The Covenantal Theology of Jonathan Edwards

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Hoehner, Paul, Religious Studies - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Mathewes, Charles, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Childress, James, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Jones, Paul, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Hunter, James, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia

The thesis of this dissertation is that one must read Jonathan Edwards as a Reformed covenantal theologian, and that explicating the covenantal framework of his redemptive-historical approach to scriptural exegesis will shed light on and help interpret the more controversial discussions regarding the “ethics” of Edwards, by which I limit to the role of and motive for “good works,” or evangelical obedience, in the salvation and life of the elect believer. This dissertation discusses and clarifies Edwards’s covenantal theology, concentrating on his biblical and redemptive-historical theology as it is situated within the Reformed federal scholastic tradition. His view on the Covenant of Works, Covenant of Redemption, Covenant of Grace, and the Mosaic covenantal dispensation are examined along with the implications his covenantal structure has for the role of evangelical obedience and faith in the believer’s justification before God. Close attention to his covenantal theology as a controlling paradigm affords a more authentic and accurate interpretation of Edwards.

PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Jonathan Edwards, Covenant Theology, Reformed Theology
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