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The Life of Lady Johanna Eleonora Petersen, Written by Herself
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The Life of Lady Johanna Eleonora Petersen, Written by Herself: Pietism and Women's Autobiography in Seventeenth-Century Germany

Johanna Eleonora Petersen

Abstract

In a time when the Pauline dictum decreed that women be silent in matters of the Church, Johanna Eleonora Petersen (1644–1724) was a pioneering author of religious books, insisting on her right to speak out as a believer above her male counterparts. Publishing her readings of the Gospels and the Book of Revelation, as well as her thoughts on theology in general, Petersen and her writings created controversy, especially in orthodox circles, and she became a voice for the radical Pietists—those most at odds with Lutheran ministers and their teachings. But she defended her lay religious calling a ... More

Keywords: Pauline dictum, Johanna Eleonora Petersen, radical Pietists, Gospels, Book of Revelation, Lutheranism, laity, Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226662985
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226663005.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johanna Eleonora Petersen, author