Bible interpretation and the constitution of the Christian Commonwealth in Hobbes's Leviathan, Part III

Somos, Mark (2015) Bible interpretation and the constitution of the Christian Commonwealth in Hobbes's Leviathan, Part III. Storia del pensiero politico, 2015 (2). pp. 175-202. ISSN 2279-9818

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Abstract

Few aspects of Hobbes’s thought received as much recent attention as his religion; yet there are no comprehensive analyses of Hobbes’s biblical exegesis. To illustrate a possible method and the value of such studies, this article traces Hobbes’s strings of references in Leviathan, Part III. It shows that despite ascribing the authority to finalise, censor, and otherwise control biblical editions to the Sovereign, Hobbes preferred the Geneva to the King James Bible. The article also considers some implications of Hobbes’s Bible interpretations for the constitutional design of his Christian Commonwealth, including representation, the Christian Sovereign, anticlericalism, and the Second Coming.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA129 By period > DA300 Modern, 1485- > DA400 Civil War and Commonwealth, 1642-1660
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state
K Law
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Depositing User: Mark Somos
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2015 09:46
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2016 10:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57080
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