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The Kingdom of Matthias

Author: Paul E Johnson; Sean Wilentz
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Updated edView all editions and formats
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Paul Johnson and Sean Wilentz brilliantly recapture the forgotten story of Matthias the Prophet, imbuing their richly researched account with the dramatic force of a novel. In the hands of Johnson and Wilentz, the strange tale of Matthias opens a fascinating window into the turbulent movements of the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening--movements that swept up great numbers of evangelical Americans  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Johnson, Paul E., 1942-
Kingdom of Matthias.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011294585
(OCoLC)778326429
Named Person: Robert Matthews; Sojourner Truth; Robert Matthews; Sojourner Truth
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul E Johnson; Sean Wilentz
ISBN: 9780199917594 0199917590 1280594918 9781280594915
OCLC Number: 784886662
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 234 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Prologue: two prophets at Kirtland --
1. Elijah Pierson --2. Robert Matthews --
3. The Kingdom --
4. The Downfall --
Epilogue --
Afterword.
Other Titles: Story of sex and salvation in 19th-century America
Responsibility: Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz.

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Paul Johnson and Sean Wilentz brilliantly recapture the forgotten story of Matthias the Prophet, imbuing their richly researched account with the dramatic force of a novel. In the hands of Johnson and Wilentz, the strange tale of Matthias opens a fascinating window into the turbulent movements of the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening--movements that 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 personality 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 relations. By the time the tensions within the kingdom exploded into a clash with the law, Matthias had become a national scandal.

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The book reads much like a novel....The authors relate this offbeat tale like the good storytellers they are, sqeezing the story out of a number of sources in a creative and imaginative way. * Read more...

 
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