* Overcoming the shadow of his younger Puritan contemporary---Jonathan Edwards---Mather was one of the leading intellectuals of colonial America. Taking the form of questions and answers on biblical issues, his commentary goes beyond theology, offering cultural and contextual insights into early American church history, responses to the Enlightenment, intellectual development, and more. 800 pages, hardcover from Baker.
In collaboration with Mohr Siebeck and an international team of experts in early American studies, Baker Academic releases the second of ten projected volumes in Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana. This volume offers Mather's comments on Joshua-2 Chronicles. Mather's commentary takes the form of questions and answers on the biblical canon.
Cotton Mather, one of the leading intellectuals of colonial America, has often been overshadowed by his younger Puritan contemporary, Jonathan Edwards. Now, however, the publication of Mather's magnum opus in the area of biblical knowledge focuses fresh attention on early New England's second most prodigious intellect.
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.
Cotton Mather (1663-1728), trained at Harvard and ordained in 1685, was a Puritan pastor and scholar at Boston.
Kenneth P. Minkema (PhD, University of Connecticut) is the executive editor of The Works of Jonathan Edwards and of the Jonathan Edwards Center and Online Archive at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.