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Annabel Patterson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573462.001.0001

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It Is Written: Paradise Regained: Words that Count

It Is Written: Paradise Regained: Words that Count

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(p.114) It Is Written: Paradise Regained: Words that Count
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Milton's Words
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Annabel Annabel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573462.003.0006

This chapter examines the importance of the keyword Scripture in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Regained. In this work Milton confronted the special status of biblical texts and gave Scripture a special status in his canon. It analyses Paradise Regained and suggests that it was clearly a heretic text consistent with Milton's increasing fascination with Socinianism and its belief that the Crucifixion could not really be the centre of Christianity.

Keywords:   Paradise Regained, John Milton, Scripture, epic poem, heretic text, Socinianism

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