Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) and his Angry God

posted May 27, 2010, 11:49 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated May 27, 2010, 12:03 PM ]
On 8 July 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached his most famous sermon, 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God'.  His text was the song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32:35: 'To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.'  In other words:

לִי נָקָם וְשִׁלֵּם לְעֵת תָּמוּט רַגְלָם כִּי קָרוֹב יוֹם אֵידָם וְחָשׁ עֲתִדֹת לָמוֹ׃ 


It was a big hit.  The crowd began to scream and weep, trying to hold on to the columns of the building and the chairs, believing that the floor of the church was collapsing and dropping them down, down, down to Hell.  'Fire and Brimstone Preaching' at its best.  Click the link above...if you dare...