Samuel Sewall's Puritan Beliefs

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Samuel Sewall throughout his life, kept up his own journal providing insight on his Puritan beliefs. Another outlet also written by him, is The Selling of Joseph, A Memorial. In both pieces, Samuel Sewall contradicts his views on society and religion in more ways than just slavery. In The Selling of Joseph, A Memorial, Sewall attacks the foundation of the Bible by using the Bible itself. For example, he quotes Exod. 21:16 from the Bible to say all offspring of God are equal and that slavery should be abolished, because there is no natural right to sell someone or to slay someone. Yet on the contrary, Samuel Sewall claims that blacks in general are inferior to whites and are not capable of accomplishing the same tasks to those of whites. He

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