Abstract

Abstract:

This article contends that John Milton's use of reverse typology to connect Samson Agonistes and Paradise Regained has both theological precedent and historical implications. Reformed exegesis and Arianism provide theological contexts through which to understand Milton's placement of the New Testament Son before the Old Testament Samson. The complexity of Miltonic typology offers an implicit commentary on vapid Restoration typologies that mindlessly identify Stuart monarchs with Old Testament kings. Finally, the article shows that typology supplies a means by which Milton legitimates Samson's act of religious violence.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0383
Print ISSN
0039-3738
Pages
pp. 758-783
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-30
Open Access
No
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