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The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Edwards

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Stephen J. Stein, George M. Marsden, Kenneth P. Minkema, David D. Hall, Avihu Zakai, Wilson H. Kimnach, Harry S. Stout, E. Brooks Holifield, Stephen H. Daniel, Rachel M. Wheeler, Joseph A. Conforti, Philip F. Gura, Ava Chamberlain, Douglas A. Sweeney, Stephen Crocco, David Bebbington
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521618052

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  • Long recognized as 'America's theologian', Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is seen as instrumental in the Great Awakening of the 1740s that gripped much of New England and that laid the groundwork for an American Protestant religious identity. This Cambridge Companion offers a general, comprehensive introduction to Jonathan Edwards and examines his life and works from various disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, theology, religious studies, and philosophy. The book consists of seventeen chapters written by leading religious scholars, historians and literary critics on Edwards' life, work, and legacy. The Companion will be an invaluable aid to teachers and scholars and will be imminently accessible to those just encountering Edwards for the first time.

    • Contains essays from a highly distinguished, international group of Edwards scholars
    • This volume incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Edwards - his life and context, his professional roles and achievements, and his legacy and reputation
    • The essays in this volume are not uncritical of Edwards, his theological viewpoints, and/or his life story
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[the] collection of authors is first-rate and the work they have produced sterling." —The Christian Century

    "… chapters are informative … and give us a truer picture of the man than the popular caricature of a fierce preacher of hellfire sermons …' —Baptist Quarterly

    "These are solid, reliable, and helpful essays—just what a literary companion should be. ...they serve to orient the reader to further reading. Edwards might have found this Cambridge Companion more amiable than its Princeton cousin: more rooted in historical context, more attuned to evangelical themes and less engaged in the intellectual abstractions and technical distractions offered by the theologians. —Theological Studies

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521618052
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 154 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Stephen J. Stein
    Part I. Life and Context:
    2. Biography George M. Marsden
    3. Personal writings Kenneth P. Minkema
    4. New England background David D. Hall
    5. Transatlantic Enlightenment Avihu Zakai
    Part II. Roles and Achievements:
    6. Preacher Wilson H. Kimnach
    7. Revivalist Harry S. Stout
    8. Theologian E. Brooks Holifield
    9. Philosopher Stephen H. Daniel
    10. Exegete Stephen J. Stein
    11. Missionary Rachel M. Wheeler
    Part III. Legacy and Reputation:
    12. American culture Joseph A. Conforti
    13. American literature Philip F. Gura
    14. Gender and social issues Ava Chamberlain
    15. Evangelical tradition Douglas A. Sweeney
    16. Religious scholarship Stephen Crocco
    17. Abroad David Bebbington.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • History of Christian Thought ll: Reformation to Postmodernism
    • Introduction to Philosophy
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    Stephen J. Stein, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Stephen J. Stein (born March 22, 1940) holds the Ph.D. from Yale University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and also as Director of the American Studies Program at Indiana University where he taught for 35 years. He retired in May 2005. He was named Chancellor's Professor in 1995. In 1994 he was the President of the American Society of Church History. In 1995 he was the recipient of the Tracy Sonneborn Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research. He has been the recipient of numerous grants, including two research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the editor of three volumes in the Yale Edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards: Apocalyptic Writings (1977), Notes on Scripture (1998), and The 'Blank Bible' (forthcoming 2006). His volume, The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers (Yale Press, 1992) was awarded the Philip Schaff Prize by the American Society of Church History. His research interests have focused heavily on eighteenth-century colonial American religious history, but his research publications also span the broad topic of apocalyptic and millennial studies as well as the study of New Religious Movements. He has published articles in such journals as Church History, Harvard Theological Review, William and Mary Quarterly, New England Quarterly, Early American Literature, Filson Club History Quarterly, Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, Journal of the Early Republic, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Communal Societies, American Quarterly, Religion and American Culture, etc., etc.. Stein's volume on the Shakers is widely regarded as the definitive history of that religious community; it spans more than two centuries of Shaker experience. His editorial work with the Edwards Edition has opened an area of scholarship, namely, Edwards's biblical writings, that had received very little scholarly attention prior to his work. His years

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    Stephen J. Stein, George M. Marsden, Kenneth P. Minkema, David D. Hall, Avihu Zakai, Wilson H. Kimnach, Harry S. Stout, E. Brooks Holifield, Stephen H. Daniel, Rachel M. Wheeler, Joseph A. Conforti, Philip F. Gura, Ava Chamberlain, Douglas A. Sweeney, Stephen Crocco, David Bebbington

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