Jonathan Edwards, the Bible, and conversion

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Abstract

David W. Kling explores the exegetical foundations of Jonthan Edwards' understanding of conversion. Given the importance of revivalism in Edwards' career, one cannot deny the preeminent place of conversion in his thought and preaching. Yet fundamental to that doctrine was Scripture's teaching on the nature of conversion. Kling probes this topic by treating the role of the Bible in Edwards' own conversion, distinct as it was from the reigning model in his tradition; by considering the place of conversion in Edwards' discussion of the revivals; and by examining the intersection of Scripture and conversion in three representative awakening sermons. In Edwards' view, the Bible taught that conversion is real, that it transforms not only the soul but also the body, and that it involves both a "first conversion" and an ongoing process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJonathan Edwards and Scripture
Subtitle of host publicationBiblical Exegesis in British North America
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages212-232
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780190249496
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 19 2018

Keywords

  • Awakening sermons
  • Conversion
  • Exegesis
  • Exegetical foundations
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Revivalism
  • Revivals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Kling, D. (2018). Jonathan Edwards, the Bible, and conversion. In Jonathan Edwards and Scripture: Biblical Exegesis in British North America (pp. 212-232). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190249496.003.0013