Locke and Biblical Hermeneutics

Conscience and Scripture

  • Luisa Simonutti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Luisa Simonutti
    Pages 1-8
  3. Comparison of the Hermeneutics

  4. Hermeneutics, a Method for Belief

  5. Interpretations of Locke’s Biblical Hermeneutics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Kim Ian Parker
      Pages 163-188
    3. Gian Mario Cazzaniga
      Pages 229-242
    4. Maria-Cristina Pitassi
      Pages 243-256
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 257-266

About this book


The volume presents illuminating research carried out by international scholars of Locke and the early modern period. The essays address the theoretical and historical contexts of Locke’s analytical methodology and come together in a multidisciplinary approach that sets biblical hermeneutics in relation to his philosophical, historical, and political thought, and to the philological and doctrinal culture of his time. The contextualization of Locke’s biblical hermeneutics within the contemporary reading of the Bible contributes to the analysis of the figure of Christ and the role of Paul’s theology in political and religious thought from the seventeenth century to the Enlightenment. The volume sheds light on how Locke was appreciated by his contemporaries as a biblical interpreter and exegete. It also offers a reconsideration that overarches interpretations confined within specific disciplinary ambits to address Locke’s thought in a global historic context.


Ambiguity of the Thought Analysis of metaphysical problems Biblical Hermeneutics Biblical Interpretation Bodily resurrection Conscience and Scripture Ecclesiastical historians Exegesis Hermeneutical formation Historians of philosophy John Locke’s thought Locke and Biblical Interpretation Locke and Resurrection Locke and salvation Locke’s philosophy Paulinian Hermeneutics Religious Way of John Locke Representation of Christianity Spinoza and Biblical Interpretation Toleration in John Locke

Editors and affiliations

  • Luisa Simonutti
    • 1
  1. 1.ISPF-National Research CouncilMilano-NapoliItaly

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