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Theology

Cotton Mather

Biblia Americana

America's First Bible Commentary. A Synoptic Commentary on the Old and New Testaments. Volume 9: Romans – Philemon
Ed. by Robert E. Brown

[Biblia Americana. Der älteste amerikanische Bibelkommentar. Band 9: Römer – Philemon.]

2018. XV, 754 pages.
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Published in English.
Cotton Mather was one of early America's foremost consumers of early modern intellectual developments. The author of treatises on medicine, science, and music also wrote America's first Bible commentary, the Biblia Americana. This work integrates his reading of early modern critical historical thought, philosophy, theology, and science with his interpretation of the Bible, and especially with regard to the great Reformation doctrines traceable to the letters of the Apostle Paul.
The Pauline epistles provided the theological inspiration for the religious revolution known as the Protestant Reformation, the legacy of which was still being given form during Cotton Mather's lifetime and career. Mather's commentary gives voice to the ongoing struggle between Protestants and Catholics, and between Protestants of many stripes: Puritans and Anglicans, Calvinists and Arminians, Trinitarians and Socinians, Protestants of the state and the sects. In his commentary, he also dwells on eschatological topics, ecclesiology, the papacy, classic doctrines of the Reformation such as faith, grace and election, and perhaps above all, on the piety of practical Christian living.
But another revolution was also taking place during Mather's lifetime, one that was equally important for his thought: modernity. Mather's Pauline commentary was profoundly shaped by this development, as he attempted to discover the meaning of Paul's writings in their original context, and as he attempted to make sense of those writings against the shifting backdrop of new discoveries in natural philosophy, history, and cultural studies. He and his sources appropriated the wealth of materials available to them in the Republic of Letters: Jewish rabbinic sources, Renaissance philology, the growing body of comparative religious studies, the emerging fields of astronomy, earth science, and agronomy, empirically-rooted historiography as well as the treasure-trove of materials available for the comparative study of cultures, from the ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome, to contemporary European and New World peoples.
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.

Robert E. Brown PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa; Associate Professor of Religious Studies at James Madison University.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Reading Religion — http://readingreligion.org/books/biblia-americana (9/2018) (Glenn A. Moots)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 62 (2018), S. 508