An analysis of Voltaire's references to, attacks on, and - occasionally - positive responses to the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. I show that Voltaire had considerable knowledge of contemporary biblical scholarship, though at second hand. I review those aspects of the Bible he found most offensive, but also draw attention to passages that moved him. The resulting synthesis is less clear-cut than might have been thought, as - in some ways - Voltaire prefigures the more sophisticated biblical criticism of the nineteenth century.
|Title of host publication||The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire|
|Place of Publication||Cambridge|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|ISBN (Print)||978-0-521-84973-9 and 978-0-521-61495-5|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
- biblical criticism