Some new Light on the Roots of Spinoza’s Science of Bible Study

  • Richard H. Popkin
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 91)


In previous writings about Spinoza’s Biblical criticism, I have stressed the connection of some of Spinoza’s central points with those presented by Isaac La Peyrère in his Prae-Adamitae of 1655 (Popkin, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1973, 1978). La Peyrère had denied the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch, the accuracy of the existing Biblical texts, and the Biblical claim that everybody is descended from Adam. La Peyrère’s book was published in Amsterdam in five editions in 1655, was denounced far and wide and its author arrested in 1656 in Brussels.


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  • Richard H. Popkin
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  1. 1.Washington UniversityUSA

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