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Belle Cora

A Novel

By Phillip Margulies

Belle Cora
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2014,
    608 pages.
    Paperback: 7 Oct 2014,
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Millerism

Belle's aunt and uncle followed the preachings of William Miller, a New York farmer and the founder of Millerism. They believed Miller's prophecy that Jesus would return to earth in 1844.

William Miller Miller's idea was not profound - or original. The notion of the Second Coming is a core tenet of Christianity. Though the idea is central, the interpretation and definition of the Second Coming has not always been agreed upon by Church leaders and theologians. The early Christians read much of the bible, including the Book of Revelations' prophecy about Jesus's return, as allegorical, an interpretation that dominated Christian thinking until the Protestant Reformation. The Protestants, however, believed that the prophecies were literal. For example, they theorized that the 1,260 days described in chapter 12 of Revelations stood for 1,260 years of Christian history. Provided a beginning date could be identified, it might be possible to calculate the end date, determining an exact Second Coming....

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