Millenarianism and Nationalism — A Case Study: Isaac La Peyrère

  • R. H. Popkin
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas/Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idées book series (ARCH, volume 176)


As Western Europe became Christianized during the early Middle Ages the various converted countries began to trace their origins back to the biblical account of the origins and development of mankind. Since all of mankind was supposed to come from the survivors of Noah’s Ark, each nation saw its origins as coming from one of Noah’s grandchildren, whose descendants were dispersed after the Tower of Babel episode. France claimed from way, way back that its peoples were descended from Japhet, the oldest son of the oldest son of Noah. This supposedly made France the senior biblically derived country in Europe, and gave it primacy over other countries.


Biblical Text Jewish Question Jewish Involvement Biblical Criticism Biblical Account 
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