The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 14

Volume 14: Sermons and Discourses, 1723-1729

Jonathan Edwards; Edited by Kenneth P. Minkema

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January 31, 1997
590 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
5 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300068412
Cloth

This book presents previously unpublished manuscript sermons from a crucial yet little-known period in Edwards's life: the years between the completion of his Master's degree at Yale College and the death of Solomon Stoddard, his famous grandfather and predecessor at Northampton, Massachusetts. These sermons, constituting the second in a projected series of six sermon volumes, highlight the intellectual and professional development of the young Edwards through his pastorate at Bolton, Connecticut, his Yale tutorship, and his colleagueship at Northampton.

In his introduction, Kenneth P. Minkema weaves together the details of Edwards's emerging career with the concerns expressed in the sermons. He shows how Edwards addressed local and provincial concerns as well as the great theological debates of his day, and how he struggled to work out the implications of his innovative concept of "excellency" and to develop his definition of conversion as a "spiritual light."

From these sermons emerges an unparalleled portrait of a rapidly maturing Edwards seeking to give shape to his theological vision.

Kenneth P. Minkema is executive editor of The Works of Jonathan Edwards.

"The Jonathan Edwards Project is the first of its kind—a comprehensive, exhaustive effort to produce an online archive of all of Edwards' sermons, treatises, letters and musings to serve the needs of anyone who cares to know the man. To date, no other university or institute has attempted to transcribe, computerize and then post online the complete works of any one historical figure. . . . Though he may never attain the rock-star status of George Washington, with the Yale project, Edwards will live forever.—Adrian Brune, Hartford Courant

"The collection is essential for students of Edwards and his times."—Gordon S. Wakefield, Theological Book Review

"Each sermon in the volume proceeds from a mind and pen of extraordinary lucidity, force, and intelligence. . . . It will be the forthcoming sermon volumes in the Works that will give readers the mature and authoritative Edwards who establishes himself as a renowned and confident pastor, revivalist, and theologian. The encouraging news for scholars and students of Edwards is that work on [his] next four volumes is moving ahead full speed."—Helen Westra, Calvin Theological Journal

"The sermons in this volume are skillfully edited and annotated by Kenneth P. Minkema, the executive director of The Works of Jonathan Edwards. Dr. Minkema's unsurpassed facility with Edwards's manuscripts is clearly displayed in each of these texts."—Ava Chamberlain, Church History

"This is a series of rich meditations, preceded by an illuminating introduction to the whole set plus prefaces to each sermon. Recommended for all scholarly collections."—Religious Studies Review

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