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Religions 2016, 7(1), 4;

“This Is Our Jerusalem”: Early American Evangelical Localizations of the Hebraic Republic

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program, The King’s College, 56 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, USA
Academic Editors: Victor Roudometof and Peter Iver Kaufman
Received: 16 October 2015 / Revised: 17 December 2015 / Accepted: 20 December 2015 / Published: 28 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glocal Religions)
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This paper examines how evangelical pastors applied Protestant notions of a Hebraic Republic for their parishioners as America transitioned from a colonial frontier to a new republic. As the American constitutions took shape during and after the Revolution, many evangelical pastors argued that America emulated or was inspired by the Israelite polity as described by the Old Testament. America and its institutions thus became a reincarnated Hebraic Republic, a new “city on a hill”, and a new Jerusalem. Originally these pastors drew on a broader, global movement that was shaping republican attempts at reform in Europe, but as they localized the biblical model to their own particular experiences, they brought new meaning to it and exported the transformed model back out to the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: hebraic republic; evangelical; preaching; sermon; constitutionalism hebraic republic; evangelical; preaching; sermon; constitutionalism
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