By John Coffey
In the 16th century, Calvinist rebels and reformers pointed out with previous testomony Israel as they sought liberation from "popish bondage." The Puritan Revolution of 1640-60 was once depicted as England's Exodus, frightening a fierce contest for keep an eye on of the biblical tale. within the wonderful Revolution and the yank Revolution, Protestants grew to become the Exodus narrative and deliverance language opposed to "political slavery." progressive rhetoric uncovered the contradiction among libertarian ideology and black chattel slavery. Abolitionists solid a theology of liberation, articulated in resonant biblical mottoes: "Let my humans Go!", "Proclaim Liberty through the Land," "Break each Yoke", "Release the Oppressed." African americans forged themselves because the young children of Israel, forging a unique identification and throwing into query the scriptural development of the us. Black migrations to the North have been imagined as trips to the Promised Land, and black Exodus politics climaxed within the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. between American statesmen, overseas coverage rhetoric endured to yoke windfall to Liberation. by way of the twenty-first century, either George W. Bush and Barack Obama laid declare to the Exodus story.
Using sermons, speeches, pamphlets, tune, verse, and iconography, Exodus and Liberation records the intense succeed in of those biblical traditions, demonstrating how the political interpreting of scriptural texts powerfully expert Protestant debates over slavery and liberty.