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The “Blank Bible”: Parts 1 & 2
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The “Blank Bible”: Parts 1 & 2


Yale University Press 2006

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In 1730, Jonathan Edwards acquired a book-like, leather-bound manuscript containing an interleaved printed edition of the King James Version of the Bible. Over the next three decades, Edwards proceeded to write in the manuscript more than 5,000 notes and entries relating to biblical texts (though paradoxically he called the manuscript his “Blank Bible”). Only a fraction of the entries has ever been published. This volume presents a complete edition of the “Blank Bible” accompanied by an informative introduction, multiple appendixes, and an extensive index.

This volume, perhaps the most unusual in Edwards’ œuvre, brings to light more clearly than ever before the full scope of his creative investment in biblical studies.

With Logos Bible Software, this volume is completely searchable and more accessible than ever. Key theological terms are linked to dictionaries and encyclopedias, and thousands of Scripture references are linked to your preferred Bible translations. The advanced search tools help you navigate material instantly, and hyperlinks in the table of contents take you exactly where you need to go. With the power and speed of your digital library, this work by one of American history’s greatest theologians is accessible like never before for study, sermon preparation, reading, and research.

Key Features

  • Presents the complete edition of Jonathan Edwards’ “Blank Bible,” never before published
  • Provides Edwards’ 5,000+ notes on biblical texts, written over 30 years
  • Includes an introduction, index, and appendixes

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About Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards was born in 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut to Timothy and Esther Edwards. He began his formal education at Yale College in 1716, where he encountered the Calvinism that had influenced his own Puritan upbringing. In 1727, he was ordained as minister of the church in Northampton, Massachusetts. The First Great Awakening began in Edwards’ church three years later, which prompted Edwards to study conversion and revival within the context of Calvinism. During the revival, Edwards preached his most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” and penned many of his most popular works, including The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, and The Life of David Brainerd. When the revival subsided, the church of Northampton became increasingly suspect of Edwards’ strict requirements for participation in the sacraments. Edwards left Northampton in 1750 to become a minister at a missions church in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 1757, Edwards reluctantly became president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University), where he hoped to complete two major works—one that expanded his treatise on the history of redemption, and the other on the harmony of the Old and New Testaments. His writing ambitions were interrupted by his death in 1758, when he died of complications stemming from a smallpox inoculation.

About Stephen J. Stein

Stephen J. Stein is Emeritus Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the editor of two previous volumes in The Works of Jonathan Edwards: Apocalyptic Writings and Notes on Scripture.

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