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God's InstrumentsPolitical Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell$
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Blair Worden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570492

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570492.001.0001

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Cromwell and the Sin of Achan

Cromwell and the Sin of Achan

(p.13) 1 Cromwell and the Sin of Achan
God's Instruments

Blair Worden

Oxford University Press

The chapter illustrates the place of biblical conviction in the thinking of Oliver Cromwell and those around him. It shows how their sense of purpose was nourished and shaped by their alertness to what they took to be divinely‐appointed parallels between current events and episodes in the Old Testament. It illustrates the point through a study of the applications by Cromwellians to their own circumstances of the story told in Joshua VII of the divine retribution that was visited on the Israelites in consequence of the sin of one of their number, Achan. Achan's iniquity reduced the Israelites to an unaccustomed military impotence that was relieved only after the sin had been investigated and punished. The heart‐searching of the Cromwellians into their own iniquity is shown to be a prompt to political action.

Keywords:   Cromwell, Achan, sin, punish, biblical

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