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Bibil Identifier bibil:250729
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) King's College London, Samuel Davidson, and the Scope of Biblical Studies
Author Joyce, Paul M.
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 65, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 407-424 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Two Irishmen provide the twin poles of this piece. Alexander McCaul (1799–1863), on moving to England, became a member of the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews. The establishment of King's College London in 1829 was directly associated with Christian millennial hopes, and the inclusion of Hebrew among its foundation subjects, which owed much to McCaul, was connected with these ideas. Samuel Davidson (1806–98) was on the opposite side of a controversy about the application of critical methods to the study of the Bible. Leaving Ireland, he took up a position at the Lancashire Independent College, but in 1857 was dismissed on account of his radical views. In 1925 the Chair of Old Testament in the University of London was named after Davidson, a move that signified the alignment with critical study that had eventually taken place. The past half-century has seen a critique of the adequacy of historical study of the Bible. Focusing on the question of the scope of Biblical Studies, a robust defence of historical study is here advanced. It is also argued that King's College has rightly participated in moves to supplement it with a range of alternative approaches, and that, through this, it has reconnected with some of the best aspirations of the founders, albeit chastened of unacceptable features.
DOI 10.1093/jts/flu109
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 19th century
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ireland
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