The Biblical Roots of the American Republic


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Present day Americans have almost no memory of our beginnings as a nation that drew its values and principles of government form the Bible. It comes as a shock when I suggest that our national founders drew their inspiration as much or more from Moses as they did from any Greek or Roman philosophy or history.


Sir. William Blackstone (1723-80), the English expert on common law and the greatest influence on American legal education up until the 20th century, said "Much of western constitutionalism originated in the Hebrew polity found in the Books of Moses." In an election sermon given by The Reverend Samuel Langdon (then President of Harvard University) he goes to great lengths to demonstrate how America owes its model for government, not to the Greeks or Romans, but more to ancient Israel. His sermon was titled, "The Republic of Israel / An Example to the American States." 


It was given in 1788 before the New Hampshire State Convention regarding the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. In it he observed that the Greeks and Romans were far from being worthy, compared to the laws of Israel as to the security of life, liberty, and property, and the public morals. 

 

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