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The Restoration of the Jews: Early Modern Hermeneutics, Eschatology, and National Identity in the Works of Thomas Brightman

Authors: Crome, Andrew

  • Examines Thomas Brightman, a figure often cited in secondary works but rarely examined in detail
  • Presents important new insights on the development of early modern ideas of Jewish restoration to Palestine
  • Provides a detailed analysis of early modern apocalyptic hermeneutics and their links to national identity formation
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About this book

This book offers the first detailed examination of the life and works of biblical commentator Thomas Brightman (1562-1607), analysing his influential eschatological commentaries and their impact on both conservative and radical writers in early modern England. It examines in detail the hermeneutic strategies used by Brightman and argues that his method centred on the dual axes of a Jewish restoration to Palestine and the construction of a strong English national identity.  This book suggests that Brightman’s use of conservative modes of “literal” exegesis led him to new interpretations which had a major impact on early modern English eschatology. A radically historicised mode of exegesis sought to provide interpretations of the Old Testament that would have made sense to their original readers, leading Brightman and those who followed him to argue for the physical restoration of the Jews to the Holy Land. In doing so, the standard Reformed identification of Old Testament Israel with elect Christians was denied. This book traces the evolution of the controversial idea that Israel and the church both had separate unfulfilled scriptural promises in early modern England and shows how early modern exegetes sought to re-construct a distinctly English Christian identity through reading their nation into prophecy. In examining Brightman’s hermeneutic strategies and their influence, this book argues for important links between a “literal” hermeneutic, ideas of Jewish restoration and national identity construction in early modern England. Its central arguments will be of interest to all those researching the history of biblical interpretation, the role of religion in constructing national identity and the background to the later development of Christian Zionism.

This important study provides a new examination of Thomas Brightman's hermeneutical method, particularly his ideas on the restoration of the Jews. The author's thorough analysis of Brightman's approach also has more general and wider implications for understanding the development of English apocalyptic interpretation into the later seventeenth-century.' - Dr Warren Johnston, Associate Professor of History, Algoma University.

Andrew Crome's ground-breaking study of Thomas Brightman offers a new and sometimes surprising account of the development of millennial thinking in and beyond early modern England. This masterly account demonstrates the extent to which an emerging Zionism supported an emerging English nationalism, while outlining the historical roots of some of the most important of contemporary geopolitical themes." - Professor Crawford Gribben, Professor of Early Modern British History, Queen's University Belfast.

This important study provides a new examination of Thomas Brightman's hermeneutical method, particularly his ideas on the restoration of the Jews. The author's thorough analysis of Brightman's approach also has more general and wider implications for understanding the development of English apocalyptic interpretation into the later seventeenth-century.' - Dr Warren Johnston, Associate Professor of History, Algoma University.

About the authors

Andrew Crome is Lecturer in the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Manchester.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 1-28

  • Hermeneutics and the Jews in Protestant Thought

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 29-58

  • Historicising Allegory: Thomas Brightman and the Historicising Commentary

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 59-95

  • Consistent Literalism and the Restoration of the Jews

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 97-129

  • Thomas Brightman and Judeo-Centrism 1610–1640

    Crome, Andrew

    Pages 131-165

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-04762-1
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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38081-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Restoration of the Jews: Early Modern Hermeneutics, Eschatology, and National Identity in the Works of Thomas Brightman
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
213
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04762-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04762-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04761-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38081-0
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 242
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