An attempt has been made in the preceding pages to demonstrate that both Jewish history and the ideas of Jewish authors, through the medium of Christian Hebraists’ writings, were used to a very considerable degree in Sir Isaac Newton’s theology. Newton owned a large number of tracts which were either written by Jews or in which historical Judaism was the central subject. Jews and their ideas played a part in Newton’s conception of the rise and corruption of ancient religion, biblical prophecy, the meaning of Solomon’s Temple, the history of the early church, and the corruption of the early church through metaphysics. These topics, together with world chronology comprise the thrust of Newton’s entire historical theology.
KeywordsSeventeenth Century Scientific Revolution Jewish History Christian Tradition European Thought
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