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Jake Griesel


I am a doctoral candidate in Historical Theology at Cambridge. I hold a Peterhouse Research Studentship, and am studying under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Stephen Hampton. My research at Cambridge focuses on John Edwards (1637-1716) as a champion of Reformed Orthodoxy within the Church of England during the late Stuart period, with particular attention to Edwards’ polemical disputes with his Arminian and 'Latitudinarian' Church of England colleagues.

Prior to coming to Cambridge in Michaelmas Term 2016, I completed my M.Th in 2015 at the Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, where I was supervised by Prof. Adriaan C. Neele (Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University). In 2016, I also completed my B.A. Honours in Latin at the University of the Free State as well as the Davenant Latin Institute’s Advanced Early Modern Theological Latin Course. I hail from a sheep-farming family in rural central South Africa, and am happily married to Daleen.

Subject area and speciality

History of Christianity specialists:

They Speak Not the Language of Their Mother: John Edwards (1637-1716), Reformed Polemics, and the Case for Anglican Orthodoxy

Research Interests

Post-Reformation studies in general, but particularly:

  • Dutch Reformed High Orthodoxy and the Nadere Reformatie
  • English Puritanism
  • The Reformed tradition within the Church of England
  • Seventeenth-century Reformed theological links between the Netherlands and England/Scotland