Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the…

Hardcover | December 1, 2015

byDouglas A. Sweeney

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Scholars have long recognized that Jonathan Edwards loved the Bible, but preoccupation with his roles in Western "public" life and letters has eclipsed the significance of his biblical exegesis. In Edwards the Exegete, Douglas A. Sweeney fills this lacuna, exploring Edwards' exegesis and itssignificance for Christian thought and intellectual history. As Sweeney shows, throughout Edwards' life the lion's share of his time was spent wrestling with the words of holy writ. After reconstructing Edwards' lost exegetical world and describing his place within it, Sweeney summarizes his four main approaches to the Bible-canonical, Christological,redemptive - historical, and pedagogical - and analyzes his work on selected biblical themes that illustrate these four approaches, focusing on material emblematic of Edwards' larger interests as a scholar. Sweeney compares Edwards' work to that of his most frequent interlocutors and places it inthe context of the history of exegesis, challenging commonly held notions about the state of Christianity in the age of the Enlightenment. Edwards the Exegete offers a novel guide to the theologian's exegetical work, clearing a path that other specialists are sure to follow. Sweeney's significant reassessment of Edwards' place in the Enlightenment makes a major contribution to Edwards studies, eighteenth-century studies, the history ofexegesis, the theological interpretation of Scripture, and homiletics.

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Scholars have long recognized that Jonathan Edwards loved the Bible, but preoccupation with his roles in Western "public" life and letters has eclipsed the significance of his biblical exegesis. In Edwards the Exegete, Douglas A. Sweeney fills this lacuna, exploring Edwards' exegesis and itssignificance for Christian thought and intell...

Douglas A. Sweeney is Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought, Chair of the Department, and Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has published widely on Edwards, early modern Protestant thought, and the history of evangelicalism. His books include two volumes in the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 9.29 × 5.98 × 1.3 inPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePART ONE: PROLEGOMENA1. The Biblical World of Jonathan Edwards2. The Character of Scripture - and of Its Best InterpretersPART TWO: A CANON OF SCRIPTURE3. The Harmony of the Old and New Testament4. A Priest Forever After the Order of MelchisedecPART THREE: A CRADLE OF CHRIST5. The Excellency of Christ6. Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His MouthPART FOUR: A SACRED RECORD OF REDEMPTION7. The Grand Design of God8. Things Which Must Shortly Come to PassPART FIVE: A GUIDE TO FAITH AND LIFE9. The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth10. Accounted as One by the JudgeLast Things

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"This study fills a significant lacuna. Much has been written about Edwards' life and times, his theology, and philosophy. But so far we did not have a comprehensive study of what Edwards himself would have regarded as the foundation of everything else: his biblical exegesis. Drawing widelyfrom the Edwards corpus, Sweeney offers us a highly learned and nuanced but also very readable account of Edwards' multifaceted engagement with Scripture in the context of the early Enlightenment." --Jan Stievermann, Professor of the History of Christianity in the U.S., Heidelberg University