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Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale: Call for Support

The Jonathan Edwards Center offices can be found on the Quad of Yale Divinity School, but its primary mission of supporting inquiry into the life and legacy of Jonathan Edwards is realized via the Works of Jonathan Edwards Online. The Center operates the digital platform free of charge to anyone interested in the critical appraisal of Edwards’ historical importance and contemporary relevance. Since its launch in 2006, Edwards’s popularity has grown to global proportions thanks to the open-access availability of his writings at The availability of additional information, better transcriptions and new technology features have skyrocketed in the years since the website’s inception, so that website is at risk of losing its ability to serve the expectations of users.

New Platform Features

A total of $40,000 is required for platform design and development, plus content migration. New website features will offer the most current scholarly and technical standards including:

  • streamlined searchability
  • multiple viewing panes that allow the user to compare manuscript and transcription side-by-side
  • high-resolution manuscript scans and links
  • community-sourcing project portals
  • in-house capacity for upload of new content and revision
  • regular back-up and storage

The Works of Jonathan Edwards by the Numbers

  • 250,000 annual average attendance
  • 100 countries represented by users of the site
  • 75 volumes in the on-line archive, including born-digital material
  • 100,000 pages of material
  • 12 years old (ancient by modern technology standards)
  • $40,000 cost to launch a new digital platform

The Case for Giving

The Jonathan Edwards Center has become a model for digital humanities projects, earning endorsements from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For centuries, scholars and readers of Edwards had to rely on inaccurate and partial versions of his writings. The Works of Jonathan Edwards, the critical edition of Edwards’s writings, was created at Yale University in 1953 to overcome these obstacles and are now free and online.

The quality and amount of online resources has created an international network with affiliate centers in ten countries that enable teaching, graduate advising and research, conferencing, and other activities to drive scholarship and dialogue on Edwards and related topics. This renaissance has made Edwards one of the most consulted and referenced figures in religion today. In order to sustain and expand these growing communities, the Edwards Center must update its technology.

Your financial support is a crucial component to ongoing success.

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2019 Graduate Student Paper Competition

The Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity ( is pleased to announce this year’s annual paper competition for graduate students. Papers must focus on Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), his contexts, or his legacies, and must be written mainly in English. They may be submitted, however, by graduate students from anywhere, working in any major academic discipline. Each year’s winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 (U.S.) and guaranteed publication in Jonathan Edwards Studies. Submissions are due by May 15. The winners will be announced by August 1.

Further details may be found below. Please share this announcement with your colleagues. Queries and submissions should be directed to Professor Douglas A. Sweeney (

Happy writing, and good luck!


  • All full- and part-time graduate students from anywhere in the world are eligible to participate.
  • Papers must focus on Jonathan Edwards, his contexts, or his legacies.
  • Papers must be original, and not pledged elsewhere.


  • Papers should be of superior, publishable quality, and should follow the Author Guidelines published in Jonathan Edwards Studies, available at:
  • Papers must be written in English.
  • Papers must be readable in Microsoft Word.
  • Papers must be received no later than May 15.


  • Cash prize of $1,000 (U.S.)
  • Guaranteed publication in Jonathan Edwards Studies.
  • The winner will be announced on August 1.

Papers will be assessed by a committee led by Professor Douglas A. Sweeney, Director, Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS, and including the other global Jonathan Edwards Center directors.

Please direct queries and submissions to Doug Sweeney (

2018 Graduate Student Paper Competition Winner


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!



Andrew Fuller Conference | September 21-22, 2018



The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) and the Jonathan Edwards Center Germany at Heidelberg University will co-host a conference on Biblical Interpretation and Early Transatlantic Evangelicalism.

The speakers include the conference hosts: the Director of the JE Center Germany, Jan Stievermann, and the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center, Michael Haykin. Joining them is a team of world-class scholars in the field (including notable Edwards scholars): Douglas Sweeney, Ken Minkema, Isabel Rivers, Bruce Hindmarsh, Crawford Gribben, Adriaan Neele, and Robert Brown.

The objective of the conference aims to bring the historiography of early transatlantic evangelicalism together with the history of biblical interpretation. The goal is to understand the exegesis of various eighteenth-century exegetes in their intellectual, cultural, and religious contexts.

To learn more about the conference speakers, schedule, and to register, visit the conference website.

Conference Website >