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Shaping the Bible in the Reformation

Books, Scholars and Their Readers in the Sixteenth Century


Edited by Bruce Gordon and Matthew McLean

This volume presents significant new research on several
aspects of the late mediaeval and early modern Bible. These
essays consider aspects of Bible scholarship and translation,
illustration and production, its uses for lay devotion and in
theological controversy. Inquiring into the ways in which
scholars gave new forms to their Bibles and their readers
received their work, this book considers the contribution of
key figures like Castellio, Bibliander and Tremellius, Piscator
and Calov, the exegetical controversies between centres
of Reformed learning and among the theologians of the
Louvain. It encompasses biblical illustration in the Low
Countries and the use of maps in the Geneva Bible, and
considers the practice of biblical translation, and the strategies by which new versions were justified.


Robert Armstrong

to be much in our hands, in our eyes, in our ears, in our mouths, but most of all in our hearts’, the subject of ‘continual reading and meditation’. 11 If the earliest orders placing Bibles in parish churches had expressed an intention that they be read by parishioners outside the times of formal


Crawford Gribben

Protestant Fundamentalists. Of course, even an approved and certifiably accurate edition of the best available translation would still be subject to the vagaries of the Hebrew and Greek manuscript traditions which lay behind it. A growing body of scholarship – much of it directed at ‘simple readers


Justin Champion

modern form, even its textual identity was the subject of considerable and unresolved contestation: at its most straightforward this was manifest in the profound differences in understanding the canon between Roman Catholic and Protestants – especially over the status of the Apocrypha. 4 The textual and


Mary Morrissey

Protestant readers of the Bible, habits that shaped the interpretative lenses through which they viewed the Scriptures. This is a subject that historians have already begun to address. In an essay of 1995, Patrick Collinson considers what insights into early modern understandings of the ways in which the


Ariel Hessayon

addition, a few exponents have occasionally been championed as representatives of an autodidactic plebeian underclass who presented a radical challenge to secular and clerical authority by subjecting the Bible to textual criticism and, through selective interpretation, appropriating its myths for their


Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin

detail of Bellarmine’s discussion of the relationship between written Scripture and tradition, which formed the subject of Book Four of his first controversy, and compares it to the case which William Whittaker assembled against this aspect of the Jesuit’s argument. This was the subject which marked one


Ian Green

how often the majority of owners of Bibles or aids to Bible study actually read them, and in what ways, though recent studies of reading practices from the 1580s to the 1740s are throwing much light on this aspect of the subject. 12 Certainly the level of acquaintance with the Bible shown during the


Lucy Wooding

to Sabbath Breakers’ were attempts to enforce two of the most commonly transgressed of the Ten Commandments. 15 These warnings were a popular subject for pre-Reformation wall paintings, and some still survive: paintings of the ‘Warning to Swearers’ can be found at Broughton in Buckinghamshire [see