1759 Joseph Bellamy. The Nature of the Love of God in Christ. Great Awakening.

1759 Joseph Bellamy. The Nature of the Love of God in Christ. Great Awakening.

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Bellamy, Joseph. Theron, Paulinus, and Aspasio. Or, Letters and Dialogues, Upon the Nature of Love to God, Faith in Christ, Assurance of a Title to eternal Life.  Containing, Some Remarks on the Sentiments of the Revd. Messieurs Hervey and Marshall, on these Subjects. Boston: S. Kneeland, 1759. First Edition.  227pp.

Period binding with six gilt-ruled panels to spine, joints with some cracks, several chips to leather exposing board beneath, one small hole on front board patched with leather. Text near fine with no torn or missing pages, faint tidemark to margins here and there. One blank leaf present front and back, rear one is lacking the top third of the leaf. Lacking one front free end paper. Good.  

Rev. Joseph Bellamy (1719-1790), a native of Connecticut, graduated at Yale in 1735. Two years later he began to preach at age 18, and in 1740 was ordained pastor of a church in Bethlehem, Conn. In the great revival which soon spread over New England we was very active and widely useful. His evangelistic preaching in New England is noted as one of the significant ministries during the "Great Awakening." In his later years he was a faithful teacher of young men as well as a successful pastor; many of the most prominent New England divines of the late 1700’s & early 1800’s were his pupils.

See no. 1112 in Roberts, Whitefield in Print: A Bibliographical Record of Works By, For, and Against George Whitefield, where he references this first edition.