“Fill the earth and subdue it”: Biblical warrants for colonization in seventeenth century England

Harrison, Peter (2005) “Fill the earth and subdue it”: Biblical warrants for colonization in seventeenth century England. Journal of Religious History, 29 1: 3-24. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9809.2005.00258.x


Author Harrison, Peter
Title “Fill the earth and subdue it”: Biblical warrants for colonization in seventeenth century England
Journal name Journal of Religious History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4227
1467-9809
Publication date 2005-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2005.00258.x
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 24
Total pages 22
Place of publication Richmond, VIC., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract The importance of conceptions of natural law in early-modern debates about the legitimacy of colonization is well known. The role played by specific arguments drawn from Scripture is less recognized. In seventeenth century England the biblical injunction to “fill the earth and subdue it,” along with the account of the Exodus and the occupation of “the promised land,” informed debates about the origins of private property, and was directly relevant to developing conceptions of indigenous property rights and the legitimacy of dispossession. Although there were powerful economic and evangelical incentives for the establishment of foreign plantations in the early-modern period, these were strongly reinforced, in the English context at least, by particular readings of Old Testament narratives.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Wed, 12 Oct 2011, 17:21:33 EST by Peter Harrison on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses