Theology, Politics, and Exegesis

My new book, Theology, Politics, and Exegesis: Essays on the History of modern Biblical Criticism,  was just published. This is a sequel to my earlier book, Three Skeptics and the Bible, and also treats the topic of the history of modern biblical criticism.  In this present volume, I review the history of early modern biblical criticism following the outline of Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker’s Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700, and then I take a more focused look at Spinoza with his use of the Psalms in the context of his political philosophy. I then move forward to examine the work of exegete Fr. Richard Simon, and then on into the eighteenth century  Enlightenment.  The volume concludes with a look at the tragic separation of biblical exegesis from Catholic moral theology. Theology, Politics, and Exegesis can be purchased from Amazon or elsewhere on the web.

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