Biblical Poetics before Humanism and Reformation (Hardback)
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Biblical Poetics before Humanism and Reformation (Hardback)

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Hardback 282 Pages / Published: 04/04/2002
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Biblical Poetics before Humanism and Reformation is a study of the interpretation of the Bible in the late Middle Ages. Scholastic theologians developed a distinct attitude toward textual meaning in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries which departed significantly from earlier trends. Their attitude tended to erode the distinction, emphasized by the scholars of St Victor in the twelfth century, between literal and spiritual senses of scripture. Christopher Ocker argues that interpreters developed a biblical poetics very similar to that cultivated and promoted by Protestants in the sixteenth century, which was reinforced by the adaptation of humanist rhetoric to Bible reading after Lorenzo Valla. The book is a comparative study, drawing from a variety of unpublished commentaries as well as more familiar works by Nicholas of Lyra, John Wyclif, Jean Gerson, Denys the Carthusian, Wendelin Steinbach, Desiderius Erasmus, Philip Melanchthon, and John Calvin.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521810463
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 236 x 159 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'This is a ground-breaking book, in which there are discoveries on every page.' G. R. Evans, Church Times
Review of the hardback: '... Luther and Calvin did not emerge from a vacuum and, as Dr Ocker shows, much of what they had to say - and particularly their hermeneutical principles - can be found more or less fully developed several generations before they began to preach and teach ...Students of early Protestantism will need to read this book carefully and absorb its insights in order to gain a deeper understanding of what it was that produced the great sixteenth century upheaval.' Churchman
Review of the hardback: 'No-one interested in the long history of Christian - or, more broadly, 'western' hermeneutics - can afford to ignore Ocker's work.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Taken from the hardback review: '... provocative ...Ocker has offered the scholarly community much food for thought and new texts to analyze ...' Marginalia
Taken from the hardback review: 'In Biblical Poetics before Humanism and Reformation, Ocker chronicles with exemplary scholarly depth, linguistic competence and erudite yet not pedantic prose the key shift in biblical hermeneutic, rhetoric and theology in the late Middle Ages.' Scottish Journal of Theology
"...a well-researched, well-produced book." IRT Bulletin
"...impressive..." Theology Today
"...insightful...Biblical Poetics is a valuable contribution to the history of exegesis, combining a broad textual base with detailed and nuanced analysis." The Journal of Religion
"This important contribution to current studies in the history of exegesis argues for significant continuity between late medieval exegetical methods and those of the Reformation...This book will greatly aid those engaged in biblical studies as well as late medieval and Reformation history." Religious Studies Review
"Do not be misled by the title of this book; it is not about biblical poetry but about medieval exegesis, and it may well be one of the most seminal works on the topic in the last decade." Calvin Theological Journal

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