John Eliot’s Mission to the Indians Before King Philip’s War
Harvard University Press, 1999 - 331 páginas
No previous work on John Eliot's mission to the Indians has told such a comprehensive and engaging story. Richard Cogley takes a dual approach: he delves deeply into Eliot's theological writings and describes the historical development of Eliot's missionary work. By relating the two, he presents fresh perspectives that challenge widely accepted assessments of the Puritan mission.
Cogley incorporates Eliot's eschatology into the history of the mission, takes into account the biographies of the proselytes (the "praying Indians") and the individual histories of the Christian Indian settlements (the "praying towns"), and corrects misperceptions about the mission's role in English expansion. He also addresses other interpretive problems in Eliot's mission, such as why the Puritans postponed their evangelizing mission until 1646, why Indians accepted or rejected the mission, and whether the mission played a role in causing King Philip's War.
This book makes signal contributions to New England history, Native American history, and religious studies.
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The Context of the Mission
The Submission of the Sachems and the Birth of the Mission
The Early Development of the Mission
The Mission and the Millennium
The Natick Mission
The Remaining Praying Towns
Missionary Work outside Massachusetts Bay
The Supervision of the Mission
Variant Indian Personal and Place Names in the Missionary History of Massachusetts Bay
Population Figures and Permanent and Temporary Personnel in the Prewar Settlements
Principal Nonantum and Neponset Indians
Eliots Massachusett Publications
Principal Printed Sources
The Apostle and the Indians
John Cottons Lectures on Revelation and Canticles
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