Apocrypha Canon and Criticism from Samuel Fisher to John Toland, 1650-1718
Perusing the manuscript catalogue of Stillingfleet’s library held in Marsh’s library one thing becomes immediately apparent: that is the proliferation of Biblical material of all varieties. Whether in folio, octavo or otherwise Stillingfleet owned at least seventy-two variant editions of Scriptural texts. Among this collection he owned texts as varied in time and place of publication as the famous Complutensian edition, Brian Walton’s polyglot and more obscure versions such as the Anglo-Saxon translation published at Dordrecht in 1665 or the Bible in Irish (1690). As well as owning translations of the Bible in Hebrew, Chaldaic, Greek, French, Latin and many others, Stillingfleet also possessed a full compliment of commentaries and criticism from the early Church fathers to modern critics such as Father Simon, Jean LeClerc and John Locke. To say that Scripture and biblical studies formed the basis of Stillingfleet’s collection might not be an overstatement.1
KeywordsSacred Material Biblical Scholarship Biblical Criticism Ancient Manuscript Scriptural Text
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