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   ISSN (Print) 2159-6875
   Published by Yale University Homepage  [9 journals]
  • Editorial

    • Authors: The Editors
      Pages: 1 - 2
      Abstract: We are pleased to commence the sixth year of the Jonathan Edwards Studies online journal, and continue to be encouraged by the reception and review of the journal and by the contributions we have received from scholars and researchers from all fields, specialists and generalists alike. It is the continuing mission of this journal to present all aspects of Edwards Studies, and more, to encourage inquiry and engagement of Edwards and his context.This issue contains articles on a range of topics, including Edwards on the humanity of Christ, Locke and Religious Affections, and primary source documents, including a recently found letter in the Angus Library, Regent's Park College,University of Oxford.
      PubDate: 2016-05-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016)
  • Jonathan Edwards, John Locke, and The Religious Affections

    • Authors: Paul Helm
      Pages: 3 - 15
      Abstract: In this paper I want to take a look at John Locke’s influence on Jonathan Edwards’ The Religious Affections (1748). When Edwards was a teenage student at Yale College he came across a copy of Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Some have thought that this reaction was a mere adolescent infatuation on Edwards’ part. But Edwards' first biographer, Samuel Hopkins, famously captured Jonathan's lifelong attitude to that book...
      PubDate: 2016-05-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016)
  • “An Holy and Beautiful Soul”: Jonathan Edwards on the Humanity
           of Christ

    • Authors: Corné Blaauw
      Pages: 16 - 30
      Abstract: Several authors have highlighted the difficulties associated with constructing Edwards’ Christology from his corpus, and the further troubling conclusion that, once such constructions have taken place, he does not seem to fit within the Reformed tradition. This tension exists in Edwards’ thought since a number of his “Miscellanies” were left unsystematised, and since he made several peculiar claims on the subject; meanwhile, difficulties also exist among Edwards’ interpreters because of the methods they employ and the selectivity of the texts they examine. Since Edwards did not leave us a single document presenting his Christology, it has to be gleaned from the whole range of his corpus. With the exception of The Excellency of Christ, the sermonic and exegetical corpora have generally been neglected in this field of research. The contention of this study is that a fuller picture of Edwards’ Christology would be yielded by examining his exegetical and sermonic corpora in addition to those traditionally used. This method will be applied to the humanity of Christ with the intention of answering some of the recent criticisms of Edwards’ Christology
      PubDate: 2016-05-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016)
  • New Perspectives on the Northampton Communion Controversy IV: Experience
           Mayhew’s Dissertation on Edwards’s Humble Inquiry

    • Authors: Douglas L. Winiarski
      Pages: 31 - 80
      Abstract: This fourth installment in a series exploring newly discovered manuscripts relating to the “Qualifications Controversy” that drove Edwards from his Northampton pastorate presents an unpublished oppositional dissertation by Experience Mayhew, a prominent eighteenth-century Indian missionary from Martha’s Vineyard. Next to Solomon Stoddard, Mayhew was Edwards’s most important theological target during the conflict. Where Edwards pressed toward precision in defining the qualifications for admission to the Lord’s Supper, Mayhew remained convinced that the standards for membership in New England’s Congregational churches should encompass a broad range of knowledge and experience. His rejoinder to Edwards’s Humble Inquiry provides a rare opportunity to assess the ecclesiastical conflict as it reverberated outward from Northampton and the Connecticut Valley.
      PubDate: 2016-05-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016)
  • A Previously Uncatalogued Letter

    • Authors: Michael A.G. Haykin
      Pages: 81 - 83
      Abstract: Michael A. G. Haykin of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, has found a previously uncatalogued letter by Edwards in the Angus Library, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford.
      PubDate: 2016-05-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016)
  • Crisp, Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians

    • Authors: John T. Lowe
      Pages: 84 - 85
      Abstract: Oliver D. Crisp, Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015. Pp. vii + 198 pp. $25.00 paperback. One of the latest contributions in the increasing world of Edwards scholarship is Oliver D. Crisp’s Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians. This work is a collection of previously published stand-alone articles and lectures compiled into a single volume, but amended for the purpose of constructive theological comparison. The discussion of this monograph revolves around Edwards’s overlooked—and perhaps avoided—theology. While offering a gamut of primary sources, Crisp engages a variety of theological topics and figures revealing the significance—and need—of further Edwards scholarship.
      PubDate: 2016-05-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016)
  • Leader, Knowing, Seeing, Being: Jonathan Edwards, Emily Dickinson...

    • Authors: Kenneth P. Minkema
      Pages: 86 - 87
      Abstract: Leader, Jennifer L. Knowing, Seeing, Being: Jonathan Edwards, Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, and the American Typological Tradition. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016. Pp. x, 247. The great age for studying American typology was during the 1960s and ‘70s, and Jonathan Edwards received more than passing attention as part of that surge in interest, primarily among literary historians. They were attracted to Edwards’ natural typology and to his efforts to revivify and expand the ancient discipline of finding types or adumbrations and antitypes or fulfillments between the testaments of Scripture. While some scholars continue in that vein, there has been a definite downturn in the number of studies looking at Edwards in this time-tested way, which more often than not tied him to the Transcendentalists. More recently, examinations of Edwards’ typology have come in the context of semiotics, cultural-linguistic turns, the nature of rhetoric, stylometrics, and related approaches. Such treatments, however, are far outweighed nowadays by those that look at Edwards, first, as a student of the Bible, and second, as an inheritor of (or apostate from) Reformed orthodoxy.
      PubDate: 2016-05-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016)
  • Recent Selected Publications

    • Authors: The Editors
      Pages: 88 - 90
      Abstract: This list is by no means comprehensive; if readers wish to submit information on recent publications about the times, life, and influence of Edwards, please contact the Editors (
      PubDate: 2016-05-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016)
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