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Jake Griesel


I am a doctoral candidate in Historical Theology. 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 of Cambridge (1637-1716) and the broader Reformed tradition within the later Stuart and early Hanoverian Church of England.

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:

John Edwards of Cambridge (1637-1716) in Historical-Theological Context: A Reappraisal of the Reformed Tradition within the Church of England between the Glorious Revolution and Evangelical Revivals

Research Interests

Post-Reformation studies in general, but particularly:

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


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