Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in 17th-Century England

Paperback | October 23, 2013

byAchsah Guibbory

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Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in 17th-Century England is a cultural history of seventeenth-century England. It assesses the complexity and fluidity of Christian identity from the reign of Elizabeth I and the early Stuart kings through the English Revolution, and into the Restoration,when the English Church and monarchy were restored. Throughout this tumultuous period, which included debate about readmission of the Jews, England was preoccupied with Jews and Israel. As the Reformation sharpened national identity and prompted reconsideration of the relation of Christianity toJudaism, English people showed intense interest in Jewish history and Judaism and appropriated biblical Israel's history, looking to the narratives in the Hebrew Bible, even as reformed Christianity was thought to be purged of Jewish elements. There was an unstable, shifting mix of identificationand opposition, affinity and distance, in English attitudes towards Jews - a mix that held positive possibilities for Jewish/Christian relations as well as negative. Grounded in archival research, this book analyzes writings ranging from those of Foxe and Hooker to Milton and Dryden, from sermons tolyrics, from church polemic to proposals for legal and economic reform. Literary texts discussed include Herrick's Hesperides, Vaughan's Silex Scintillans, Bunyan's Grace Abounding, Milton's major prose and poems, and Dryden's Annus Mirabilis and Absalom and Achitophel. Attention is also paid topublications associated with James I, Charles I, and Cromwell, and writings by and about such figures as William Prynne, Gerrard Winstanley, Margaret Fell, George Fox, Menasseh Ben Israel, and self-proclaimed prophets such as John Rogers, Abiezzer Coppe, and Anna Trapnel.

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Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in 17th-Century England is a cultural history of seventeenth-century England. It assesses the complexity and fluidity of Christian identity from the reign of Elizabeth I and the early Stuart kings through the English Revolution, and into the Restoration,when the English Church and monarchy were rest...

Achsah Guibbory is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English at Barnard College, Columbia University. Before coming to Barnard in 2004, she was Professor of English at the University of Illinois, where she was also affiliated with the Program in Religious Studies. Author of numerous articles and essays on seventeenth-century culture and l...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceTable of ContentsList of IllustrationsAbbreviations and note to the ReaderIntroduction1. Nation, Monarch, and Israel2. The English Church, Jewish Worship, and the Temple3. Revolution and Reformation: Parliament 'fast' sermons, the elect nation, and Biblical Israel4. Anglicans and Royalists at War and in Exile5. Political Alternatives and Israelite Foundations6. The Jewish Aspect of Radical Religion: millenarians and prophets7. Revisiting the Question of Jewish Readmission8. The Restoration: England and Israel, Milton and DrydenEpilogue

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`This is a rich, detailed picture of the Jewish aspects of British culture' C.S.Vilmar, Choice