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Providence in Early Modern England$
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Alexandra Walsham

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208877.001.0001

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‘Englands Warning by Israel’: Paul's Cross Prophecy 1

‘Englands Warning by Israel’: Paul's Cross Prophecy 1

(p.281) 6 ‘Englands Warning by Israel’: Paul's Cross Prophecy1
Providence in Early Modern England

Alexandra Walsham

Oxford University Press

The chapter analyses the providential thinking which underpinned the preaching of the Israelite paradigm in the eighty-year interval between Elizabeth's accession and the end of Charles I's Personal Rule. The chapter explores various issues relating to providential preaching in the context of Jeremaid and Paul's Cross Prophecy. Whereas the Jeremiad preached a strong organic connection between society and self, that is the future of the community fused with the fate of the private citizen's soul, Prophetic preachers emphasized earthly welfare of their country and the heavenly welfare of each Christian dwelling within her. Moral outrage and jingoistic patriotism were exemplified and cited by semi-professional writers of that time. The chapter highlights the degree to which the preoccupations of prophetic preachers coincided with the habitual concerns of the authors and consumers of inexpensive ephemeral literature, and also examines the theology embodied in a representative sample of sermons.

Keywords:   prophetic preachers, Paul's Cross prophecy, providential preaching, Jeremaid, jingoistic patriotism, moral outrage, sermons

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