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To express the ineffable : the hymns and spirituality of anne steele /
Cynthia Aalders.
imprint
Eugene, Or. : Wipf & Stock, 2008.
description
xix, 211 p. : ill., map, facsim., genealogical table ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1606086006, 9781606086001
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imprint
Eugene, Or. : Wipf & Stock, 2008.
isbn
1606086006
9781606086001
general note
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph.D.)-- Regent College, Vancouver.
Previously printed by Paternoster, 2008.
catalogue key
7626586
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-202) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Cynthia Y. Aalders received her BSc from The King's University College, Edmonton, Canada, and her MCS and ThM from Regent College. She currently lives in Vancouver, and is Director of Admissions at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada.
Summaries
Main Description
Anne Steele (1717-1778) was one of the most well-known and best-loved hymn-writers of the eighteenth century, and her hymns remained exceedingly popular until late in the nineteenth century, being reprinted regularly in hymnbooks throughout Britain and North America. She was the first major woman hymn-writer as well as the most popular Baptist hymn-writer in the history of the church. Despite this, she has been largely neglected as a subject of academic enquiry until now. This book aims to elucidate Steele's spirituality and to clarify her unique contribution to eighteenth-century hymnody. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, setting Steele's devotional expression in its theological, literary, and historical contexts, and providing comparison to other eighteenth-century figures. It uses archival sources to reconstruct her life and work, offers a close reading of her verse, and concludes that Steele made a significant and as yet underrated contribution to eighteenth-century devotional expression.
Main Description
Anne Steele (1717-1778) was one of the most well-known and best-loved hymn-writers of the eighteenth century, and her hymns remained exceedingly popular until late in the nineteenth century, being reprinted regularly in hymnbooks throughout Britain and North America. She was the first major woman hymn-writer as well as the most popular Baptist hymn-writer in the history of the church. Despite this, she has been largely neglected as a subject of academic enquiry until now. This book aims to elucidate Steele's spirituality and to clarify her unique contribution to eighteenth-century hymnody. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, setting Steele's devotional expression in its theological, literary, and historical contexts, and providing comparison to other eighteenth-century figures. It uses archival sources to reconstruct her life and work, offers a close reading of her verse, and concludes that Steele made a significant and as yet underrated contribution to eighteenth-century devotional expression. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xiii
Figuresp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Sources and Methodp. 4
A Biographical Sketch of Anne Steelep. 8
Family Lifep. 10
Church Lifep. 13
Education and Intellectual Stimulusp. 17
Social Stimulation and Supportp. 20
Steele as Published Writerp. 23
"Sacred Poesy....in the Service of Religion": Anne Steele and Eighteenth-Century Hymnodyp. 29
The Hymn as Literature and Theologyp. 31
Anne Steele's Contemporariesp. 36
Isaac Wattsp. 37
Charles Wesleyp. 43
William Cowperp. 47
Elizabeth Singer Rowe and Anne Duttonp. 51
Baptist Hymnodyp. 57
"How Shall These Poor Languid Powers... / Display the Grace My Soul Adores?": Anne Steele and the Problem of Languagep. 66
Anne Steele on Writing and Languagep. 67
Ineffability in Literature and Theologyp. 79
Ineffability and Anne Steelep. 82
Tracing the Theme of Ineffability in Anne Steele's Hymnsp. 92
The Inexpressible and Silencep. 99
"Depress'd By Pain and Sickness, All My Powers / Are Dull and Languid": Anne Steele and the Problem of Sufferingp. 102
Anne Steele on Suffering and the Silence of Godp. 103
Incomprehensibility and Anne Steelep. 114
Tracing the Theme of Incomprehensibility in Anne Steele's Hymnsp. 123
The Incomprehensible and Silencep. 131
"Teach the Breathings of My Heart / Dependence and Desire": Anne Steele's Faith in an Ineffable Godp. 136
Anne Steele and Resignationp. 136
Anne Steele and Longingp. 149
Tracing the Themes of Resignation and Longing in Anne Steele's Hymnsp. 159
The Word Breaks the Silencep. 168
Conclusionp. 172
Appendicesp. 178
Anne Steele's Family Treep. 178
A Chronology of Anne Steele's Lifep. 180
Anne Steele's Readingp. 183
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 203
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