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Theology

Cotton Mather

Biblia Americana

America's First Bible Commentary. A Synoptic Commentary on the Old and New Testaments. Volume 4: Ezra – Psalms
General Editor: Reiner Smolinski. Ed., with an Introduction and Annotiations, by Harry C. Maddux. Associate Editor: Paul S. Peterson

[Biblia Americana. Der älteste amerikanische Bibelkommentar. Band 4: Esra-Psalmen.]

2014. XXIV, 865 pages.
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Cotton Mather's commentary on Ezra through the Psalms is a central part of the massive endeavor that he called »Biblia Americana.« Here, he links biblical to secular history, analyzes the problem of evil in creation, and considers the Psalms both as Hebrew poetry and as Christian prophecy.
Cotton Mather's synoptic commentary on Ezra through the Psalms contains the core of the massive theological and scholarly endeavor that he called »Biblia Americana.« Here, he links biblical to secular history, analyzes the problem of suffering and evil in creation, and considers the Psalms both as Hebrew poetry and as Christian prophecy. In his annotations on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, Mather explores topics that range from the philosophical underpinnings of international law to court customs in the Persian Empire to the uneven progress of the reformations attempted by Ezra and Nehemiah. In Job, Mather turns to questions of theodicy and natural philosophy. The Psalms commentary shows his linguistic acumen and his formidable skill as a Christian Hebraist, as well as his sensitivity to difficult matters of hermeneutics. Throughout, he displays the lively wit, curious intellect, and compassionate nature that made him one of the most popular ministers of the colonial period.
Authors/Editors

Cotton Mather (1663–1728) The leading New England theologian of his period, Mather was both a defender of Reformed orthodoxy and an intellectual innovator, who propagated the Pietist renewal of Protestantism and embraced ideas of the early Enlightenment. Best known for his Magnalia Christi Americana (1702), he published more than 400 works in various fields including church history, natural theology, and medicine.

Harry C. Maddux Born 1957; 1987 BA in English, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia; 1996 MA in English, Purdue University; 2001 PhD in English/American Studies, Purdue University; 2011 Associate Professor in English, Austin Peay State University; currently Director of Service-Learning at Appalachian State University.

Paul Silas Peterson Born 1979; theological studies in Portland, Edinburgh and Tübingen; Privatdozent Dr. theol., Protestant Faculty of Theology of the University of Tübingen.

Reiner Smolinski Born 1954; 1987 Ph.D in English/American Studies from The Pennsylvania State University; Professor of Early American Literature and Culture at Georgia State University (Atlanta).

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Reformatorisch Dagblad — 20. Dezember 2014, S. 9 (Herman J. Selderhuis)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 141 (2016), S. 1064–1068 (Markus Wriedt)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 42.5 (2018) (Anselm C. Hagedorn)