Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in 17th-Century England$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Achsah Guibbory

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557165

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557165.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 15 July 2019

Nation, Monarch, and Israel

Nation, Monarch, and Israel

Chapter:
(p.21) 1 Nation, Monarch, and Israel
Source:
Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in 17th-Century England
Author(s):

Achsah Guibbory

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557165.003.0002

This chapter explores the developing notion that England was the special object of God's favor. Enabling the Reformation separation from Rome, the Hebrew Bible was used to legitimize England's institutions, giving the nation an Israelite identity. The Hebrew Bible played a crucial role in the formation of English nationalism, which adapted Luther's (and Paul's) idea that Christians were the ‘true Israel.’ Identification with biblical Jews was at odds with the Protestant belief that ‘Jewishness’ had no place in reformed Christianity, and emergent nationalism complicated Protestant internationalism. This chapter discusses ways in which, by the early seventeenth century, England was made biblical Israel's successor. Elizabeth I was a Davidic monarch. James, the ‘British Solomon,’ was imagined to have united the kingdoms of Israel and initiated the messianic time (described in Isaiah) characterized by peace, wealth and empire, and the rebuilding of God's Temple.

Keywords:   Elizabeth I, James I, Luther, Reformation, Foxe, Solomon, Isaiah, monarchy, nation, Israel

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .