My Three Skeptics and the Bible NOW Available at Amazon!

PICKWICK_TemplateMy new book, Three Skeptics and the Bible: La Peyrère, Hobbes, Spinoza, and the Reception of Modern Biblical Criticism, is now available to purchase from Amazon.com! Here are the reviews from the back cover:

From Edwin M. Yamauchi, Professor of History Emeritus, Miami University: “No other analysis has pursued the historical roots of biblical criticism in the sixteenth century so brilliantly as Jeffrey L. Morrow’s Three Skeptics and the Bible. He persuasively argues that the Thirty Years War affected La Peyrere, Hobbes, and Spinoza to develop methods of analyzing Scriptures to promote their political agendas. Morrow’s erudite and persuasive study exposes the fallacy of regarding biblical criticism as an ‘objective’ approach to the Bible.”

From William L. Portier, Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology, University of Dayton: “In Three Skeptics and the Bible, Morrow digs deeply into the seventeenth-century works of Isaac La Peyrere, Thomas Hobbes, and Baruch Spinoza. He lays bare the tangled early modern political roots of contemporary historical approaches to the Bible. Anyone who cares about retrieving liturgical and spiritual-theological approaches to the Bible, without sacrificing the considerable contributions of historical criticism, will welcome this timely and painstakingly documented book.”

From Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary: “Recently I heard someone ask an eminent biblical scholar why he was willing to give up the ‘objectivity’ of historical-critical scholarship for the ‘subjectivity’ of theological interpretation. Answering that he was not in fact willing to give up either mode of exegesis, the biblical scholar pointed out that neither mode enjoys a purely scientific ‘objectivity.’ Professor Morrow’s erudite and readable study of politics and exegesis in the seventeenth century makes this crucial point clear once and for all, particularly in his masterful retrieval of Isaac La Peyrere, whose significance might otherwise remain unknown. This book is a must-read for anyone who seeks to employ historical-critical scholarship today in a historically contextualized way–as the method itself demands.”

From Scott W. Hahn, Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Co-author, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture: “Dr. Jeffrey Morrow has taken up the task that should have been inevitable: the historical criticism of historical criticism. His book is thorough, fair, dispassionate intellectual history of three key seventeenth-century figures. The culmination of long years of research–tested by publication–this book demonstrates that the roots of biblical criticism are not in religiously neutral empirical science, but in a particular agenda that is essentially theo-political.”

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My New Book is Coming Out Soon!

PICKWICK_TemplateMy new book, Three Skeptics and the Bible, is coming out soon! It’s a collection of essays I’ve written over the past several years, dealing with the biblical interpretation of Isaac La Peyrère, Thomas Hobbes, and Baruch Spinoza. I’ll post more on this when it becomes available on Amazon. It’s being published by Pickwick from Wipf & Stock, and is my first scholarly volume. At the side is the image they sent me of the cover. I’m still plugging away on my sabbatical projects, and hope to post more on those before my sabbatical is over. More to come in the not-too-distant future.