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The Kingdom of Matthias

Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz


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. This book recaptures ... More

Keywords: 1834, New York, rumors, religious cult, Matthias, Second Great Awakening, evangelical

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195098358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul E. Johnson, author
University of Utah

Sean Wilentz, author
Princeton University