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The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation in 19th-Century America Paperback – April 2, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0199892495 ISBN-10: 0199892490 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199892490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199892495
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."--Journal of Social History


"A history book that reads like a novel of suspense and intrique...it affords us a rare glimpse into a much-misunderstood time."--WORLD


"Johnson and Wilentz successfully anchor their narrative in the religious and economic history of the early nineteenth century."--American Historical Review


"The story is an inherently engrossing one, and its retelling will be of direct value to scholars of the history of communitarianism and of alternative religions. The scholarship here...is impressive; the authors have come up with remarkable detailed sources for a story so seemingly marginal and so long past. But even more impressive is their ability to tell an engrossing story in language at once scholarly and as compelling as that of a good novel."--Utopian Studies


"This interesting and informative examination of an early religious cult will be a definite asset for anyone doing research on the history of cults."--KLIATT, November 1995


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Paul E. Johnson is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of South Carolina and is the author of numerous books, including Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper and A Shopkeeper's Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837.

Sean Wilentz is George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University. He is the author of Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788-1950 and The Rise of Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, among other titles.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K_Love on November 12, 2012
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We read this book as part of our segment on microhistories in a graduate-level historiography course. This book is fascinating. It's well-written and engaging, focusing on the bat-crazy tribulations of Matthias - the Prophet of the Jews. Situating his absurdity within the religious revivalism of the Great Awakening, Johnson and Wilentz describe how Matthis built a cult in New York in which wives were swapped, women were beaten, and an already sick man was poisoned and left for dead. It has all the makings of a penny press thriller with the historiographical rigor to back it up.

This is absolutely a book you do not want to miss. MAKE SURE to read all the way to the end because you're in for the most surprising twist ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Lee on March 13, 2014
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This is an amazing book - a true story about a long-forgotten part of our religious culture. Although the author is, quite frankly, terribly wrong at some significant points (for example, he truly doesn't comprehend the nature or the specific delineations and elements of Calvinism, which provides a pivotal vantage point in a portion of his telling of the story), it is generally an important work in understanding the cults that arose in the Northeastern part of America in the 19th century.

With the understanding that the author does not have the market cornered on knowing Calvinism, and therefore his opinions are highly suspect any time Calvinism is mentioned - even obliquely - it is still an excellent work, so long as you know that the author's presuppositional commitments in that area are likely wrong, or mistaken, or simply miss the mark entirely on that aspect.

There are some points at which our knee-jerk reaction to the main character in this true-life play would be suspected of mental illness, his is not totally a unique or singular type of craziness for the time, and especially less crazy than the strange twists that Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War, Edwin M Stanton, took. While Stanton did not record that he believed he and Jesus, or God the Father, or the Holy Spirit had daily chit-chats (and "Matthias" did), at least "Matthias" allowed his beloved dead wife to be buried, and didn't keep her in his bedroom. On balance - or unbalance - "Matthias " DID expect Jesus to restore her to life any minute. Stanton, on the other hand, was creepy crazy.

Rather than spoil it for you, take the time and the little bit of money it costs, and get this book. You'll be glad you did.

(I'm aware of the tenets of Calvinism, for I've been one for 43 years; taught in Calvinist or Reformed churches; and am theologically trained on a post-secondary educational level in that field of study.)
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By J. on August 17, 2014
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Robert Mathews, AKA Matthias, would be laughed off the streets and into a mental asylum somewhere in Florida today, only to be shoved onto a bus with a one-way ticket to California, of course . . . but then, back in the early 1800's the usual flock of gullible people follows this raving idiot. So much for the title character. What this book has going for it is how free religion life was in the early 19th century USA, without having to deal with the big picture issues of the day, like slavery, tariffs, banking, Monroe Doctrine, etc. etc. . . . just the bible-thumpers, tabloid stars of their day, and how the oh so holy leaders seem to get God or whoever super spiritual talking to them without anybody else around, and then getting those everybody elses to believe them . . . then living off the believers, what a racket. Even to this day, amazing.
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By Trishal Varma on April 9, 2014
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great condition, the book is great, and I just finished reading it. I would love to buy form here again.
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