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Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr. Hardcover – 22 May 2014

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"This book, a tour de force of historical research and cultural analysis, demonstrates that a rhetoric of 'deliverance' grounded in several key biblical texts has been an under-appreciated but vitally important theme of political mobilization in Britain and American from the 16th century to the present. The argument is built on careful analysis of these texts from the Book of Exodus and elsewhere in Scripture, and of their surprisingly broad effect in different historical periods and national circumstances. The effect adds significantly to political understanding of religious history and religious understanding of the political. It is a noteworthy, but also surprisingly timely work." --Mark Noll, author of Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction"A fascinating, original, and thought-provoking book. In a riveting analysis that crosses centuries and continents, John Coffey explores how a wide range of intellectuals and activists, from American Presidents to African slaves, have been inspired by-and taken advantage of -the biblical ideals of exodus and liberation. This is global, religious, intellectual and social history at its best, raising important questions about the practical power of theology in pursuit of freedom and equality." --Stephen Tuck, author of We Ain't What We Ought To Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipationto Obama"With Exodus and Liberation John Coffey makes an original contribution to the literature in this well-written, insightful, and cogently argued text by extending the discussion back to the Reformed Protestant use of Exodus in the English Puritan and Revolutionary movements of the 16th and 17th centuries." --Albert J. Raboteau, Princeton University

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John Coffey is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester

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