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Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World

Christian Zionism and English National Identity, 1600–1850

Authors: Crome, Andrew

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  • Explores the relationship between Christian Zionist and English nationalist movements over two centuries
  • Offers a more nuanced account of the historical development of a range of Christian Zionisms in England
  • Argues that Christian Zionist ideas have re-emerged in English thought at times of national crisis as a way of reinforcing the concept of ‘chosen’ nationhood
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This book explores why English Christians, from the early modern period onwards, believed that their nation had a special mission to restore the Jews to Palestine. It examines English support for Jewish restoration from the Whitehall Conference in 1655 through to public debates on the Jerusalem Bishopric in 1841. Rather than claiming to replace Israel as God’s “elect nation”, England was “chosen” to have a special, but inferior, relationship with the Jews. Believing that God “blessed those who bless” the Jewish people, this national role allowed England to atone for ill-treatment of Jews, read the confusing pathways of providence, and guarantee the nation’s survival until Christ’s return. This book analyses this mode of national identity construction and its implications for understanding Christian views of Jews, the self, and “the other”. It offers a new understanding of national election, and of the relationship between apocalyptic prophecy and political action.       

About the authors

Andrew Crome is Lecturer in Early Modern History at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is author of The Restoration of the Jews (2014) and editor of Prophecy and Eschatology in the Transatlantic World (2016). He also writes on religion, contemporary popular culture, and fandom, and is co-editor of Religion and Doctor Who (2013). 

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“This book makes an important contribution to the study of Protestant “philosemitism” and the religious sources of English national identity. Crome begins with a hermeneutical revolution: the new “Judeo-centric” reading of the Bible that flourished in seventeenth-century Britain and put the restoration of the Jews at the centre of end-times speculation. Here he finds the origins of Christian Zionism, but also a new conception of the nation. England (or Britain) was conceived not as the new Israel (displacing old Israel), but rather as a nation that found its raison d’etre in supporting the Jews and their restoration to Palestine. Crome shows how this idea informed the debates around Jewish readmission in 1655, the “Jew Bill” of 1753, and the Jerusalem bishopric controversy of 1840-41. His study is essential reading for students of millenarianism, Judaism, and religious nationalism.” (John Coffey, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Leicester, UK)

“Christian Zionism and English National Identity is an important addition to the literature on Christian-Jewish relations, political theology, and the influence of the Bible on Western history. Moving fluently between primary sources and recent scholarship, Crome shows how concepts of chosenness and election were deployed to give a divine mission to English Protestants without claiming an eschatology reserved for the Jews. Working in a sensitive field, Crome is notably respectful of both historical actors and contemporary interlocutors. This book will interest and provoke readers in a range of disciplines.” (Samuel Goldman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University, USA, and author of God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America)

“This excellent book makes an important, provocative, powerful contribution to the extensive work on English national identity, Christian (particularly Protestant) attitudes toward Jews, the idea of chosen nations, and prophecy and biblical interpretation from the early seventeenth century into the mid nineteenth-century.” (Achsah Guibbory, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English, Barnard College, Columbia University, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 1-27

  • “Shall They Return to Jerusalem Againe?”: Jewish Restoration in Early Modern English Thought

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 29-66

  • “Honor Them Whom God Honoreth”: The Whitehall Conference on Jewish Readmission, 1655

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 67-104

  • “See with Your Own Eyes, and Believe Your Bibles”: The Jew Bill Controversy of 1753

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 105-162

  • “Ignorance, Infatuation, and, Perhaps, Insanity!”: Jewish Restoration and National Crisis, 1793–1795

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 163-207

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77194-6
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $109.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Christian Zionism and English National Identity, 1600–1850
Authors
Series Title
Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77194-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77194-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77193-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 305
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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