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The Philadelphians (from Greek philadelphía, “brother-love”) were a visionary, eschatological movement of mystical spiritualists in the 17th and 18th centuries. The name recalls the congregation of Philadelphia in the Book of Revelation (Rev 3:7) and the associated eschatological hope for a worldwide, trans-confessional community of “true” Christians. The mystic Jane Lead(e), along with Francis Lee and Richard Roach, founded what later became the “Philadelphian Society” in London in 1694. The term Philadelp…

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Meier, Marcus, “Philadelphians”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025507>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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