Interpreting Edwards: An Overview and Analysis of John H. Gerstner s The Rational Biblical Theology of Jonathan Edwards

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Interpreting Edwards is written as an overview and analysis of Dr. John H. Gerstner s three volume set: The Rational Biblical Theology of Jonathan Edward. Gerstner s work is the most thorough study of the theology of Jonathan Edwards yet published. As this book reveals, his theology was very much in line with the teaching of the Westminster Standards, which are comprised of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647), and the Larger (1648) and Shorter (1648) Catechisms, and to which he confessed his adherence. The purpose of this book, in giving an overview and analysis of Gerstner s work, is to use it as somewhat of a guideline and springboard for a more in depth study of the Puritan sage, aided by numerous other writings by and about Edwards, which are included in the extensive bibliography.

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Rev. W. Gary Crampton, Th.D., Ph.D. is a minister with the Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly. Dr. Crampton serves as Professor of Systematic and Exegetical Theology at Whitefield Theological Seminary. Dr. Crampton previously authored the books By Scripture Alone and What Calvin Says. He presently resides in Glenn Allen, Virginia, with his wife (Ann).

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Fans of the late John Gerstner (1914-1996) will want to know about this book. It offers a summary of Gerstner s massive, three-volume set, The Rational Biblical Theology of Jonathan Edwards (1991-1993), updated with helpful references to more recent Edwards scholarship. Younger readers may need to know that Gerstner played a major role in fueling the Edwards renaissance and making its scholarly fruit accessible to evangelical Christians. He promoted Edwards writings with hundreds of pastors, seminarians, and evangelical laity, devoted his summers to poring over Edwards manuscripts at Yale, and published several widely influential books on Edwards thought. He also made disciples (of both Edwards and himself), most importantly R. C. Sproul (b. 1939), who founded Ligonier Ministries in the early 1970s near Gerstner s home in western Pennsylvania. Like Gerstner and Sproul, Gary Crampton and Whitefield Theological Seminary are cut from Edwardsean cloth. Theirs is a truly Reformed Edwards, tailored for evangelical Calvinists. They have not paid much attention to Edwards non-Reformed influences and non-Reformed legacies. But they have done more than anyone (except perhaps Iain Murray) to create a demand for Edwards among the people who are most eager to pattern their lives after his. This is clearly a labor of love. Recommended for all who follow, or would simply like to know about, Gerstner s Edwards. --Douglas Sweeney, Director of the JEC at TEDS

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