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Jonathan Edelmann

Jonathan Edelmann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida and an Affiliate with the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions. Edelmann was an American Academy of Religion Luce Fellow in Comparative Theology and Theologies of Religious Pluralism. His book, Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhagavata Purana and Contemporary Theory (Oxford University Press) won a John Templeton Foundation Award from the Forschungszentrum Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and a Dharma Academy of North America Book Prize.

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Edelmann has published book chapters with Columbia University Press, Oxford University Press, and the New Delhi Centre for Studies in Civilizations, as well as articles in journals like the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of the American Oriental Society, Zygon, the Journal of Consciousness Studies, and the Journal of Vaishnava Studies.

Role in the Project: Jonathan Edelmann has organized multiple reading groups and panels at academic conferences on the Bhāgavata Purāṇa and the commentarial traditions, and he will organize more in the future.

Bhagavata-related Publications:

  • Edelmann, Jonathan. 2012. Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Edelmann, Jonathan. 2018. “Bhāgavatapurāṇa.” Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Edited by Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, and Vasudha Narayanan. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.

  • Edelmann, Jonathan. 2018. “Śrīdharasvāmin.”  Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Edited by Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, and Vasudha Narayanan. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.

  • Edelmann, Jonathan. 2015. “The Cause of Devotion in Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Theology: Devotion (bhakti) as the Result of Spontaneously (yadṛcchayā) Meeting a Devotee (sādhu-saṅga)." Journal of the American Oriental Society. Volume 135, Issue Number 1, Pages 49-69.

  • 2014“Agency in the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Tradition.” Co-authored with Satyanārāyaṇa Dāsa. Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy. Edited by Edwin Bryant and Matthew Dasti. New York, New York. Oxford University Press. Chapter 12. Pages 279-307.

  • Edelmann, Jonathan. 2013. “Dialogues on Natural Theology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa’s Cosmology as Religious Practice.” The Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Sacred Text and Living Tradition. Edited by Ravi M. Gupta and Kenneth R. Valpey. New York, New York: Columbia University Press. Chapter 3. Pages 48-62.

  • Edelmann, Jonathan. 2012. “When Stones Float and Mud Speaks: Scriptural Authority and Personal Experience in Jīvagosvāmin’s Sarvasaṃvādinī.” Co-authored with Satyanārāyaṇa Dāsa.  ournal of Hindu Studies, Volume 7, Issue Number 1, Pages 70-97.

  • Edelmann, Jonathan. 2009. “Argument and Persuasion: A Brief Study of Kīrtana in the Bhāgavata Purāna.” Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Volume17, Issue 2, Spring, Pages 37-56.​

  • Edelmann, Jonathan. 2005. Modernity’s Warfare in Life & Religion: A Meeting with Charles Darwin and the Bhāgavata Purāṇa.” Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Volume 13, Issue 2, Pages 113-126.


Jonathan Edelmann

Department of Religion
107 Anderson Hall
P. O. Box 117410
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7410

(352) 392-1625

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