"The Dying Mother:" Historical Citations of Mary Goffe's Seventeenth-Century Near-Death Apparition

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Abstract: Traditionally, certain cases have been of particular importance to students of near-death phenomena. Such cases are more than mere examples or research data; they are resources that are generally used to defend particular theoretical ideas, such as the projection of the spirit or of some subtle body from the physical body around the time of death. One such case was that of Mary Goffe, a seventeenth-century apparition of a dying woman that Richard Baxter reported in his book "The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits" (1691). This paper includes a reprint of the original case report and a discussion ... continued below

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Alvarado, Carlos S. Autumn 2010.

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Abstract: Traditionally, certain cases have been of particular importance to students of near-death phenomena. Such cases are more than mere examples or research data; they are resources that are generally used to defend particular theoretical ideas, such as the projection of the spirit or of some subtle body from the physical body around the time of death. One such case was that of Mary Goffe, a seventeenth-century apparition of a dying woman that Richard Baxter reported in his book "The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits" (1691). This paper includes a reprint of the original case report and a discussion of how later writers used the case to defend the idea that something may leave the body during near-death states.

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"[The Journal of Near-Death Studies] is the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal (ISSN 0891-4494) devoted exclusively to the field of near-death studies. It is cross-disciplinary and published quarterly."

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  • Journal of Near-Death Studies, 29(1), International Association for Near-Death Studies, Fall 2010, pp. 241-253

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  • OCLC: 14781775 | External Link
  • ISSN: 0891-4494
  • Library of Congress Control Number: 88-648131
  • Library of Congress Control Number: sn 86-2701
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc461739

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  • Publication Title: Journal of Near-Death Studies
  • Volume: 29
  • Issue: 1
  • Page Start: 241
  • Page End: 253
  • Pages: 13

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Journal of Near-Death Studies

The Journal of Near-Death Studies is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal devoted to the field of near-death studies. It is published on a quarterly basis by the International Association for Near-Death Studies. The Journal began publication in 1982 under the name Anabiosis which was changed to its current title in 1986 with the start of Volume 6.

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Alvarado, Carlos S. "The Dying Mother:" Historical Citations of Mary Goffe's Seventeenth-Century Near-Death Apparition, article, Autumn 2010; Durham, North Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc461739/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .