Humanists and Holy Writ Paperback

New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance

by Jerry H. Bentley

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Humanists and Holy Writ

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Focusing on the work of Lorenzo Valla, the Spanish Complutensian scholars, and Erasmus of Rotterdam, this book examines the New Testament studies of the Renaissance humanists rather than their more frequently studied religious, moral, and political thought. Jerry H. Bentley shows that the humanists brought about a thorough reorientation in the Western tradition of New Testament studies. He finds that the humanists' methods both anticipated and influenced later New Testament scholarship. The humanists rejected the medieval practice of studying the New Testament only in Latin translation and interpreting it in accordance with preconceived theological criteria. Instead, they insisted that New Testament studies be based on the original Greek text, and they employed linguistic, historical, and philological criteria in explaining the scriptures. This study rests on an analysis of the New Testament manuscripts that the humanists consulted and of the New Testament editions, translations, annotations, an commentaries that they prepared.

Humanists and Holy Writ by Jerry H. Bentley was published by Princeton University Press in June 2012. The ISBN for Humanists and Holy Writ is 9780691155609.

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Details for Humanists and Holy Writ

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPrinceton University Press (June 2012)
Number of Pages262
Thickness15 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4049475
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