About Jake Griesel

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Born in 1989 in Durban, South Africa, I was raised in a godly Dutch Reformed Christian home, but fell away from the Christian faith during my teenage years, being actively rebellious and opposed to Christianity. In my first year (2008) at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein, I was saved by the sovereign grace and redeeming love of Jesus Christ after a car accident which changed my life forever. My life has revolved around theology ever since.

In my third year at university (2010), I left my B.Com Marketing course and started studying theology with the conviction of being called to the ministry, but later also started wrestling with the possibility of being called to the academy (not that the ministry and academy are mutually exclusive!), specializing in historical theology of the Post-Reformation period (late 16th to early 18th centuries). More particularly, my academic (and recreational) interests are Dutch Reformed High Orthodoxy, English Puritanism, the Reformed tradition within the Church of England, and 17th-century Reformed theological links between the Netherlands and England/Scotland.

In 2015 I completed my M.Th in historical theology at the Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa at UFS, under the supervision of Prof. Adriaan C. Neele of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. My thesis focused on the African ex-slave, Leiden University graduate, and Dutch Reformed pastor and missionary, Jacobus Elisa Johannes Capitein (c. 1717-1747), analyzing his work Dissertatio Politico-Theologica de Servitute, Libertati Christianae Non Contraria (Leiden, 1742) in its historical-intellectual context. In 2016 I completed my B.A. Honours in Latin at UFS, as well as the Davenant Latin Institute’s Advanced Early Modern Theological Latin Course. For my Honours degree I did a research project on the Dutch Reformed theologian and longtime Leiden professor Johannes à Marck (1656-1731), which focused on his discussion of the definition and nature of theology.

In October 2016 I started my PhD in historical theology at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where I am supervised by Rev. Dr. Stephen Hampton. My research at Cambridge focuses on John Edwards (1637-1716), a champion of Reformed Orthodoxy within the Church of England during the late Stuart period.

I am what I am by the grace of God (1 Cor. 15:10a).

Soli Deo Gloria!

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