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Building a New Jerusalem$
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Francis J. Bremer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179132.001.0001

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A New Heaven in a New Earth

A New Heaven in a New Earth

(p.167) Chapter 11 A New Heaven in a New Earth
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how John Davenport and his fellow adventurers sailed into the broad estuary on the northern shore of Long Island Sound that was Quinnipiac Harbor. The harbor itself was four miles long, with a width that varied between one and two miles. The New Haven plan bears striking resemblances to the images of the temple that appeared in such works. The New Jerusalem of Revelation was a perfect square, as was New Haven. Each of the New Haven squares surrounding the meetinghouse square contained the home lot of a separate leader of the community, and each such cluster was a separate center of religious communion, evoking the distribution of the tribes of Israel.

Keywords:   John Davenport, Quinnipiac Harbor, temple, religious communion, tribes

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