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

Lawrence Rabone

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


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