Interpreting Jonathan Edwards

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

By Dr. W. Gary Crampton

In this work, Dr. W. Gary Crampton has once again turned our attention to the writings of Jonathan Edwards, interacting with Dr. John Gerstner’s three volume series – The Rational Biblical Theology of Jonathan Edwards, which is, according to Crampton, “the most thorough study of the theology of Jonathan Edwards yet published.” The theology of Edwards continues to intrigue readers from every point of the theological and philosophical spectrum. Edwards was the epitome of American Puritan genius, and his insights into God, man, and the entire created order demonstrate that his teachings are every bit as important today as they were in the 1700s. Jonathan Edwards was an expositor extraordinaire, and this is what makes his works so significant for our generation. His thought was so penetrating that even secular scholars have recognized and appreciated the brilliance of the man. “Dr. Crampton’s evaluation of the writings of both Edwards and Gerstner deliver a wealth of knowledge that will allow the reader to benefit from the intellectual genius of America’s finest theologian and philosopher.” — Dr. Kenneth G. Talbot, Founder and President of Whitefield Theological Seminary (

About the Author: Dr W Gary Crampton is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland, Florida. He has written over 15 theological books and contributed numerous theological and philosophical articles and book reviews for magazines, journals, and internet websites. Dr Crampton currently resides in Glen Allen, Virginia with his wife Ann.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 454
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whitefield Theological Seminary; First edition (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0982589042
  • ISBN-13: 978-098258904

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Weight 28 lbs
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1 review for Interpreting Jonathan Edwards

  1. Douglas Sweeney

    W. Gary Crampton, Interpreting Edwards: An Overview and Analysis of John H. Gerstner’s The Rational Biblical Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Lakeland, FL: Whitefield Theological Seminary, 2010).

    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
    Jonathan Edwards Center
    Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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