By John J. Jarick
To mark and mirror upon the 250th anniversary of the book of those volumes, the collage of Oxford hosted a "Sacred Conjectures" convention in 2003. a world staff of students accumulated to debate the context and legacy of Lowth's and Astruc's seminal contributions to the sphere of biblical scholarship; the vast majority of the papers provided on the convention look during this volume.
The assortment goals to supply for Lowth and Astruc not just an account and overview in their lifestyles and paintings but in addition an knowing of the broader highbrow context in their scholarship and the reception and impression in their paintings ever since.
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Stephen Prickett Oxford: Blackwell, 1991), 136-81. Manuscripts relating to Houbigant's version of the Bible may be found in the Archives de 1'Oratoire, Paris, Mss. Fol. 10-14. 38. , Ms. Eng. Lett. d. 146, f. 91v; cf. ff. 74-75, 88-89, 93-94. Hunt was presumably referring to a rule of Edward Pococke that "one should not lightly disturb the received reading," cf. Pococke's comments in A Commentary on the Prophecy of Micah (Oxford, 1677), sig. *3r-4v, and in A Commentary on the Prophecy ofHosea (Oxford, 1685), sig.
D. , Uppsala, 2001), 285. 30 Sacred Conjectures As Harshbarger points out, Lowth certainly does comment on stylistic traits in Hebrew poetry, but first of all he insists on a broad "cultural" interpretation of Hebrew poetry, in contrast to many of his predecessors. To understand the imagery and the expressions of the Hebrews, we have to study their culture, their beliefs, and their every-day conditions, according to Lowth. "18 In fact, Lowth introduces an extreme relativism in terms of poetical values by this statement, which is remarkable also within the context of classical poetics.
76. Exeter College, Oxford, Ms. 7, folder C, number 68. 24 Sacred Conjectures took off from October 1755. He moved first to a prebendal stall at Durham and later to the sees of St David's and Oxford. Despite the opprobrium generated by his very public quarrels with Warburton, Lowth remained on close terms with Seeker during the latter's primacy. His scholarly career also flourished, in collaboration with the young men whom Hunt had trained—Durell, Blayney, Newcome and above all Kennicott, all of whom themselves found that their careers now advanced at Oxford.