Popkin’s The History of Scepticism

Richard Popkin’s works tend to be little-known among biblical scholars. That’s unsurprising since biblical scholars tend to focus on literature directly in their field. Popkin is a philosopher, focusing on the history of philosophy in particular. His important (but neglected by biblical scholars) The History of Scepticism: From Savonarola to Bayle is incredibly important in discussing the important seventeenth century reception of earlier skeptical philosophy, which becomes an important context for understanding early modern biblical criticism, as I discuss in my earlier book, Three Skeptics and the Bible, and its sequel, Theology, Politics, and Exegesis (both of which are quite indebted to Popkin’s many works). Popkin’s volume can be purchased here.

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