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The Restitution of ‘Adam’s Angelical and Paradisiacal Body’: Jane Lead’s Metaphor of Rebirth and Mystical Marriage

  • Stefania Salvadori
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Part of the Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1500-1800 book series (CTAW)

Abstract

Salvadori examines Lead’s teaching of twofold corporality and argues that it served as the major influence on German radical Pietism. Focusing on Lead’s interpretation of Boehme’s work and reading of the Genesis story, this chapter discusses her teaching concerning the four-stage process of spiritual growth which leads to both physical and spiritual transfiguration. As well as describing the mystical death and resurrection of the new Adam in believers’ souls, Salvadori explores the role of the heavenly Wisdom and of the Bridegroom Christ in preparing and completing the restitution of the paradisiacal perfect body, showing how Lead tried to combine spiritual regeneration and gradual refinement of the new magical body with the corporal earthly life.

Keywords

Human Soul Spiritual Creature True Believer Holy Ghost Divine Essence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefania Salvadori
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  1. 1.Herzog August BibliothekWolfenbüttelGermany

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