Transcription and Edited Formats

Transcription and Edited Formats

The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University (JEC) has as its primary mission making available the complete writings of the eighteenth-century theologian, philosopher, and revivalist in print and online formats. On the JEC's website (edwards.yale.edu) Edwards' writings are presented in literal transcription and in edited forms. In the interest of making edited versions of his writings, especially sermons, available in a more efficient manner, and to further its educational mission by encouraging interested users to engage historic texts, the JEC announces its Global Accelerated Sermon Editing Project. Through this initiative, users can volunteer to become editors of Edwards' sermons under the auspices of the JEC staff and through the JEC's online training, revision, and submission tools.

Edwards' Sermon Corpus

Edwards' Sermon Corpus

Approximately 1200 of Edwards' sermons have survived in manuscript. They can roughly be divided into two groups: those dating from 1720 to 1741 are, for the most part, fully written out; while those from 1742 to 1758 are, again for the most part, outlined. The bulk of the entire sermon collection has been transcribed, but needs to be edited. This is where the Global Accelerated Editing Project comes in: accelerating the production of edited sermons, so that they can be available to the general reading public.

How to Volunteer

How to Volunteer

If you are a scholar, pastor, graduate student, or interested lay person who would like participate in the Edwards project, this is your opportunity to work with an original Edwards text that has not been heard since he first preached it. Sermon editors will work from digitized, proofread sermon transcripts. Along with these files, editors will be supplied with a list of editorial conventions, orthographical assistance, and the guidance of the JEC staff.

Aside from making the texts available to others, transcribers have the privilege of acquiring new information and, in some cases, new skills. Furthermore, those who edit manuscripts are given full credit for their work on the project website and in any publications that may result. Transcribers and proofreaders are welcome to keep an electronic copy of their edited text, and they have full freedom to use the text non-commercially in their own pastoral or scholarly work.

The Process

The Process

Simply send an email to the JEC at edwards@yale.edu to indicate your interest in volunteering as a sermon editor. Once you are accepted, you will be guided through the editing process.

The Publication

The Publication

The edited sermons will be published online (edwards.yale.edu) or in letterpress edition.

Edwards Sermon Project
Global Accelerated Editing