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A "Remarkable Female Of Womankind": Gender, Scripture, And Knowledge In The Writings Of M. Marsin

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Between 1694 and 1701, a woman of some means produced at least fifteen theological tracts, many of which appeared in two or more editions, and some of which exceeded one hundred pages in length. In fact, Marsin began to write in 1694, following a series of earthquakes and volcanic explosions, which had shaken the territories of South Italy in the previous year, and the island of Jamaica in June 1692. The reports from Jamaica and Italy particularly those relating to volcanic activity, which seemed to her to portend the opening of hell convinced M. Marsin of the imminent second coming of Christ. The sealed book of Revelation 5 is a continuous theme in Marsin’s writings, and it is clear that she considers herself the eschatological instrument of its opening. Her theological identity is ultimately Gnostic, and more spiritualist than she would admit.

Keywords: Jamaica; M. Marsin; Revelation 5; South Italy; spiritualist; volcanic explosions



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