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Jane Lead and the tradition of puritan pastoral theology

Capern, Amanda L.


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Dr Amanda Capern
Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Women's History


A Hessayon


Capern argues that Jane Lead and the Philadelphians were part of a continuous, evolutionary tradition of transatlantic radical Calvinist Protestantism. Jane Lead’s works are compared with those of Eleanor Davies to suggest that the pastoral imperative of puritan and dissenting Protestant nonconformity led to emphasis on the ideas of John the Baptist, the Noahic covenant and the operation of the Holy Spirit in salvation. Lead’s household worship and feminine spirituality took millenarian thinking towards a new spatial and sensate imagining of the last days. Lead’s eschatology also moved beyond Behmenism to foreshadow ideas about the invisible church later seen in Jane Wardley, Ann Lee and the Shakers. Jane Lead was, therefore, crucial in the shift from a logocentric to an experiential Calvinist puritanism.


Capern, A. L. (2016). Jane Lead and the tradition of puritan pastoral theology. In A. Hessayon (Ed.), Jane Lead and her Transnational Legacy (91-117). Palgrave Macmillan.

Online Publication Date Jun 26, 2016
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date Jun 2, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jun 27, 2019
Journal Jane Lead and her transnational legacy
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 91-117
Series Title Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1500-1800
Book Title Jane Lead and her Transnational Legacy
Chapter Number 5
ISBN 9781137396136
Keywords Jane Lead, Puritanism
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Contract Date Jun 2, 2017


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