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Jonathan Edwards and Scripture: Biblical Exegesis in British North America
Barshinger, David P. and Douglas A. Sweeney, editors

New York: Oxford University Press, 2018 pp. xiv + 276. $35.00

Description: For too long, scholars have published new research on Edwards without paying due attention to the work he took most seriously: biblical exegesis. Edwards is recognized as an innovative theologian who wielded tremendous influence on revivalism, evangelicalism, and New England theology. What is often missed is how much time he devoted to studying and understanding the Bible. He kept voluminous notebooks on Scripture and died with unrealized plans for major treatises on the Bible. More and more experts now recognize the importance of this aspect of his life; this book brings together the insights of leading Edwards scholars on this topic. The essays in Jonathan Edwards and Scripture set Edwards' engagement with Scripture in the context of seventeenth-century Protestant exegesis and eighteenth-century colonial interpretation. They provide case studies of Edwards' exegesis in varying genres of the Bible and probe his use of Scripture to develop theology. The authors also set his biblical interpretation in perspective by comparing it with that of other exegetes. This book advances our understanding of the nature and significance of Edwards' work with Scripture and opens new lines of inquiry for students of early modern Western history. Contributors include David P. Barshinger, Robert E. Brown, James P. Byrd, Ava Chamberlain, Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe, Ryan P. Hoselton, David W. Kling, Michael J. McClymond, Gerald R. McDermott, Kenneth P. Minkema, Adriaan C. Neele, Stephen R. C. Nichols, Mark A. Noll, Stephen J. Stein, Jan Stievermann, and Douglas A. Sweeney.

Subjects: Methods, Reception History

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Review by Jeffrey L. Morrow
Published 1/9/2020
Citation: Jeffrey L. Morrow, review of David P. Barshinger and Douglas A. Sweeney, eds., Jonathan Edwards and Scripture: Biblical Exegesis in British North America, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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