By Timothy Larsen
Even though the Victorians have been awash in texts, the Bible was once one of these pervasive and dominant presence that they might fittingly be regarded as 'a humans of 1 book'. They habitually learn the Bible, quoted it, followed its phrasing as their very own, inspiration in its different types, and considered their very own lives and reports via a scriptural lens. This astonishingly deep, relentless, and resonant engagement with the Bible used to be actual around the spiritual spectrum from Catholics to Unitarians and past. The scripture-saturated tradition of nineteenth-century England is displayed by way of Timothy Larsen in a sequence of vigorous case stories of consultant figures starting from the Quaker criminal reformer Elizabeth Fry to the liberal Anglican pioneer of nursing Florence Nightingale to the Baptist preacher C. H. Spurgeon to the Jewish writer Grace Aguilar. Even the agnostic guy of technology T. H. Huxley and the atheist leaders Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant have been completely and profoundly preoccupied with the Bible. Serving as a travel of the variety and diversity of nineteenth-century perspectives, Larsen's research provides the exact ideals and practices of all of the significant Victorian non secular and sceptical traditions from Anglo-Catholics to the Salvation military to Spiritualism, whereas concurrently drawing out their universal, shared tradition as a humans of 1 publication.
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As Max Mu¨ller was a German-born and educated Oxford philologist widely respected by theological liberals, this was a clever tactic. Moreover, the book ends with six appendices, most of them providing the rough data of the linguistic evidence, the ﬁrst of which, provided by Max Mu¨ller, is six, smaller print pages of analysis of the allegedly Aryan words in Daniel. Although one would not come away from the existing secondary literature with this impression, Daniel the Prophet was so formidable that, in Britain at least, it was unanswerable.
94 Therefore, the reviewer claimed not to assent to some of Pusey’s arguments in this volume. Nevertheless, the reviewer warned against underestimating the Regius professor: He has ranged over an immense ﬁeld of ancient and of modern literature so successfully, that there seem to be very few matters of importance which he has overlooked. No candid critic can sneer down a work of this sort; if it is to 90 91 Martineau, ‘Daniel’, 192. Martineau, ‘Daniel’, 499. Martineau, ‘Daniel’, 502. 93 As to now, I am referring to the scholarship on Pusey.
89 34 a people of one book unravel the entire veracity of the book. Pusey had dealt with this objection at length, demonstrating patiently and convincingly that there was no word in any of the ancient Near Eastern languages for ‘grandfather’ and that ‘father’ was always used for this relationship as well. ’90 Martineau does address the problem of the four empires. His theory is that there were only three empires (if you do not include the Roman one, as Martineau cannot on his theory), but to assert that the (late date) author of Daniel was probably so carried away by the mythological portent of the number four that he did not even notice he had got this wrong.
A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians by Timothy Larsen