of Pages264
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4451988
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