In the autumn of 1834, New York City was awash with rumors of a strange religious cult operating nearby, centered around a mysterious, self-styled prophet named Matthias. It was said that Matthias the Prophet was stealing money from one of his followers; then came reports of lascivious sexual relations, based on odd teachings of matched spirits, apostolic priesthoods, and the inferiority of women. At its climax, the rumors transformed into legal charges, as the Prophet was arrested for the murder of a once highly-regarded Christian gentleman who had fallen under his sway. By the time the story played out, it became one of the nation's first penny-press sensations, casting a peculiar but revealing light on the sexual and spiritual tensions of the day.In The Kingdom of Matthias, the distinguished historians Paul Johnson and Sean Wilentz brilliantly recapture this forgotten story, imbuing their richly researched account with the dramatic force of a novel. In this book, the strange tale of Matthias the Prophet provides a fascinating window into the turbulent movements of the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening--movements which swept up great numbers of evangelical Americans and gave rise to new sects like the Mormons. Into this teeming environment walked a down-and-out carpenter named Robert Matthews, who announced himself as Matthias, prophet of the God of the Jews. His hypnotic spell drew in a cast of unforgettable characters--the meekly devout businessman Elijah Pierson, who once tried to raise his late wife from the dead; the young attractive Christian couple, Benjamin Folger and his wife Ann (who seduced the woman-hating Prophet); and the shrewd ex-slave Isabella Van Wagenen, regarded by some as "the most wicked of the wicked." None was more colorful than the Prophet himself, a bearded, thundering tyrant who gathered his followers into an absolutist household, using their money to buy an elaborate, eccentric wardrobe, and reordering their marital
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As the sacred text of a modern religious movement of global reach, The Book of Mormon has undeniable historical significance. That significance, this volume shows, is inextricable from the intricacy of its literary form and the audacity of its historical vision. This landmark collection brings together a diverse range of scholars in American literary studies and related fields to definitively establish The Book of Mormon as an indispensable object of Americanist inquiry not least because it is, among other things, a form of Americanist inquiry in its own right--a creative, critical reading of "America." Drawing on formalist criticism, literary and cultural theory, book history, religious studies, and even anthropological field work, Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon captures as never before the full dimensions and resonances of this "American Bible."
The Kingdom of Christ Delineated in Two Essays on Our Lord s Own Account of His Person and of the Nature of His Kingdom and on the Constitution Powers and Ministry of a Christian Church as Appointed by Himself
- Author : Richard Whately
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1859
- Genre : Christianity
- Pages : 93
- ISBN : PRNC:32101063703290
The following essays contain the substance of some discourses not originally designed for the press, but which I was strongly urged to publish by several of the persons to whom the volume is inscribed. I have endeavoured to throw the materials into a form more suited for private perusal than that of the discourses originally delivered. Among the subjects here treated of are some on which I have not only reflected much, but have written and published from time to time for above twelve years. And it may not be impertinent here to remark, that in respect of some most important points now maintained, I may appeal (besides the arguments contained in the following pages) to the strongest of all external confirmations, the testimony of opponents. Not that I have ever written in a polemical form, or sought to provoke controversy; but by opponents, I mean those who have maintained, and who still maintain, opinions opposite to those I have put forth; but who have never, to the best of my knowledge, even attempted any refutation of the reasons I have adduced. - Preface.
Santamarina examines four autobiographies by nineteenth-century African American women. Moving beyond the calls for abolition that marked the writings of black elites during this time, these former slaves and free black women wrote about their own overlooked or disparaged work as socially and culturally valuable to the nation, elevating the status of wage labor as a mark of self-reliance and civic virtue.
- Author : New York State Historical Association
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1995
- Genre : New York (State)
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : UOM:39015052839266
The book is a history of prophecy from around the time of Christ to even into the future a couple of thousand years. A fascinating documentary on how many times we have been wrong about the end of the world.
- Author : Ilona Berkovits
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1964
- Genre : Illumination of books and manuscripts
- Pages : 147
- ISBN : UOM:39015020640903
A discussion of forty-three manuscripts and two incunabula from a 15th century Hungarian collection.
Presents a biography of the woman who was born a slave with no status and became one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement.
At a time when most black women were slaves or servants and even white women were expected to sit quietly in the corner, Sojourner Truth transformed herself from a runaway slave to a well-known campaigner for abolition and women's rights. Born a slave in New York State around 1797 and given the name Isabella by her owner, she had already fled to freedom when New York's 1827 anti-slavery law officially emancipated her. Deeply religious, she adopted the name Sojourner Truth and became a traveling lay preacher and lecturer. Though she was illiterate, her extraordinary speaking skills electrified audiences and brought her widespread fame. Sojourner Truth dictated her "Narrative "to fellow feminist and abolitionist, Olive Gilbert. First published in 1850, it reveals the striking differences between slavery in the North and in the South. For example, while hideous conditions could be found in either region, Northern slaves were much more isolated from other African-Americans, and therefore more psychologically dependent upon their masters. An essential document of American history, "Narrative of Sojourner Truth" swirls with the fiery insights of this complex, accomplished, and magnetic woman, a preacher and a suffragist, and one of our most consummately human figures.
Matthias Harvye was living at Warwick, Rhode Island, by 1649. His first wife, Mary, died before 1656 when Matthais married 2) Mary Hawxhurst Cole, widow of Robert Cole. They sold their property in Rhode Island in 1663 and migrated to Oyster Bay, Long Island. Mary died at Oyster Bay in 1682. He married 3) Margaret Frankens Furbush, widow of John Furbush, in December 1682 and moved to Flushing, Long Island. Margaret died at Flushing in 1688. Matthais married 4) Sarah Harrison in 1689. They had four children, 1690-1696, all born at Flushing. The family migrated to Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1697. Matthias Harvye died between 1699 and 1703. Descendants lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and elsewhere. Descendants spell their surname Harvye and Harvey.