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Exodus and liberation : deliverance politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr.

Author: John Coffey
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Biblical texts have been one of the most potent sources in the Western political imagination. Presenting a new account of how the Bible's liberationist texts were deployed and disputed at critical junctures in British and American history from the Reformation to the Civil Rights Movement, Exodus and Liberation argues that the Exodus story carried one of the big ideas in Anglophone political culture--the idea of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Coffey
ISBN: 9780199334223 0199334226
OCLC Number: 848267519
Description: xi, 301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : "Biblical traditions that call for liberation" --
"The only parallel" : the Puritan revolution as England's exodus --
"God's favourite people" : the revolutions of 1688 and 1776 --
"Pretended votaries of freedom" : the rise of Protestant antislavery to 1807 --
"Yours for the jubilee" : the abolitionists' scriptural imagination, 1808-1865 --
"When Israel was in Egyptland" : black exodus politics, 1808-1865 --
"I have seen the promised land" : the persistence of deliverance politics, 1865-2008 --
Conclusion : sacred texts, godly readers, and historical change.
Responsibility: John Coffey.

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This book, a tour de force of historical research and cultural analysis, demonstrates that a rhetoric of 'deliverance' grounded in several key biblical texts has been an under-appreciated but vitally Read more...

 
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