'Voltaire and the Bible'

Graham Gargett

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Voltaire
    EditorsNicholas Cronk
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    ISBN (Print)978-0-521-84973-9 and 978-0-521-61495-5
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2009


    • Voltaire
    • Bible
    • biblical criticism


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