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The Petitions Of 'A Supposed Prophetesse.' The Lubeck Letters Of Anna Walker And Their Significance For The Synod Of Dordt. A Linguistic And Contextual Analysis

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This chapter provides an account of Anna Walkers visit to Lübeck in 1616, and its implications for her appearance at the Synod of Dordt. First, it comprises a lexical and orthographical analysis of the sources relevant to the incident; a series of letters written to local authorities by the prophetess herself. Next, the chapter talks about the unusual nature of Walkers style. It presents an analysis of the teachings and ideas contained in Walkers Lübeck writings. In these texts, Walker propounded a radical chiliasm that, similar to her language, betrays the influence of several interlocking sources, as well as evidence of Walkers own fertile and creative prophetic imagination. Finally, the chapter addresses the question of whether or not the prophecies and opinions she made in Lübeck in 1616 had anything to do with those that she propagated at the Synod of Dordt, scarcely two years later.

Keywords: Anna Walker; Lübeck letters; synod of Dordt



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