Eventually, he came to regard Christianity as the Devil's work, and his philosophy was full of anti-woman hatred.
His story, the authors note, influenced Herman Melville, and shows parallels with other outsider religions and cults.
However, the prosecution had only a flimsy case, and the jury found Matthews not guilty of murder, but guilty of assault for beating his daughterand so Matthews served four months in prison.
Matthews convinced a wealthy couple, Benjamin and Ann Folger, of his prophethood, and soon he established a community at the Folger home in Sing Sing, which he called "Mount Zion. Pierson died and Matthews was tried and acquitted of his murder, then wandered west, where the early Mormons also refugees from New York found him too extreme.And that was before he met Matthews, who had by then cast off his original family to become a Hebrew prophet of religious freedom, complete with the indispensable doctrine of this kind of cult, the spiritual as opposed to civil marriage divinely inspired. Upon his release from prison later in , Matthews traveled through Ohio , and on 9 November of that year he paid a visit to Joseph Smith under the pseudonym "Joshua the Jewish Minister. In both of his parents died, leaving him along with his four brothers and five sisters to the care of kin and neighbors. During this time Matthews made occasional visits to New York and soon met his wife, Margaret, whom he married in While the epilogue did serve t My son was assigned this book for a college course and asked me to read it as well so that we could discuss it. Matthias, found guilty on a lesser charge, later disappeared. The Kingdom of Matthias scandal is noteworthy for sparking the "penny press" newspapers, with their obsession with crime and scandal, a tradition that continues to this day with such periodicals as National Enquirer. Having to remember back to all their parts in the story to get a better understanding of who they were back then was not an easy task because they were a side character in the book. He was finally brought down by trumped murder charges, but escaped conviction, it seems, only because his wife managed to hire one of NYC's leading criminal lawyers. Astonishing tale. Matthews, along with his servant Isabella later known as Sojourner Truth , was accused of murdering Pierson, but was acquitted. The authors don't mention the historical figure until the epilogue. Matthews and Ann fell for each other, and Matthews proclaimed Ann as the "Mother" of the kingdom. It is really an astonishing tale that says much about the Second Great Awakening and America in the early 19th century.
The authors don't mention the historical figure until the epilogue. The Kingdom of Matthias scandal is noteworthy for sparking the "penny press" newspapers, with their obsession with crime and scandal, a tradition that continues to this day with such periodicals as National Enquirer.
Shelves: historyreligion My son was assigned this book for a college course and asked me to read it as well so that we could discuss it. Matthias, however, lived extravagantly, and stole a follower's wife.