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Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr.

John Coffey


Exodus and Liberation is a groundbreaking study of Protestant “deliverance politics” from the Reformation to the civil rights movement. It presents a new account of how the Bible’s liberationist texts were deployed and contested in a series of political crises in British and American history. It argues that Exodus and Jubilee carried one of the big ideas in Anglophone political culture–the idea of deliverance. Christians have read Exodus politically ever since Eusebius acclaimed Constantine as the new Moses. In the sixteenth century, however, Calvinist rebels and reformers took th ... More

Keywords: Exodus, deliverance, liberation, slavery, Bible, Protestants, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199334223
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334223.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Coffey, author
University of Leicester

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