John Eliot's Mission to the Indians before King Philip's War

John Eliot's Mission to the Indians before King Philip's War

by Richard W. Cogley, Richard W. Cogly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674475372

ISBN-13: 9780674475373

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: Harvard

No previous work on John Eliot's mission to the Indians has told such a comprehensive and engaging story. Richard Cogley takes a dual approach: he delves deeply into Eliot's theological writings and describes the historical development of Eliot's missionary work. By relating the two, he presents fresh perspectives that challenge widely accepted assessments of

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No previous work on John Eliot's mission to the Indians has told such a comprehensive and engaging story. Richard Cogley takes a dual approach: he delves deeply into Eliot's theological writings and describes the historical development of Eliot's missionary work. By relating the two, he presents fresh perspectives that challenge widely accepted assessments of the Puritan mission.

Cogley incorporates Eliot's eschatology into the history of the mission, takes into account the biographies of the proselytes (the "praying Indians") and the individual histories of the Christian Indian settlements (the "praying towns"), and corrects misperceptions about the mission's role in English expansion. He also addresses other interpretive problems in Eliot's mission, such as why the Puritans postponed their evangelizing mission until 1646, why Indians accepted or rejected the mission, and whether the mission played a role in causing King Philip's War.

This book makes signal contributions to New England history, Native American history, and religious studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674475373
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

The Context of the Mission

The Submission of the Sachems and the Birth of the Mission

The Early Development of the Mission

The Mission and the Millennium

The Natick Mission

The Remaining Praying Towns

Missionary Work outside Massachusetts Bay

The Supervision of the Mission

Conclusion: The Apostle and the Indians

Appendixes

John Cotton's Lectures on Revelation and Canticles

Variant Indian Personal and Place Names in the Missionary History of Massachusetts Bay

Population Figures and Permanent and Temporary Personnel in the Prewar Settlements

Principal Nonantum and Petonset Indians

Eliot's Massachusett Publications

Abbreviations

Principal Printed Sources

Notes

Index

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