Biblia Americana: Genesis

Overview

Cotton Mather, one of the leading intellectuals of colonial America, has often been overshadowed by his younger Puritan contemporary, Jonathan Edwards. Now, however, the publication of this first edition of Mather's magnum opus in the area of biblical knowledge focuses fresh attention on early New England's second most prodigious intellect. Mather's commentary takes the form of questions and answers on the whole biblical canon. The edition, prepared by an international team of experts in early American studies, ...

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Overview

Cotton Mather, one of the leading intellectuals of colonial America, has often been overshadowed by his younger Puritan contemporary, Jonathan Edwards. Now, however, the publication of this first edition of Mather's magnum opus in the area of biblical knowledge focuses fresh attention on early New England's second most prodigious intellect. Mather's commentary takes the form of questions and answers on the whole biblical canon. The edition, prepared by an international team of experts in early American studies, will consist of ten volumes published over the course of a decade. This first volume introduces the project and offers Mather's comments on Genesis. This work will be treasured by students of American church history, colonial-era Puritanism, Christian responses to the Enlightenment, American intellectual development, and the history of biblical interpretation. It is a must-have acquisition for research libraries covering these disciplines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801039003
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Sales rank: 1,178,289
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 3.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cotton Mather (1663-1728), trained at Harvard and ordained in 1685, was a Puritan pastor and scholar in Boston. Reiner Smolinski (PhD, Pennsylvania State University), general editor of the Biblia Americana project, is professor of early American literature at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. His previous publications include The Threefold Paradise of Cotton Mather and The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: The Millennial Impulse in Early American Literature.

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Table of Contents

PART I: Editor's Introduction
I 1: Description of the entire project, volume division, co-editors
I 2: Biographical essay of Mather's life and career as a theologian with focus on his published and unpublished works
I 3: Contents of "Biblia Americana"
I 4: "Biblia Americana" as a Synoptic Commentary, use of Principal Sources, Mather's reading (as evidenced in Biblia Americana), his private library, Harvard library (to 1728), and access to other published and unpublished sources
I 5: Note on the Text, description of holograph MS, its condition, quires of paper, watermarks, paper makers, binding, rebinding.
I 6: Editing the MS and Editorial Principles
PART II
T: Text of Biblia Americana
A: Appendices and Tables
1: Manuscript Cancellations of Significant Material
2: Use of Excerpts from Primary Sources (percentages)
3: Biblical Citations and References
B: Bibliographies
Primary Works
Secondary Works
Indexes

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