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Bible Culture and Authority in the Early United States

Seth Perry


This book is a wide-ranging exploration of the place of the Christian Bible in America in the decades after the Revolution. Attending to both theoretical concerns about the nature of scriptures and to the precise historical circumstances of a formative period in American history, the book argues that the Bible was not a “source” of authority in early America, as is often said, but rather a site of authority: a cultural space for editors, commentators, publishers, preachers, and readers to cultivate authoritative relationships. While paying careful attention to early national bibles as material ... More

Keywords: authority, Bible, bible readers, bible culture, citation, Joseph Smith, authority of the Bible, Mormons, Zilpha Elaw, Denmark Vesey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691179131
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179131.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth Perry, author
Princeton University