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Cotton Mather and Biblia Americana--America's First Bible Commentary: Essays in Reappraisal Paperback – July 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana was the first comprehensive Bible commentary composed in America. This volume serves as an essential companion to Biblia Americana as well as a useful resource in its own right. Written by some of the most prominent scholars in the field, these essays offer original, in-depth studies of Mather and his hitherto unpublished scriptural interpretations in the historical context of the early Enlightenment and the rise of Pietism.
Transcending the pejorative image of Puritan witch doctor, Mather emerges from these essays as an erudite scholar and cosmopolitan theologian who was fully immersed in the new developments in biblical exegesis around the turn of the eighteenth century. Whether facing the challenge of historical criticism or examining the meaning of race and gender in the Bible, Mather wrestled with scientific and religious questions that are still relevant today.
Preface by Harry Stout
Introduction by Jan Stievermann
William van Arragon on Mather as an American Elijah
E. Brooks Holifield on abridging Mather
Francis J. Bremer on the ecumenical background
Oliver Scheiding on Mather's transatlantic connections
Adriaan Neele on Peter van Mastricht and Mather
Winton U. Solberg on Mather and the Enlightenment
Michael Dopffel on biblical literalism and scientific inquiry
Paul Wise on empiricism and the invisible world
Rick Kennedy on Mather and commonplace-book historiography
Kenneth P. Minkema on Mather and the Historical Books
Reiner Smolinski on pagan origins in the Pentateuch
Harry Clark Maddux on euhemerism and ancient theology
Stephen J. Stein on comparing Mather and Jonathan Edwards on the Epistle of James
Paul S. Peterson on Christological interpretation of the Shechinah glory
Michael P. Clark on eschatological signs in Mather and Edwards
David Komline on Arianism, William Whiston, and Mather's late eschatology
Helen K. Gelinas on the daughters of Eve and regaining paradise
Robert E. Brown on nature, culture, and gender in Mather's social theology
Jan Stievermann on the genealogy of races and the problem of slavery
About the Author
Reiner Smolinski (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is professor of early American literature at Georgia State University and general editor of Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana. Jan Stievermann (PhD, University of Tübingen) is professor of the history of Christianity in North America at the University of Heidelberg, where he is also coordinator of the Jonathan Edwards Center. He is executive editor of Biblia Americana.