John Eliotís Mission to the Indians Before King Philipís War

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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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Contents

The Context of the Mission
1
The Submission of the Sachems and the Birth of the Mission
21
The Early Development of the Mission
50
The Mission and the Millennium
74
The Natick Mission
103
The Remaining Praying Towns
138
Missionary Work outside Massachusetts Bay
170
The Supervision of the Mission
205
Variant Indian Personal and Place Names in the Missionary History of Massachusetts Bay
251
Population Figures and Permanent and Temporary Personnel in the Prewar Settlements
254
Principal Nonantum and Neponset Indians
257
Eliots Massachusett Publications
258
Abbreviations
259
Principal Printed Sources
261
Notes
265
Index
321

The Apostle and the Indians
238
John Cottons Lectures on Revelation and Canticles
249

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Richard W. Cogley is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University.

Richard W. Cogley is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University.

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