Solomon Stoddard

Solomon Stoddard was born September 27, 1643, and is a name that’s not well known today. However, he’s considered one of the most influential Puritan leaders in America’s colonial period. But did you know that Solomon Stoddard was the grandfather of Jonathan Edwards, one of America’s most well-known preachers?

In Stoddard’s era, preaching itself was a cultural phenomenon in colonial New England. In other words, they preached a lot! Twice on Sunday, and once (or more!) during the week.

Historian Harry S. Stout estimates there were more than five million sermons preached during the colonial era—all based on a verse or passage from the Bible, and that a colonial person heard an average of seven thousand sermons in their lifetime!

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