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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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From Town to Colony

From Town to Colony

(p.205) Chapter 14 From Town to Colony
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how the settlers of New Haven and towns which joined with it had come to the region believing that their success in creating a godly kingdom would be matched by economic prosperity. There were a number of things that led to such expectations, but those hopes proved false promises. While New Haven would never achieve the economic success that its leaders had counted on, in other ways John Davenport and Eaton were satisfied with their accomplishments. One of the features of judicial proceedings in New England that was explicitly drawn from Scripture was the requirement that there be two witnesses to a crime for a defendant to be convicted. Looking at the entire range of criminal cases, it is striking how few crimes marred the record of Davenport's godly kingdom.

Keywords:   New Haven, John Davenport, Eaton, Scripture, godly kingdom

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