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Jonathan Edwards. (1703-1758). Background Information. Important role in the shaping of The Great Awakening ( 1730-1755) Was the fifth of eleven children He entered Yale College in 1716, at just under the age of thirteen.

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Jonathan edwards

Jonathan Edwards


Background information

Background Information

  • Important role in the shaping of The Great Awakening (1730-1755)

  • Was the fifth of eleven children

  • He entered Yale College in 1716, at just under the age of thirteen.

  • He was a scholar-pastor his; rule being thirteen hours of study a day.

The great awakening

The Great Awakening

  • A series of several religious revivals

  • Began in the 1730’s

George whitefield

George Whitefield

  • One of the major ministers during this first revival (in addition to Edwards) was George Whitefield

  • One of the founders of Methodism.

Structure and delivery of a puritan sermon

Structure and Delivery of a Puritan Sermon

  • 1. Epigraph-reading of a Biblical epigraph, explanation of its meaning and its Biblical context.

  • 2. Exposition- demonstration of scriptural evidence, reasoning, establishing the validity of the doctrine

Structure cont

Structure cont.

  • 3. Application-statement of how the doctrine applies to one’s personal, spiritual and family lives and to the immediate community.

  • 4. Epilogue-call to action, emotional appeal.

Sinners in the hands of an angry god 1741

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741)

  • Sermon written by Edwards and preached on July 8, 1741

  • “Their foot shall slide in due time.”

  • Deuteronomy 32:35 (5th book of the Bible)

Fire and brimstone tradition

“Fire and Brimstone” tradition

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  • Parallel between the Puritans and the Israelites (chosen by God to be God’s first followers)

  • “Vengeance of God on the wicked, unbelieving Israelites”



  • Imminence of destruction

  • Seeds of destruction are there, just momentarily stayed, restrained by God.

  • The danger of death and damnation that faces the unconverted



  • Figurative or descriptive language in a literary work used by the author to create a mental or sensory image in the reader.

An angry god

An Angry God

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