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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

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The Jewish Aspect of Radical Religion

The Jewish Aspect of Radical Religion

Millenarians and Prophets

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(p.186) 6 The Jewish Aspect of Radical Religion
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Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in 17th-Century England
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Achsah Guibbory

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557165.003.0007

Heterodox religion in the 1640s and 1650s was linked with Jews and Judaism in many ways. Arguing that Old Testament prophecies predicted Jewish redemption and that Jews would have a prominent place in Christ's kingdom, millenarians like Robert Maton seemed to be reviving ‘Judaism,’ with its ‘carnal’ reading of the Bible. The millenarian Rogers was mocked as ‘Rabbi.’ The Jewish aspect of the antinomian Ranters, led by Abiezer Coppe, seemed confirmed by the similarly transgressive actions of the Jewish messiah Sabbatai Sevi. The Hebrew prophets' language and ideas inspired England's radical prophets such as Coppe, Rogers, Anna Trapnel, and Arise Evans, who claimed to speak for God, though James Nayler took the idea that God is within to the extreme. While these ‘biblical’ prophets addressed England as Israel, they actually dismantled the idea that England was Israel, and that Israel was a nation.

Keywords:   millenarians, Ranters, Abiezer Coppe, Sabbatai Sevi, Anna Trapnel, Arise Evans, James Nayler, Jews, Israel, prophets

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