Against the background of Reformation-inspired readings of Paul as the great prophet of justification by faith and "New Perspective" challenges to this reading, Jonathan Edwards proves an interesting interpreter of Paul. He stresses neither justification–though he is a staunch Calvinist–nor the Gentiles. Rather, he finds in Paul a spokesman for the priority and beauty of holiness and for a grace that is in conception more organic, more mystical, than juridical. This paper follows Edwards, in several of his key sermons, through the letters of Paul to discover in the Puritan preacher a rich variant reading of Paul's theology. It is a reading, this paper proposes, that opens Paul for the contemporary eye in unexpected and illuminating ways, drawing attention to the often lyric character of the letters and allowing otherwise neglected themes–of light and holiness, Spirit and communion, the nature of love, and the possibility of transformation—to emerge. Jonathan Edwards, that is, proves a valuable interlocutor in the quest for a full and nuanced understanding of Paul.

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