Jennifer Glaser University of Cincinnati review essay Invisible Hebrews Jews in Early America New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America Michael hoberMan Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011. 296 pp. Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life laura leibMan London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2012 416 pp. Black Jews in Africa and the Americas Tudor ParfiTT Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013 240 pp. Early in Black Jews in Africa and the Americas, Tudor Parfitt relates an anecdote about the false prophet Richard Brothers, a British man who "was convinced initially that the Second Coming would be in 1795, when he would be revealed as Prince of the Hebrews and would lead the Jews back to Palestine along with the `invisible Hebrews,' the descendants of the Lost Tribes, many of whom lived in England and other (Protestant) parts of northern Europe" (41). Parfitt shares this episode in order to support his argument--one of many in Black Jews in Africa and the Americas--that some "British Protestants [thought they] themselves were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel" (41). The so-called "British Israel" theory, he contends, had a vast effect on colonial projects in Africa and
Early American Literature – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Mar 9, 2014
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