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It Is Written: Paradise Regained: Words that Count

Annabel Annabel

in Milton's Words

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573462
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702112 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573462.003.0006
It Is Written: Paradise Regained: Words that Count

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This chapter examines the importance of the keyword Scripture in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Regained. In this work Milton confronted the special status of biblical texts and gave Scripture a special status in his canon. It analyses Paradise Regained and suggests that it was clearly a heretic text consistent with Milton's increasing fascination with Socinianism and its belief that the Crucifixion could not really be the centre of Christianity.

Keywords: Paradise Regained; John Milton; Scripture; epic poem; heretic text; Socinianism

Chapter.  8460 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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