Edwards's exclusively exegetical works fill nearly five volumes in the Yale edition. As an eighteenth-century exegete, his approach may be distinguished from the Enlightenment thinkers, Roman Catholics, and radical evangelicals. Central to Edwards's approach to Biblical interpretation was the “sense of the heart.” The same divine illumination that caused the saint to perceive the beauty of God amid the wonders of the natural world also caused the saint to see both the surface level and the deeper meanings contained in holy writ. Without abandoning the foundational role of the literal sense, he showed a tilt toward the spiritual sense. Identifying the spiritual sense of scripture ultimately allows the interpreter to place all the pieces of the Old and New Testaments into a coherent whole.
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