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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)
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.