In collaboration with Mohr Siebeck and an international team of experts in early American studies, Baker Academic releases the third of ten projected volumes in Cotton Mather's "Biblia Americana." This volume offers Mather's comments on Ezra-Psalms and includes extensive annotations and critical notes.
Mather's commentary takes the form of questions and answers on the biblical canon. Mather links biblical history 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, he 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.
This work will be treasured by students of American church history, colonial-era Puritanism, Christian responses to the Enlightenment, American intellectual development, and the history of biblical interpretation. It is a must-have acquisition for research libraries covering these disciplines.
Biblia Americana - Ezra-Psalms
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