Rev. Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was born in East Windsor, Connecticut on October 5, 1703 to Rev. Timothy and Esther Edwards. He attended Yale for both undergraduate and graduate studies, graduating in 1722. He became pastor in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1726, succeeding his grandfather Solomon Stoddard. Johnathan Edwards died on March 22, 1758.
Jonathan Edwards was an influential revivalist minister; his first public attack against Arminianism, a philosophy which moderated Calvinism’s views on predestination, was delivered in Boston in 1731. Under his pastorate, Northampton underwent a major revival between 1733 and 1734. Joseph Bellamy was one of Johnathan Edward’s protégés and learned theology from Edwards in Northampton before his ordination in 1740 as pastor of the Congregational Church in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Joseph Bellamy remained the minister in Bethlehem until his death in 1790. Bellamy remained a close friend of Johnathan Edwards throughout his life. Bellamy published 22 books during his lifetime, the most famous of which was True Religion Delineated, published in 1750. Bellamy, much like Edwards, became a significant voice in the First Great Awakening.