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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), an ardent defender of Reformed Orthodoxy, and his position or location within the Church of England during the late Stuart period, along with the reception of his thought in the Hanoverian Church.

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:

Not All Alone Like Athanasius: John Edwards of Cambridge (1637-1716) and his Location in the Later Stuart Church of England

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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