A “VISIBLE MOMENT” OF GRACE OR DISPLEASURE?

Rachèl Nadine Koopman

Abstract


Despite the vast collection of studies on Edwards’ theological, epistemological and philosophical legacy, his regard for Judaism, Israel and the Jews of his time has escaped sustained historical attention. Only Gerald R. McDermott has devoted a brief chapter on Edwards and Judaism in his book Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods (2000), and Stephen J. Stein discussed Edwards’ study of the cultures of biblical violence in Jonathan Edwards at 300 (2005), but Edwards’ view on the Jewish identity is still very much unexplored terrain. Given that Edwards was well acquainted with the Hebrew Bible and the Hebrew language, as is noted by Shalom Goldman in God’s Sacred Tongue (2004), his undeniable interest in biblical Judaism and Jews in relation to contemporary Jews in Puritan New England is worth looking into.

Keywords


Judaism, Early American Religious History

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