Margaret Fell and the End of Time offers an unprecedented interpretation of the life and theology of one of the central figures of the seventeenth-century Quaker movement. While Fell has been the subject of some historical research, until this book she had not been studied as a religious author or theologian in her own right. Taking her seriously as a prophetic and practical theologian, Sally Bruyneel systematically analyzes Fell's writings on both Quaker and orthodox Christian subjects, ranging from the Inward Light to eschatology to the Trinity. In doing so she demonstrates that Fell was deeply influenced by Biblical apocalyptic literature and the strong eschatological expectations of her time--which became central to her work with the Jews, for her defense of the spirituality equality of women, and for her promotion of the Quaker testimony of peace.
Sally Bruyneel is Instructor in the Department of History and Theology, Luther Seminary, and the Department of Religion, Augsburg College. She is the co-author of Introducing Christianity. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. Margaret Fell: A Brief Overview of Her Life and Work Chapter 2. A Measure of the Times Chapter 3. The Kingdom of Light: Margaret Fellas Theology and Eschatology Chapter 4. A Salutation to the Seed of Abraham: Margaret Fell, Quaker Evangelism and the Jews Chapter 5. Living in the Last Days: Womenas Equality and Peace Testimony Concluding Remarks Bibliography Scripture Index Index of Names Index of Doctrine