Prophecy, Piety, and the Problem of Historicity 978-3-16-154270-1 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Jan Stievermann

Prophecy, Piety, and the Problem of Historicity

Interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures in Cotton Mather's 'Biblia Americana'

[Prophetie, Frömmigkeit und das Problem der Historizität. Deutungen der Hebräischen Bibel in Cotton Mathers Biblia Americana.]

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Stievermann's pioneering study of Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana examines this Puritan scholar's struggle to reconcile traditional readings of the Old Testament with a growing awareness of the historicity of Scriptures. The book also offers new insight into an underappreciated period of biblical interpretation.
Jan Stievermann's pioneering study of Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana examines this Puritan scholar's engagement with the Hebrew Bible as Old Testament. The author focuses specifically on Mather's struggle to uphold or modify traditional typological and allegorical readings in the face of a growing awareness of the historicity of Scriptures. Other key issues include Mather's interventions in the contemporary debates over the legitimacy of Christian interpretations of the prophets, as well as over the authorship, provenance, genre, and spiritual import of texts such as Ecclesiastes and Canticles. Stievermann's book yields fascinating insights into an underappreciated phase of exegesis that was at once traditionalist and innovative, apologetically oriented, pious, and open to new modes of historical-textual criticism. Moreover, it shows how Mather's biblical exegesis fits into the broader development of Puritan theology and identity.
Authors/Editors

Jan Stievermann Born 1975; 2005 PhD in American Studies from the University of Tübingen; since 2011 Professor for the History of Christianity in the USA at the University of Heidelberg.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: http://jecteds.org — http://jecteds.org/blog/2016/04/18/2257/ (Doug Sweeney)
In: Journal of Ecclesiastical History — 69 (2018), S. 194–195 (Francis J. Bremer)
In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 129 (2017), S. 319–320 (Anselm C. Hagedorn)
In: Early American Literature — 52 (2017), S. 423–441 (Abram van Engen)
In: Amerikastudien / American Studies — 61.2 (2016) (David D. Hall)