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Margaret Fell and the End of Time
The Theology of the Mother of Quakerism

By Sally Bruyneel

Margaret Fell and the End of Time
Hardback, 227 pages $39.95
Published: 12th January 2010
ISBN: 9781602580626
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Religious Studies, All Theology, Historical Theology

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.




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 Fell’s 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: Women’s Equality and Peace Testimony

Concluding Remarks


Scripture Index

Index of Names

Index of Doctrine

"This book puts Margaret Fell onto the map of scholarship as a sophisticated and innovative thinker. Engaging the primary material that has previously been neglected by scholars, Sally Bruyneel makes Fell's work accessible to scholars interested in Quaker traditions, women's history, and the history of Christian thought."

—Ellen M. Ross, Associate Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College

"An unprecedented interpretation of Fell as a theological thinker. Sally Bruyneel highlights both Fell’s departures from and points of convergence with Protestant and Reformed theology. This is a significant project."

—Thomas D. Hamm, Professor and Archivist, Earlham College

“This book finally brings to the fore the highly significant theological contribution of Margaret Fell to the early Quaker movement. It is a gift of fine scholarship for all those interested in Quaker theological identity."

—Ben Pink Dandelion, Honorary Professor in Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham

"Illuminating. Bruyneel establishes the coherence of Margaret Fell's thinking and her importance in Quaker history while bringing new light to her still pertinent criticisms of ecclesiastical institutions and those who represent them: 'Realized' eschatology, mission to the Jews, the changing position of women, and the development of Quaker peace testimony—all of which remain pertinent topics in present-day theology."

—Ann Loades CBE, Professorial Fellow, St Chad's College, and Emerita Professor of Divinity, University of Durham UK

Sally Bruyneel is Instructor in the Department of History and Theology, Luther Seminary, and the Department of Religion, Augsburg College.  She is co-author of Introducing Christianity.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 227 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL067000, REL088000
 Baylor University Press

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