Document Type

Review

Date of this Version

2008

Publication Source

Middle East Journal

Volume

62

Issue

4

Start Page

734

Last Page

735

DOI

10.3751/64.2.3

Abstract

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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Copyright © 2008 Middle East Institute

Comments

Heather J. Sharkey's review of American Priestess: The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem by Jane Fletcher Geniesse.

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Date Posted: 16 October 2015

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