"Recovering the Lost World of Jonathan Edwards' Exegesis"
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:00 pm
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Chair of Church History & History of Christian Thought Department
Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought
Director, Jonathan Edwards Center
Scholars have not come close to understanding the ways in which Edwards' life was animated by Scripture, his chief preoccupation. His exegetical world has disappeared from most maps of early modern cultural life. Although we know a great deal now about his ethics, metaphysics, Calvinism, and aesthetics -- not to mention his pastoral labors and his role in the Great Awakening -- few know much at all about his exegetical work. We need to reconstruct his long-lost exegetical world if we are to make good sense of Edwards, his biblical frame of reference, and the things he took for granted about the nature of reality. Sweeney's lecture is a first step toward doing so.
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