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Chastising with Scorpions: Reading the Old Testament in Early Modern England

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JournalHuntington Library Quarterly
DatePublished - Sep 2010
Issue number3
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)491-506
Original languageEnglish


In this essay, Kevin Killeen explores an imgrained yet contentious reading habit of early modern England, the mapping of the biblical onto contemporary politics. Book history, with its focus on the physical object, has at times served to occlude the protocols of such typology. By analyzing typological readings of the biblical kings Rehoboam and Jeroboam, he shows some of the political, spiritual, and hermeneutic uses to which the Bible was put.

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Part of a special issue: 'The Textuality and Materiality of Reading in Early Modren England'

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  • biblical interpretation in early modern England, John Cave, Joseph Hall, John Donne, John Maxwell

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