Biblia Americana, Volume 1: Genesis
Smolinski, Reiner, editor
Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010 pp. 1400. $250.00
Description: Cotton Mather, one of the leading intellectuals of colonial America, has often been overshadowed by his younger Puritan contemporary, Jonathan Edwards. Now, however, the publication of this first edition of Mather's magnum opus in the area of biblical knowledge focuses fresh attention on early New England's second most prodigious intellect. Mather's commentary takes the form of questions and answers on the whole biblical canon. The edition, prepared by an international team of experts in early American studies, will consist of ten volumes published over the course of a decade. This first volume introduces the project and offers Mather's comments on Genesis. This work will be treasured by students of American church history, colonial-era Puritanism, Christian responses to the Enlightenment, American intellectual development, and the history of biblical interpretation. It is a must-have acquisition for research libraries covering these disciplines.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature
Review by Mark Elliott
Citation: Mark Elliott, review of Cotton Mather; Reiner Smolinski, ed., Biblia Americana, Volume 1: Genesis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
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