When the Baptist movement began four centuries ago, revolutionary forces had destabilized the centers of social control that had long kept women in their place. In the early seventeenth century, Baptist women began to speak their minds. Through their prophetic writings, these women came to exercise considerable influence and authority among the early churches. When Baptists became more institutionalized later in the century, the egalitarian distinction dissipated and women's voices again, for a long history, were silenced. However, long ago, in early Baptist life in England, women did preach--well and often. In A Company of Women Preachers , Curtis Freeman collects and presents a critical edition of these prophetic women's texts, retrieving their voices so that their messages and contributions to the tradition may once again be recognized.
Curtis W. Freeman is Research Professor of Theology and Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Preface Introduction: Preaching Women among Early Baptists 1 Katherine Chidley The Justification of the Independant Churches of Christ (1641) 2 Sarah Wight The Exceeding Riches of Grace Advanced (1647) 3 Elizabeth Poole An Alarum of War, Given to the Army (1649) Another Alarum of War, Given to the Army (1649) 4 Jane Turner Choice Experiences of the Kind Dealings of God (1653) 5 Anna Trapnel: The Cry of a Stone (1654) Report and Plea, or, A Narrative of Her Journey (1654) A Legacy for Saints (1654) 6 Katherine Sutton A Christian Woman's Experiences of the Glorious Working of God's Free Grace (1663) 7 Anne Wentworth A True Account of Anne Wentworths (1676) A Vindication of Anne Wentworth (1677) The Revelation of Jesus Christ (1679) Englands Spiritual Pill (c. 1679) Bibliography Scripture Index Index of Names and Subjects