Biblical Interpretation and Early Transatlantic Evangelicalism

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 propose to co-host a conference on Biblical Interpretation and Early Transatlantic Evangelicalism.

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. 

Two recent academic developments have largely inspired the vision for this conference. The first is the recent interest devoted to Jonathan Edwards as an exegete. Scholars like Douglas Sweeney, Robert Brown, and Stephen Stein have shed important light on Edwards’ theology, ministry, and context by engaging his exegesis. The second is the publication of Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana by a team of scholars under the editorial leadership of Reiner Smolinski and Jan Stievermann. These volumes (so far Vol. 1, 3, 4, and 5 have been published) have yielded tremendous insight into early American literature, intellectual history, and religious expression.

However, more work is needed to understand the role of biblical interpretation in the early evangelical movement from a transatlantic perspective, as well as the important (but largely neglected) role of evangelicals in the broader history of biblical interpretation.

Student scholarships will be available at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.


Conference Speakers: TBD


Friday | September 21, 2018

 7:30 AM  Check In
 8:30 AM  Session 1
 10:00 AM  Session 2
 11:30 AM  Lunch
 1:00 PM  Session 3
 2:30 PM  Parallel Sessions
 5:30 PM  Dinner
 7:00 PM  Session 4
 8:30 PM  Dessert Reception

Saturday | September 22, 2018

 8:30 AM  Session 5
 10:00 AM  Session 6
 11:30 AM  Lunch
 1:30 PM  Session 7
 3:00 PM  Session 8
 4:30 PM  Session 9


Regular Rate | $125

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All Credit Cards Accepted.

Student scholarships will be available at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.

Registration Terms and Conditions

Refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds must be requested before August 21, 2018. A $25.00 processing fee per registrant will be charged. Refunds cannot be granted for any reason after August 21, 2018.

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Conference Course Credit

Would you like to attend the conference and earn credit towards your degree? Join Dr. Shawn Wright in 25120: Church History 2.

Students will attend all of the conferences. Each student is responsible for their own travel and lodging.


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Live Stream

The conference sessions will be live streamed.

Video and audio of the general sessions and audio of the breakout sessions will be available following the conference on our Resources page.

We hope you will join us online!

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