Monday, November 27, 2006

JEC @ ETS (Acronyms Galore!)

In mid-November, I (Allen Yeh) spent three eventful days at ETS (Evangelical Theological Society) in Washington DC with my co-worker Kyle Orr, manning the Jonathan Edwards Center exhibit.

We were bound to meet some interesting people, and we did—everyone from descendants of Edwards to Roman Catholics who admired Edwards. Many were aware of our letterpress editions (the 26-volume Works of Jonathan Edwards published by Yale University Press), but few knew about our FREE fully searchable online resources which, upon completion, will contain twice the content of the letterpress editions.

We even held a raffle and gave away a free copy of "The Blank Bible" (a $200 value!) to the winner. The resurgence of interest in Jonathan Edwards is amazing; he has not been so popular since the 19th century. In the intervening times, when we weren't in the exhibit hall, we had our choice of dozens of ETS seminars at the Washington Hilton, topped off by a feast on the last night in the Grand Ballroom with a presidential address by Edwin Yamauchi (professor at Miami University of Ohio).

A good time was had by all, and the Blank Bible is right now winging its way to our lucky winner, Benjamin Shaw. Congratulations Benjamin!


Anonymous Matt Wienken said...

Thank you for all your work guys! Edwards is indeed worthy of it (as if you need convincing!)

Question: what (if any) perspective on Edwards do you think attracts the most attention? A historical figure? Theology? Preaching? "You gotta know Edwards if you're going to dialogue with others about anything academic in such areas?"

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Blogger M. Jay Bennett said...

I think Edwards would have attributed Benjamin's winning to providence rather than luck.

Praise God for your winning Benjamin! I can't hardly wait to get my hands on the blank bible.

And thanks JEC for making Yale's excellent editions of Edwards's works available free online. What a great resource!

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