Miltons Messiah: The Son of God in the Works of John Milton by Russell M. Hillier

Miltons Messiah: The Son of God in the Works of John Milton

byRussell M. Hillier

Hardcover | February 20, 2011

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Milton's Messiah provides the first comprehensive book-length analysis of the nature and significance of the Son of God in Milton's poetry and theology. The book engages with Biblical and Patristic theology, Reformation and post-Reformation thought, and the original Latin of the treatise DeDoctrina Christiana, to argue for a radical reassessment of Milton's doctrine of the atonement and its importance for understanding Milton's poetics. In the footsteps of Dennis Danielson's Milton's Good God, this study responds to William Empson's celebrated portrayal of Milton's God as a deityinvoking dread and awe, and instead locates the ultimately affirming presence of mercy, grace, and charity in Milton's epic vision. Challenging the attribution of an Arian or Socinian model to Milton's conception of the Son, this interdisciplinary interpretation marshals theological, philological,philosophical, and literary-critical methods to establish, for the first time, not only the centrality of the Son and his salvific office for Milton's oeuvre, but also the variety of ways in which the Son's restorative influence is mediated through the scenes, characters, actions, and utterances ofParadise Lost and Paradise Regain'd. From the allegorical sites Satan encounters as he voyages through the cosmos, to Eve's first taste of the Forbidden Fruit, to the incarnate Son's perilous situation poised atop the Temple pinnacle, Hillier illustrates how a redemptive poetics upholds Milton's proclaimed purpose to assert eternalprovidence and justify God's ways. This original study should court debate and controversy alike over Milton's priorities as a poet and a religious thinker.

About The Author

Russell M. Hillier was born in the West Country of England. He took his BA and MA degrees in Classics and English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, and in 2008 he completed his Ph.D at Selwyn College, Cambridge University. He has published numerous articles in journals that include Milton Quarterly, Milton Studies, Studies...

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Title:Miltons Messiah: The Son of God in the Works of John MiltonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Notes on Texts and AbbreviationsIntroduction1. The Nature of Milton's Son and His Justification of Men's Ways to God: Things Indifferent?2. Milton's Great Argument3. "Matter new to gaze": Satan's Blindness and the Manifestation of Milton's Sacramental Universe4. "On other surety none": Raphael's Temporal and Spatial Passion Allegories5. The Good Communicated: Milton's Drama of the Fall 213-246 and the Law of Charity6. Surprised by Sin, Assured by Grace: Milton's Redeeming Irony7. Paradise Found: Milton's Messiah and the Argument of Weakness in Paradise Regain'dConclusionBibliographyIndex