Title: Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament ...
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J.
Publication Date: 1983
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good to Very Good, Owners Labe
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 045087
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.
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"An innovative approach. Bentley succeeds admirably in showing how the efforts of humanist scholars to establish the best possible text for the Latin and Greek New Testaments helped to lay the groundwork for the modern canons of philology and scholarship in general."--William A. Christian, Jr.
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