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Revolutionary Founders

The Old Testament and a New Republic

American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War. By Eran Shalev. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. 256 pages. $28.00 paper. Review by Jordan T. Watkins Eran Shalev has distinguished himself as a historian of early America’s intellectual and political culture. His most recent publication is a kind of companion piece to his work on the classical world in the early republic, Rome Reborn on Western Shores (2009). In American Zion, Shalev highlights the place of the biblical past in the American republic. His examination of sermons, religious tracts, and political pamphlets Read more