Bossuet at the National Bible Museum

Shown above, from the National Bible Museum in Washington, DC: Bossuet’s Politique tirée des propres paroles de l’Ecriture Sainte (Politics Drawn from the Very Words of Holy Scripture,) published posthumously in 1709.  It was addressed to the Dauphin (Louis XIV’s son) whose tutor Bossuet was and who wasn’t, to say the least, the best student Bossuet could have had.  But, as always, he did the best he could with the material he was presented, and this, probably the most comprehensive defense of the divine right (and responsibilities) of kings, is now preserved for posterity.

It is entirely appropriate that Bossuet, whose works were kneaded with the Scriptures, should be featured at the National Bible Museum.

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