The Christian Commonwealth: or, The Civil Policy of the Rising Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Written Before the Interruption of the Government. Written by Mr. John Eliot, Teacher of the Church of Christ at Roxbury in New-England. And Now Published (after his consent given) by a Server of the Season

TitleThe Christian Commonwealth: or, The Civil Policy of the Rising Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Written Before the Interruption of the Government. Written by Mr. John Eliot, Teacher of the Church of Christ at Roxbury in New-England. And Now Published (after his consent given) by a Server of the Season
Year for Search1659
AuthorsEliot, John (1604-90)
Date Published[1659]
PublisherPtd. for Livewell Chapman
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author, US author
Annotation

Detailed eutopia written in the 1640s that derives government structure from the Bible, particularly Exodus 18:25 and Deuteronomy 1:15. Millennial and based on covenant theology. Focused on political institutions combining theocracy with a democracy with widespread manhood suffrage (woman and children were included within a man’s covenant). Born and educated in England, Eliot moved to America in 1631 where he established a school in Roxbury, Massachusetts and was known as the “Indian Apostle”. Although it was reinstated, this was the first book banned by an American government.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in the Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, series 3, 9 (1846): 128-64; and New York: Arno Press, 1972

Info Notes

Although it was reinstated, this was the first book banned by an American government.

Holding Institutions

L, PSt

Author Note

Born and educated in England, Eliot (1604-90)  moved to America in 1631 where he established a school in Roxbury, Massachusetts and was known as the “Indian Apostle”.

Full Text

[1659] Eliot, John (1604-90). The Christian Commonwealth: or, The Civil Policy of the Rising Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Written Before the Interruption of the Government.Written by Mr. John Eliot, Teacher of the Church of Christ at Roxbury in New-England. And Now Published (after his consent given) by a Server of the Season. London: Ptd. for Livewell Chapman. Rpt. in the Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, series 3, 9 (1846): 128-64; and New York: Arno Press, 1972. L, PSt

Detailed eutopia written in the 1640s that derives government structure from the Bible, particularly Exodus 18:25 and Deuteronomy 1:15. Millennial and based on covenant theology. Focused on political institutions combining theocracy with a democracy with widespread manhood suffrage (woman and children were included within a man’s covenant). Born and educated in England, Eliot moved to America in 1631 where he established a school in Roxbury, Massachusetts and was known as the “Indian Apostle”. Although it was reinstated, this was the first book banned by an American government.