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Jonathan Edwards and ScriptureBiblical Exegesis in British North America$
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David P. Barshinger and Douglas A. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190249496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190249496.001.0001

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Language of the Heart

Language of the Heart

The Bible in Jonathan Edwards’ Personal Life and Spiritual Practice

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Jonathan Edwards and Scripture

Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe

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Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe gives us a window into Jonthan Edwards’ spiritual practices and how the Bible colored them. With his typological imagination, Edwards relished nature, but even there, his imaginative reflections connected what he perceived in nature with what he read in Scripture. The Bible also helped him sift through the thorny question of how one best understands experiential religion, straddling the means of grace and the free work of the Holy Spirit. His various notebooks reveal how extensively Scripture shaped Edwards’ spiritual and intellectual life. In practice, the Bible became the language of Edwards’ prayer and song, and it also guarded against misguided Enlightenment-era notions about experiencing God. To the end of his life, Scripture was a constant source of solace in Edwards’ spiritual journey.

Keywords:   Jonathan Edwards, spiritual practices, typology, nature, Scripture, experiential religion, means of grace, Holy Spirit, Enlightenment, spirituality

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