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Bibil Identifier bibil:223414
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Written in the Style of Antiquity": Pseudo-Biblicism and the Early American Republic, 1770–1830
Author Shalev, Eran
Journal Church History (Volume: 79, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 800-826 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Students of early America have overlooked the fact that Americans published numerous pseudo-biblical texts, a practice that peaked from approximately 1770 to 1830. This unique and forgotten tradition of writing “in the style of antiquity” was the product of an age still suffused with the Bible yet at the same time Enlightened as to the liberal use of that book's language, notably for political issues across the ideological spectrum. Employing the full range of the stylistic measures of the King James Bible's English, from biblical-like titles and short numbered verses to a distinct Jacobean vocabulary, this pseudo-biblical tradition in America sheds light on a host of historical issues and problems: from the ways in which Americans attempted to reclaim authority as they experienced the diminishing influence of traditional sources of social power, to new modes of religiosity and attitudes toward time and history. This remarkable practice thus presents an ideal vantage point from which to gain a better understanding of the intellectual processes and historical consciousness that accompanied the momentous transformations that the American republic endured during the decades following its creation.
DOI 10.1017/S0009640710001034
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : North America
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Modern Apocrypha
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible Translation : Modern Translations : English
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