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Smolinski, Reiner, and Jan Stievermann [Eds.]
Cotton Mather andBiblia Americana – America’s First Bible Commentary. Essays in Reappraisal.
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2010. XIX, 593 S. m. Abb. gr.8°. Lw. EUR 119,00. ISBN 978-3-16-150341-2.
John W. Rogerson
Cotton Mather was born in Boston, New England in 1663, educated at Harvard, and ordained in 1685 to his father’s North Church (Congregational) in Boston, which he served until his death in 1728. He was a prolific writer, but his magnum opus, the Biblia Americana, remained unpublished. Begun in 1693 and worked on until his death, it was a monumental exercise in the tradition of the Commonplace Book. It was not a conventional commentary in the modern sense; it did not comment on the biblical text verse by verse. Instead, it dealt with questions and problems raised by the text as and when these occurred, and it did so in the form of questions and answers. It drew upon an astonishingly wide range of sources including not only works of biblical scholarship but of geography, ...
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