Milton and the Parables of Jesus
- Publication date: October 31, 2018 (forthcoming)
- Publisher: Penn State University Press
- Page count: 350
- ISBN: 978-0820707075
While a considerable body of scholarship has been devoted to John Milton's use of the Bible as an imaginative and structural framework for his own writings, this study is unique in focusing on the relationship between those writings and the parables of the New Testament.
As Urban demonstrates, Milton went far beyond the standard practices of Reformed Puritan scriptural interpretation, incorporating the larger ideals he found in the parables while relating those also to his own self-conception and self-presentation. Indeed, Milton's relationship to the parables of Jesus reveals a new and helpful way to understand both Milton the man and the most prominent Miltonic characters--who, as many have noted, bear distinct resemblances to their creator. Just as importantly, this study extends our understanding of early modern conceptions of selfhood and self-image.
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