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The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia Hardcover – November 30, 2017
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University of Notre Dame
“The astonishing renaissance in study of Jonathan Edwards has very much needed a definitive reference work. This is it. An army of first-rate Edwards scholars has written authoritatively on every angle of his life and thought. The book summarizes, but it should also spur, the best kind of historical and theological scholarship.”
— Grant Wacker
Duke Divinity School
“This remarkable volume of nearly 400 essays tackles a sweeping range of topics related to the life, thought, times, and legacy of America’s most influential theologian. The authors consider important but often-overlooked topics (such as Edwards’s shifting views on aging) and cast new light on often-considered topics (such as Edwards’s Puritan context). The concise bibliographic suggestions at the end of each article are worth the price of admission alone. The word landmark is overused in cover endorsements. In this case, however, no other word adequately conveys the importance of The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia.”
— Margaret Bendroth
Congregational Library & Archives, Boston
“Jonathan Edwards has received his ultimate tribute. This encyclopedia is a proverbial feast of scholarship and erudition, presented to readers in succinct, clear, and manageable bites. It is one of those rare reference works that you long to read from cover to cover.”
— Thomas S. Kidd
“The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia assembles a remarkable cast of Edwards experts, whose entries offer a treasure trove of insights into Edwards’s vast body of work. A fitting monument to Edwards himself, this compendium will be an essential resource for scholars and admirers of this great preacher and theologian.”
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So, when I saw that The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia was released in November 2017, I knew I had to add it to my shelf.
As the title suggests, it really is an encyclopedia of the great preacher of the 18th century. The encyclopedia covers many topics that Edwards himself either wrote about, preached on, or even thought about in his private life.
Some of the topics contributed by many authors around the world include:
I really enjoyed reading this resource! As a student of Edwards and his work, The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia is a reference tool that summarizes much of his work in only a couple of pages for each topic. But, not only does it summarize Edwards view or teaching on a topic like “Adoption”, the entries also point the reader to other sources related to Edwards teaching/view. If you want to understand the mind of Edwards in a brief summary fashion, this is the volume for you!
I highly recommend this work to all! It is a great tool for the Church and it is an easy read that will make the reader want to return to it again and again throughout the years to come.
Some of the topics covered by this volume are: America, Angels, antichrist, Ark of the Covenant, Biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek), Calvinism, crucifixion, Damnation, devils\demons, Charles Finney, Great Awakening, Islam, pagans, slavery, and John Wesley.
Jonathan understood things that modern Christians deal with too, he gives a description of how people’s hearts are moved when God touches them and they are engaged spiritually and they encounter God supernaturally. The topic of “Affections” deals a lot with the “Great Awakenings” of the time and how Jonathan felt that a truly regenerated person would demonstrate a change by living a truly virtuous life wherein they seek to glorify God and not a temporary change.
This book will give you a thorough theological education if you read it a section at a time and reflect on its truths.
Some of the topics discussed relate to the time period in which Jonathan lived, such as the section on America and Anti-Catholicism and other topics, which the reader will easily recognize.
Enjoy this book and its divine truths and accounts of how to live to please God and glorify Him!