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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Alexander Hamilton: Friend to the Jews

Alexander Hamilton  (by William J. Weaver)
No longer simply relegated to a spot on the $10 bill, Alexander Hamilton is currently everywhere that hipsters wish to be.

Due to the success of hip-hop “Hamilton,” people are now curious about his life.  Wikipedia reports that he was born out-of-wedlock to a mother who was “most likely Jewish.”  He had also received tutoring and classes at a private school “led by a Jewish headmistress.”

All this likely fostered an ongoing “respect for Jews.”  As a youth, Hamilton could even recite all Ten Commandments in their original Hebrew.  He believed that the Jews were blessed by Divine Providence, and warned “that those who discredit the Jews ‘destroy the Christian religion.’”

Although a devout Presbyterian in his youth, Hamilton leaned more and more toward Deism as the years went by. Patheos explains that he had helped George Washington to draft these words into Washington’s Farewell Address:  …reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is important to note that this was a generic reference to “religion,” as opposed to a focus upon Christianity only.    


Copyright August 19, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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