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date: 27 November 2020

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The introduction explores the centrality of the Bible in early modern England, demonstrating its importance to devotional life, scholarship, political thought, and everyday experience. It explores existing scholarship on early modern biblical culture, and presents a brief history of the printing and circulation of the Bible in English, as well as the numerous forms in which the scriptures were encountered. The introduction argues for the particularity of the ‘English’ Bible, and describes the scope and ambitions of the Handbook. It argues that the ‘English’ Bible was, in many ways, an international phenomenon, created by translators and scrutinised by scholars; inspired by the debates of the European Reformations; and indebted to continental fashions in printing and publishing.

Keywords: the Bible, translation, Bible printing, scholarship, hermeneutics, sermons, history of the book, political Bible

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