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The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000$
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Todd Endelman

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227194

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227194.001.0001

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The Resettlement (1656–1700)

The Resettlement (1656–1700)

(p.15) Chapter 1 The Resettlement (1656–1700)
The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000

Todd M. Endelman

University of California Press

This chapter examines the history of the resettlement of Jews in England during the period from 1656 to 1700 after they were expelled by Edward I in 1290. The first Englishmen to propose the readmission of Jews were radical Puritans who eagerly awaited the coming of the millennium and were convinced that Protestant England had an active role to play in bringing it about. This chapter suggests that Menasseh ben Israel's interest in Jewish resettlement in England had a further dimension. Being a messianist, Menasseh believed that the return of Jews to England would accelerate the coming of the messianic age.

Keywords:   Jews, resettlement, England, Edward I, radical Puritans, Menasseh ben Israel, messianic age

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