John Milton – “Paradise Lost” Book 12 (ctd.)

This excerpt is not very interesting because it’s still Michael summarizing the Pentateuch for Adam: ten Egyptian plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, God choosing to reside in the Ark as a sign of his special preference for Israelites, the Ten Commandments, and the battle when Moses stopped the sun. A few interesting points: Milton explains that it tool Israelites so long to reach the Promised Land because first they had to get some martial training; otherwise, they would turn back and go back to Egypt, as anyone would. He also keeps on pushing his republican agenda, emphasizing the founding of the council of Seventy Elders. He also draws attention to Christian typology, i.e. how the events in the Old Testament prefigure the events in the New, for instance how Moses is a type of Messiah as the mediator between God and men.

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