John Goodwin on Zechariah 13:3: Toleration, supersessionism and Jewish restorationism

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  • Lawrence Rabone

Abstract

This article on an early modern pamphlet which can be found in the John Rylands Library Special Collections asserts the importance of John Goodwin’s analysis of Zechariah 13:3 in A Post-Script or Appendix to…Hagio-Mastrix (1647). I argue that this pamphlet’s significance is not only its emphasis on toleration, but also that it is a striking example of Judeo-centric millenarian thought in which Zechariah 12-14 is understood as prophesying a future time in which the Jews will be restored to the Land of Israel. I also analyse the pamphlet’s relationship to supersessionism and compare Goodwin’s interpretation with that of Samuel Rutherford, William Prynne, John Owen and, in particular, John Calvin. I explain that Goodwin’s use of the analogy of Scripture hermeneutic helps to explain his belief in Jewish restorationism. I then show how one of Goodwin’s followers, Daniel Taylor, used Judeo-centric biblical exegesis to petition Oliver Cromwell for Jewish readmission to England.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin of the John Rylands Library
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020