Scripture, historicism and the critique of authority

David J. Appleby

in Black Bartholomew's Day

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780719075612
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701744 | DOI:
Scripture, historicism and the critique of authority

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This chapter aims to decode the rhetorical content of the farewell sermons of the Bartholomean clergy, describing how political comment was skilfully embedded in the exegesis and how the apocalyptic epistemology that underpinned so many texts could hardly fail to produce highly charged political polemic. The analysis reveals that most of the extant farewell sermons rely heavily on the New Testament. A number of themes featured consistently in the farewell sermons, including the eschatological significance of the ejection, memories of armed conflict, imminent persecution and the implications of civil death.

Keywords: farewell sermons; Bartholomean clergy; political comment; exegesis; political polemic; New Testament; armed conflict; imminent persecution; civil death

Chapter.  17644 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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