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DECONSTRUCTING THE GENEVA BIBLE: THE SEARCH FOR A PURITAN POETIC

Crawford Gribben

in Literature and Theology

Volume 14, issue 1, pages 1-16
Published in print March 2000 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2000 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/14.1.1
DECONSTRUCTING THE GENEVA BIBLE: THE SEARCH FOR A PURITAN POETIC

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Those English puritans who fled to Europe to avoid the anti-protestant persecution of the 1 550s developed a highly rhetorical defence of their actions in the annotations on Revelation in the Geneva Bible. Their defence was not static, however, and their position began to drift as scriptural exegesis was drawn into the morass of Renaissance hermeneutics. Nevertheless, in the apocalyptic annotations of Fransciscus junius, the final edition of the Geneva Bible presented a hermeneutical strategy entirely at odds with puritanism's original intentions, yet paradoxically at one with Calvin's poetic of worship finitum non est capax infiniti. The results would be the catalyst for the most intriguing literary strategies of the seventeenth century.

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