Spinoza and the Irrelevance of Biblical Authority

by J. Samuel Preus;


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Spinoza and the Irrelevance of Biblical Authority

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Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise (1670) is a landmark both in democratic political theory and in the history of biblical interpretation. Spinoza championed liberty of thought, speech and writing by discrediting the Bible as the standard for truth and a source of public law. Applying a new historical criticism, he showed that biblical teaching and law were irrelevant for a modern pluralistic state and its intellectual life. J. Samuel Preus highlights Spinoza's achievement by reading the Treatise in the context of a literary conflict among his contemporaries about biblical interpretation - a conflict fraught with political implication. Preus's exposition of neglected primary sources surrounding Spinoza's work offers evidence regarding his rhetorical strategy and intent in the Treatise. The book provides not only a valuable contribution to Spinoza scholarship but an important account of the origins of modern methods of biblical interpretation.

Spinoza and the Irrelevance of Biblical Authority by J. Samuel Preus was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in February 2010. The ISBN for Spinoza and the Irrelevance of Biblical Authority is 9780511554759.

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Page last updated 10th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (February 2010)
ISBN9780511554759
ISBN-100511554753
Product Code4491656
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