“Image” no. 1, Temporal Death

This visualization reveals the creational and theological network surrounding “Image” no. 1 of Jonathan Edwards’ “Images of Divine Things.” Edwards sees a dead body as a fit picture of the spiritual second death. In a similar way, sleep is a type of death, but it is also a state of spiritual unpreparedness.

Music of the Spheres

Edwards waxes Miltonian in his meditations upon the heavens and spiritual realities. “… the incomprehensible height of the heavens, etc. is but a type of the infinite magnificence, height and glory of God’s work in the spiritual world … How different is the idea from that which we have in the consideration of the dark and dire caverns and abyss down in the depths of the earth.”

Light, Darkness, and Eternity

In “Image” nos. 1, 21, 61, 64, 204, Edwards contemplates the spiritual significance of darkness and light: “The purity, beauty, sublimity and glory of the visible heavens … denotes the exaltedness and purity of …

Up and Down

Above is a visualization of ASCENT, DESCENT, HEAVEN, & HELL in the matrix of biblical images. In “Image” no. 21, Edwards notes the revelation contained in the Creator’s up/down ordering of the world: 21. The purity, beauty, sublimity and glory of the visible …

Image no. 204, the OWL

Owls and certain other creatures of the night belong to the theological category of Supernatural Beings—they typify demons with their haunting voices. Their noise points to the wailing of demons and lost souls …