The Complete Works of John Milton: Volume VIII: De Doctrina Christiana by John K. HaleThe Complete Works of John Milton: Volume VIII: De Doctrina Christiana by John K. Hale

The Complete Works of John Milton: Volume VIII: De Doctrina Christiana

EditorJohn K. Hale, J.Donald Cullington

Paperback | September 14, 2012

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The second of eleven volumes of Milton's Complete Works to be published contains his systematic theology, De Doctrina Christiana. It is his longest work and was, Milton said, his dearest possession. In it, he works out his religious beliefs from Scripture; what Scripture does not mention,such as the Trinity, he energetically refutes. The work exists in manuscript and was written in Latin for European as well as home consumption. Its chapters are conceived and arranged according to the binarizing logic devised by the Protestant martyr Ramus. De Doctrina Christiana first appeared in print nearly two hundred years ago but the previous editions are now overdue for replacement. For this ground-breaking edition, the manuscript has been freshly transcribed, with fuller textual apparatus and commentary than in any of its few predecessors.The edition aims above all at accuracy, clarity, and completeness, presenting Latin and English on facing pages, amplifying the Biblical citations where necessary, and adding extensive annotations not only on the text and its transcription but also on the content and context of Milton's ideas. Theprovenance and history of the work are expertly narrated, enabling readers to get closer than ever before to the its composition. Milton's Latin is examined in unprecedented detail, and the translation aims to reproduce the nuances and changes of register which characterize his Latin in all its individuality - from the high-flown rhetoric of his arguments in favour of divorce and polygamy, and against tithing, to the plainerstyle of those sections where he states his main points more dispassionately but bolsters them with strong and wide-ranging Biblical support. The structure of this massive edifice is clarified by the addition of charts which show the Ramist scheme he followed, whereby the primary division betweenfaith (Book One) and worship (Book Two) is mirrored by smaller and smaller subdivisions whose relationship to the whole, at a glance.
John K. Hale holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford, Durham, Edinburgh, and Otago. He taught at the University of Manitoba before settling at the University of Otago. Besides his books and essays on Milton and Shakespeare, he has published on Aristotle, Dante, Spenser, Herbert, Bentley, Austen, and Hopkins. He writes a weekl...
Title:The Complete Works of John Milton: Volume VIII: De Doctrina ChristianaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1440 pagesPublished:September 14, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and ChartsAbbreviationsEditorial CodesIntroduction1. The Making of De Doctrina2. The History of the Editing3. This New Transcription4. Sampling5. Translating Milton6. Translating the Biblical Citations7. Multilingualism in De Doctrina8. Genre, Theology, and the Ramist Arrangement9. Reading De Doctrina in this EditionContents of Milton's Chaptersle and Book One of De DoctrinaBook Two