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A Reader's Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards (Finn)

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Foreword by Kenneth P. Minkema, Contributions by Rhys Bezzant, Robert W. Caldwell III, Paul Helm, Sean Michael Lucas, Michael McClenahan, Gerald R. McDermott, Dane C. Ortlund, Joe Rigney

Jonathan Edwards—widely considered one the most important theologians in American history—has influenced generation after generation with his transcendent vision of our great and glorious God. But reading his writings for the first time can be a daunting task.

Here to be your trustworthy guides are some of the very best interpreters of Edwards, who walk you through his most important works with historical context, strategies for reading, and contemporary application—launching you into a lifetime of discovering Edwards’s God-centered vision of the Christian life for yourself.

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Nathan A. Finn (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the dean of the School of Theology and Missions and professor of theological studies at Union University. Nathan lives in Jackson, Tennessee, with his wife, Leah, and their four children.

Jeremy M. Kimble (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theological studies at Cedarville University. He and his wife, Rachel, have two children.



“Christians wanting to dip into Edwards’s daunting prose but seeking expert help in doing so will find it in this book. The tour guides are clear, edifying, and reliable. They don’t discuss all of Edwards’s massive body of work, but they treat most of his greatest hits—and do so in the service of what Edwards, quoting James, called ‘true religion.’”
Douglas A. Sweeney, distinguished professor of church history and the history of Christian thought; director, Jonathan Edwards Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Kudos to Nathan Finn and Jeremy Kimble for bringing together a first-rate team of scholars to provide a marvelous introduction to the most important works from the pen of Jonathan Edwards. This readable and accessible guide provides a treasure for students to explore the most significant themes in the prolific writings of America’s greatest Christian thinker. It is truly a joy to recommend this superb resource.”
David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University

“Academically rigorous and spiritually stirring, Finn and Kimble’s book offers an outstanding introduction to the essential writings of Jonathan Edwards, the most important theologian in American history.” 
Thomas S. Kidd, distinguished professor of history, Baylor University; author, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America

“This volume is a wonderful addition to the ever-increasing corpus of volumes devoted to Jonathan Edwards or about some aspect of his theology. What makes this book especially helpful is its focus on Edwards’s major theological treatises by men who are admiring students of the great New England Puritan. That doesn’t mean they write uncritically. These essays are an engaging and discerning interaction with Edwards’s thought and will undoubtedly prove to be the standard for this sort of treatment in the years ahead. If you’ve been hesitant to read Edwards, or perhaps somewhat intimidated by the depth of his theological insights, this book is the perfect place for you to begin in your study of this remarkable pastor and author. Highly recommended!”
Sam Storms, lead pastor for preaching and vision, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma