From "Tav" to the Cross: John Donne's Protestant Exegesis and Polemics

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These quotations, taken from two of Donne's sermons on the THebrew Bible,2 distinctly evoke this Protestant preacher's method of biblical exegesis. The vivid depiction of Donne's scholarly searching for- and weighing of-revered interpretations of a biblical text is the concern of the first passage, with a particular emphasis on the early church fathers. The second passage directly declares his partaking of the Reformation's preoccupation with the literal or historical sense of the biblical text as a basis for a more contemporary, even figurative application of its significance (B. Hall 76-78). Taken in tandem, these quotations define the features of Donne's biblical hermeneutics, moving (though not necessarily in equivalence) between Catholic and Protestant and between the literal and the figurative.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJohn Donne and the Protestant Reformation
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives
PublisherWayne State University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780814337592
ISBN (Print)0814330126, 9780814330128, 9780814337592
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003

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