What did John Winthrop mean when he said the Massachusetts Bay Colony should be "a city upon a hill".?

What did John Winthrop mean when he said the Massachusetts Bay Colony should be "a city upon a hill" and how did this influence life in New England during the 17th century?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    The city on a hill is Jerusalem.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    The phase comes from the sermon on the Mount " You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can't be hidden."

    — Matthew 5:14

    Winthrop warned his fellow Puritans that their new community would be "as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us", meaning, if the Puritans failed to uphold their covenant with God, then their sins and errors would be exposed for all the world to see:

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    He was alluding to the New Testament, the Sermon on the Mount:

    "You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can't be hidden."

    — Matthew 5:14

    Christ is telling his disciples that they should give a good example to the whole world, like a city built on the top of a hill where everyone can see it. John Winthrop was reminding the people of Massachusetts Bay that they should also be an example to the world.

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