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American Zion

Eran Shalev


The Bible has always been an integral part of American political culture. Yet in the years before the Civil War, it was the Old Testament, not the New Testament, that pervaded political rhetoric. From Revolutionary times through about 1830, numerous American politicians, commentators, ministers, and laymen depicted their young nation as a new, God-chosen Israel and relied on the Old Testament for political guidance. This book closely examines how this powerful predilection for Old Testament narratives and rhetoric in early America shaped a wide range of debates and cultural discussions—from re ... More

Keywords: Bible, American political culture, Old Testament, New Testament, early America, republican ideology, constitutional interpretation, southern slavery, American nationalism, Mormonism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300186925
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300186925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eran Shalev, author