The Hebrew Bible in Other Tongues:
Changing Letter, Changing Spirit
The Hebrew Bible has been “the Book” to innumerable generations of Jews, and, translated into some other language, to generations of Puritan Christians. English-speaking Puritans in particular have made it a repository of maxims and a book of rules, to be taken literally and applied directly without the interposition of any tradition of interpretation. “Let them chant while they will of prerogatives, we shall tell them of Scripture; of custom, we of Scripture; of Acts and Statutes, still of Scripture . . .” wrote Milton, defending Presbyterianism against Episcopalianism.
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