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A Theologico-Political Treatise

by Benedict de Spinoza

Translated from the Latin by R. H. M. Elwes


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Title Page

Section 1

Chapter I.—Of Prophecy
Chapter II.—Of Prophets.
Chapter III.—Of the Vocation of the Hebrews, and Whether the Gift of Prophecy Was Peculiar To Them
Chapter IV.—Of the Divine Law.
Chapter V.—Of the Ceremonial Law.
Author's Endnotes

Part 2

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Chapter VI.—Of Miracles.
Chapter VII.—Of the Interpretation of Scripture
Chapter VIII.—Of the Authorship of the Pentateuch and the Other Historical Books of the Old Testament
Chapter IX.—Other Questions Concerning the Same Books...
Chapter X.—An Examination of the Remaining Books of the Old Testament According to the Preceding Method
Author's Endnotes

Part 3

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Chapter XI.—An Inquiry Whether the Apostles Wrote Their Epistles As Apostles and Prophets, Or Merely As Teachers...
Chapter XII.—Of The True Original of the Divine Law, and Wherefore Scripture Is Called Sacred, and the Word of God...
Chapter XIII.—It Is Shown That Scripture Teaches Only Very Simple Doctrines, Such As Suffice For Right Conduct
Chapter XIV.—Definitions of Faith, the Faith, and the Foundations of Faith, Which Is Once For All Separated From Philosophy
Chapter XV.—Theology Is Shown Not To Be Subservient To Reason, Nor Reason To Theology: A Definition of the Reason Which Enables Us To Accept the Authority of the Bible
Author's Endnotes

Part 4

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Chapter XVI.—Of the Foundations of a State; of the Natural and Civil Rights of Individuals; and of the Rights of the Sovereign Power
Chapter XVII.—It Is Shown That No One Can, Or Need, Transfer All His Rights To The Sovereign Power...
Chapter XVIII.—From the Commonwealth of the Hebrews, and Their History, Certain Political Doctrines Are Deduced
Chapter XIX.—It Is Shown That the Right Over Matters Spiritual Lies Wholly With the Sovereign...
Chapter XX.—That In A Free State Every Man May Think What He Likes, and Say What He Thinks
Author's Endnotes