Jonathan Edwards: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

Jonathan Edwards, a Congregational minister, was one of the Great Awakening’s most prominent preachers. His sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was preached on July 8, 1741. He received his master’s degree from Yale in 1722, and then apprenticed for his grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, a well-known preacher of the day. In 1729, Edwards became the sole preacher of his Massachusetts congregation. A contemporary claimed Edwards began his day at 4:00 a.m. and then studied 13 hours a day. One observer of his preaching noted: “He convinced with overwhelming weight of argument and with such intenseness of feeling.” The text of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” came from Deuteronomy 32:35: “Their foot shall slide in due time.” His sermon contained vivid biblical imagery, becoming the most famous sermon in American history.

Share

More Book Minute Features

September 21, 2020

Septembertestament

Martin Luther is best known for the 95 Theses written in 1517. But did you know he was the first to translate the Bible into an easy-to-read, everyday...
September 14, 2020

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is Utah’s first National Park. The official park tour guide explains how Zion Canyon got its name from the Bible, specifically Isai...
September 07, 2020

Ostrog Bible

Church Slavonic is the conservative Slavic liturgical language used by the Orthodox Church in Eastern European countries including Bulgaria, Russia, S...