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Middle East Journal
In this riveting account, Jane Fletcher Geniesse tells the story of Horatio Spafford and his Norwegian-born wife Anna, who arrived in Jerusalem in 1881 as leaders of a small group of Chicagoans known as the "Overcomers." The group's ostensible goal was to witness the second coming of Christ, though the Spaffords themselves had another purpose. Horatio had squandered $100,000 of his own and others' money; he was fleeing from debt and the law. In time, Anna Spafford presided over the creation of a Jerusalem commune that became known as the "American Colony," even though many of those who joined were Swedes.
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Sharkey, H. J. (2008). American Priestess: The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem [Review]. Middle East Journal, 62 (4), 734-735. http://dx.doi.org/10.3751/64.2.3
Date Posted: 16 October 2015
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