Michael Legaspi’s The Death of Scripture and the Rise of Biblical Studies is such an important text for understanding modern biblical studies. I have an entire chapter devoted to this work in my own recent book, Theology, Politics, and Exegesis. Legaspi’s volume takes a look at the eighteenth century work in biblical studies at the German enlightenment university, focusing specifically on the way that Hebrew philologist Johann David Michaelis transformed the study of Scripture into modern biblical studies, as he built upon the work of what had been done in classical studies. I don’t think the history of modern biblical studies can be adequately understood without recourse to Legaspi’s volume. You can get Legaspi’s volume online here.