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America's Theologian Beyond America

Jonathan Edwards, Israel, and China

Douglas Sweeney & Victor Zhu

America's Theologian Beyond America

America's Theologian Beyond America

Jonathan Edwards, Israel, and China

America's Theologian Beyond America

 

In America's Theologian Beyond America, Victor Zhu provides a nuanced investigation of Edwards's anticipation of the millennium. Zhu shows that Edwards's millennialism is neither America-centric nor politically utopian.


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Beschrijving America's Theologian Beyond America

New England theologian Jonathan Edwards came to prominence at the culmination of a dramatic paradigm shift in millennialism that had begun in the sixteenth century, declaring that a thousand-year earthly kingdom would arrive in the future. For Edwards, the land of Israel would be the ideal location of the millennial kingdom, and the people of Israel, after their restoration, would play critical and decisive roles in the millennium's commencement. Edwards's millennial
vision was also cosmic, however, and included both Europe and China. Unlike his Protestant predecessors and his Puritan contemporaries, Edwards's millennialism de-centralized England and New England. Contrary to what many have argued, Edwards neither originated nor advocated the notion of the
American redeemer nation.

In America's Theologian Beyond America, Victor Zhu establishes the coherence of Edwards's Judeo-centric and cosmic vision of the millennial kingdom and argues that this vision is an indispensable part of Edwards's theological system. He highlights three theological loci in Edwards's millennialism: the greatness of God's divine sovereignty, the magnificence of His glory, and the capaciousness of His kingdom. Zhu demonstrates Edwards's conviction of the progressive realization of the
kingdom, refuting the prevailing misinterpretation that Edwards thought the millennium was imminent. He explores Edwards's cosmic vision of the millennial kingdom, which extended from New England and Israel to China and other parts of the "heathen" world. In conclusion, Zhu examines the contemporary relevance of
Edwards's millennialism in Chinese millennial movements.


ISBN
9780197652671
Pagina's
272
Verschijnt
NUR
700
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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