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作者 Perry, Seth, author
書名 Bible culture and authority in the early United States / Seth Perry
出版項 Princeton, New Jersey ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2018]
©2018
國際標準書號 9780691179131
0691179131
book jacket
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 人文社會聯圖  BS480 .P45 2018    在架上    30610020638276
說明 xv, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-183) and index
Introduction: Authority, identity, and the Bible in the early republic -- Part I. Print-Bible culture in the early United states -- Creating the American Bible Reader, 1777-1816 -- Taking a text: reading and referencing the Bible in the early nineteenth century -- Part II. Beyond Bibles -- Joshua, when the walls fell: Biblical roles in changing times -- "Write these things in a book": scripturalization and visionary authority -- The many Bibles of Joseph Smith: scripturalization in early national America -- Conclusion: Abandoned quarries
"Early Americans claimed that they looked to "the Bible alone" for authority, but the Bible was never, ever alone. Bible Culture and Authority in the Early United States is a wide-ranging exploration of the place of the Christian Bible in America in the decades after the Revolution. Attending to both theoretical concerns about the nature of scriptures and to the precise historical circumstances of a formative period in American history, Seth Perry argues that the Bible was not a "source" of authority in early America, as is often said, but rather a site of authority: a cultural space for editors, commentators, publishers, preachers, and readers to cultivate authoritative relationships. While paying careful attention to early national bibles as material objects, Perry shows that "the Bible" is both a text and a set of relationships sustained by a universe of cultural practices and assumptions. Moreover, he demonstrates that Bible culture underwent rapid and fundamental changes in the early nineteenth century as a result of developments in technology, politics, and religious life. At the heart of the book are typical Bible readers, otherwise unknown today, and better-known figures such as Zilpha Elaw, Joseph Smith, Denmark Vesey, and Ellen White, a group that includes men and women, enslaved and free, Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists, Mormons, Presbyterians, and Quakers. What they shared were practices of biblical citation in writing, speech, and the performance of their daily lives. While such citation contributed to the Bible's authority, it also meant that the meaning of the Bible constantly evolved as Americans applied it to new circumstances and identities"-- Provided by publisher
主題 Bible -- Evidences, authority, etc.
Christianity and culture -- United States
United States -- Church history -- 18th century
United States -- Church history -- 19th century
Church history. fast (OCoLC)fst01411629
Alt Title Bible culture & authority in the early United States
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