The Life and Character of Mr. Jonathan Edwards by Samuel Hopkins
Sprinkle Publications. hb. 220pp.
The Life and Character of the Late Reverend, Learned, and Pious Mr. Jonathan Edwards together with Extracts from his Private Writings & Diary by Samuel Hopkins
Appendices by Esther Burr the daughter of Mr. Edwards
The Life and Character of the Late Reverend, Learned, and Pious Mr. Jonathan Edwards was the first book dealing with the life of Edwards. The uniqueness of this volume is as follows: it was produced at the request of Mrs. Jonathan Edwards; it was edited, collected and written by Samuel Hopkins, who was Edwards’ literary executor; it was the only biography written by eyewitness; it was the work of one of Edwards’ most gifted students; and it was the labor of one who knew Edwards better than anyone outside of his family. Hopkins in his formative years lived in Edwards’ home and studied theology under his direct tutelage. This plus a life time of friendship made Samuel Hopkins the ideal penman for such a task.
All serious students of the life of Edwards have availed themselves of this unique volume. Also, all good biographers of Edwards have been indebted to the Hopkins volume. The volume proffers material collected and written by one who knew Edwards in such a way as to glimpse his heart. Sprinkle Publications brings to the public a new edition of this great work that is foundational to any study of Edwards.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: Containing the History of Edwards’ life from birth to his settlement in the work of the ministry
Part 2: Containing extracts from Edwards’ private writings
Part 3: Containing a history of Edwards’ life from his entering on the work of the ministry to his death
Part 4: Containing an account of his manuscripts and the books published by him
1. A brief account of Mrs. Burr
2. A short sketch of Mrs. Edwards’ life and character
Edwards’ ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’