2018 Graduate Student Paper Competition Winner

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We are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Jonathan Edwards graduate student paper competition is Ricky Njoto for his paper entitled, “Supper in the Hands of a Sensitive Preacher: Edwards’s Use of the Bible in His Sacramental Sermons on 1 Corinthians 10.”

The essay analyzes Jonathan Edwards’s hermeneutics in his four sermons on the Lord’s Supper from 1 Corinthians 10. The complexity of Edwards’s theology, especially of the Lord’s Supper, is subtly demonstrated in his use of biblical references. The essay demonstrates that, although Edwards’s hermeneutical methods are difficult to understand by modern minds, his biblical references are not mere proof-texts as modern assumption suggests. This is only observable when one inquires more deeply into his other sermons and writings as his references often form a web that connects such writings. Edwards’s use of the Bible is crucial in shaping both his sacramental theology and his homiletical oratory.

Ricky will receive a check for $1,000 and publication of his essay soon in Jonathan Edwards Studies.

Congratulations, Ricky, on a job well done!