Hadriaan Beverland’s De peccato originali (On Original Sin, 1679): an annotated edition and translation

Karen Hollewand (Editor), Floris Verhaart (Editor)

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Abstract

In his De peccato originali (1679), Hadriaan Beverland (1650-1716) presented his thesis that sex was the original sin and a vital part of human nature. Building on contemporary insights into the history of the text of the Bible, he criticised the hypocritical attitudes among the religious and social elite of his day concerning the biblical text and sexual morality. The work became notorious in the seventeenth century and led to its author’s banishment. In the eighteenth century, it exerted considerable influence on the way in which many in Europe came to see sexuality.

This annotated edition with English translation also includes a comprehensive introduction that includes a contextualization of the De peccato originali and its impact.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBrill
Number of pages365
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-67990-0
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-34285-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24-Aug-2023

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