Biblical Parallels with the Pilgrams in "Of Plymouth Plantation"

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The excerpts from Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford are a blend of fact and interpretation. Bradford’s journal records not only the events of the first 30 years but also the reactions of the colonists. Within Bradford’s Journals he makes many Biblical references that relate to the Pilgrim’s journey to America and their reactions to certain events.

Bradford makes 4 specific references when describing what the Pilgrims encountered and how they reacted to them when they reached America and wandered in the wilderness. The first verse he references to is Acts chapter 28 when Paul tells how the shipwrecked Christians were helped by the “barbarous people” of Malta. Bradford uses this verse as a reference to when the Pilgrims had just reached the wilderness of the new land and they had no one there to greet them and comfort them. The second reference that Bradford made was to Deuteronomy 34:1-4 which states, “Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar.” Bradford uses this verse reference to illustrate what the Pilgrims could not do as far as going up onto a mountain top to see the entire land as Moses was able to do on the top of Pisgah. The third reference that Bradford made to the Bible was to Deuteronomy 26:7. In Deuteronomy 26:7 it says “Then we cried out to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression.” Bradford uses this verse to demonstrate how the children of the Pilgrims should be proud of their fathers who crossed the ocean to discover this land. Also it shows how God listened to the Pilgrims when they cried for help and how He looked upon their misfortunes. The last reference was made...
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