Puritans and Jews in Colonial New England: Devotion, Dissonance or Disdain?
March 14, 2013
Join cultural historian Michael Hoberman as he considers the complicated relationship between two peculiar, Biblically inspired peoples. Why did America’s earliest settlers model their communities on those of the ancient Hebrews, view the modern-day descendants of those Hebrews as hopeless apostates, and tolerate the establishment of Jewish congregations in Newport and other colonial communities? Why does it matter that Puritans were fascinated with Jews in the first place? How are Jews and Judaism implicated in the earliest period of American religious history? BOOK SIGNING AND SALES TO FOLLOW.