Saturday, July 07, 2007

Matthew Poole: Synopsis Criticorum aliorumque Sacrae Scripturae Interpretum

In the "Blank Bible" Edwards references Matthew Poole's Synopsis Criticorum aliorumque Sacrae Scripturae Interpretum 792 times. Poole's work is a massive scholarly work on Scripture. There is a version of the work in the JEC and it is vast.

So here is the interesting suggestion for a doctoral thesis: Examine Edwards use of the SSS (as JE refers to it!) and see how his reading of the SSS influenced his reading of the OT. Most of the references are to OT texts. In particular, how his reading of the SSS can be seen in his OT sermons. So the link between exegesis and homiletics would be clarified.

Any takers? I am working on an article on his use of Doddridge - there are only 303 references to Doddridge and they are nearly all in the NT.

For more on this all see "Blank Bible": Works, 24, 59ff.


Blogger cozart said...

you're just full of good ideas for doctoral theses, aren't you?

that would certainly be an interesting one as the field of Edwards's exegetical method seems to be largely untouched.

i must admit that i'm very intrigued by the idea of doctoral work on Edwards's theology of angels.

my biggest interest, however, lies in Edwards's reading of history and his historical method. so i was encouraged, and challenged, by McClymond's conclusion in his review of Zakai in which he said, "Jonathan Edwards's philosophy of history is still in need of a book-length monograph."

4:38 pm  
Blogger Michael McClenahan said...

Do it! There is so much to be done on both angels and history.

8:19 pm  
Blogger Ruben said...

There is a project underway to translate Poole's Synopsis. No doubt this effort would be helpful to the student of Poole's influence on Edwards.

10:34 pm  
Blogger Michael McClenahan said...

On Doddridge:

JE calls him 'that very eminent divine.'

Hickman, I, 517

8:07 pm  

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