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Jake Griesel

Biography:

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): A Reassessment of his Location within the Later Stuart Church of England

College

Peterhouse:
PhD candidate

Research Interests

I have a broad interest in Protestant theology and church history between the Reformation and the Enlightenment (c. 1560 - c. 1750), but more particularly in post-Reformation Reformed orthodoxy and its development in England and the Netherlands:

  • Reformed scholastic theology
  • The Reformed tradition within the Church of England between the Restoration and the evangelical revivals
  • Dutch Reformed orthodoxy and the Nadere Reformatie
  • English Puritanism
  • Early modern Reformed theological links between the Netherlands and England/Scotland
  • Early modern centres of Reformed theology in England and the Netherlands - Cambridge, Oxford, Leiden, Utrecht, Groningen, Franeker

Teaching

  • Latin Tutor, Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa (January 2014 - November 2014)

Other Professional Activities

  • Contributing Editor, Post-Reformation Digital Library (2018 - present)
  • Fellow, Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship, Theologische Universiteit Kampen, Kampen, Netherlands (2018)
  • Coordinator of monthly primary source reading meetings, Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa (2013 - 2015)
  • Digital Research Editor, Post-Reformation Digital Library project, a project of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research of Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, USA in collaboration with the Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa (May 2014 - August 2014)
  • Administrative Assistant, Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa (July 2013 - December 2013)
  • Portfolio: Academics, Sola Gratia, Faculty of Theology Student Committee, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa (2011 - 2012)

Professional affiliations

  • Ecclesiastical History Society
  • Society for Reformation Studies

Collaborators

Key Publications

Unpublished dissertations

  • ‘Johannes à Marck (1656-1731) on the Definition and Nature of Theology’. B.A. Hons Dissertation, University of the Free State. 2016.
  • ‘Jacobus Elisa Johannes Capitein (c. 1717-1747): The Dissertatio Politico-Theologica de Servitute, Libertati Christianæ Non Contraria in Historical-Intellectual Context’. M.Th Dissertation, University of the Free State. 2015.

Conference papers presented

  • ‘Claiming the Reformation for the Reformed cause: John Edwards of Cambridge (1637-1716) and the battle for Church of England orthodoxy’, Remembering the Reformation Symposium, Lambeth Palace, London, United Kingdom, 25 October 2018.
  • ‘More than an Uncle Tom: Reconsidering Jacobus Elisa Johannes Capitein (c. 1717-47) and his defence of slavery’, Early Modern History Graduate Seminar, King’s College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 8 October 2018.
  • ‘"That noble champion for the doctrines of grace": The reception of the works of John Edwards of Cambridge (1637-1716) among eighteenth-century evangelicals’, Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship, Theologische Universiteit Kampen, Kampen, Netherlands, 20 June 2018.
  • ‘George Whitefield (1714-1770) and his Calvinism in the context of Oxford's post-Restoration conforming Reformed tradition’, Ecclesiastical History Society Winter Meeting, Institute of Historical Research, London, United Kingdom, 20 January 2018.
  • ‘John Edwards of Cambridge (1637-1716): An Introduction’, Latimer Trust Theological Working Group, Oak Hill College, London, United Kingdom, 19 December 2017.

Book reviews

  • Jay T. Collier, Debating Perseverance: The Augustinian Heritage in Post-Reformation England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). Reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly (forthcoming).

Moodle

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