Cover image for Milton and the Parables of Jesus: Self-Representation and the Bible in John Milton’s Writings By David V. Urban

Milton and the Parables of Jesus

Self-Representation and the Bible in John Milton’s Writings

David V. Urban

COMING IN DECEMBER

$70.00 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-08099-4
Coming in December

296 pages
6" × 9"
2018

Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies

Milton and the Parables of Jesus

Self-Representation and the Bible in John Milton’s Writings

David V. Urban

In Milton and the Parables of Jesus, David V. Urban examines Milton’s self-referential use of figures from the New Testament parables in his works of poetry and prose.

 

  • Description
  • Bio
  • Subjects
In Milton and the Parables of Jesus, David V. Urban examines Milton’s self-referential use of figures from the New Testament parables in his works of poetry and prose.

Urban’s informative introduction explores the history of parable interpretation and the writings of the Reformed sixteenth- and seventeenth-century biblical commentators, including John Calvin, Matthew Poole, and John Trapp, whose approaches to interpreting the parables resemble Milton's own. Urban then goes on to analyze Milton’s early poetry and prose; his great epic, Paradise Lost; and his final major poetic works, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. By chronologically tracing Milton’s habit of identifying himself both directly and indirectly with figures represented in Jesus’s parables, Urban delves deeply into the development of Milton’s attitudes toward himself, God, and society.

This comprehensive study opens up a new avenue of inquiry regarding Milton’s hermeneutic of parables. Urban’s insightful analysis will be invaluable to scholars and students of John Milton, early modern Christianity and literature, and the Reformation.

David V. Urban is Professor of English at Calvin College. He is the co-editor of Visionary Milton: Essays on Prophecy and Violence and John Milton: An Annotated Bibliography, 1989-1999.

Mailing List

Subscribe to our mailing list and be notified about new titles, journals and catalogs.