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The devil's mousetrap : redemption and colonial American literature

Author: Linda Munk
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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This study approaches the thought of three colonial New England divines - Increase Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and Edward Taylor - from the perspective of literary criticism. Author Linda Munk focuses on the background of these men's ideas and the sources from which they drew, directly and indirectly, in framing their theology. She notes that the language used in the pulpit by Mather, Edwards, and Taylor is full of  Read more...
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Named Person: Jonathan Edwards; Edward Taylor; Increase Mather; Increase Mather; Increase Mather; Edward (Schriftsteller 1642-1729) Taylor; Jonathan (Theologe 1703-1758) Edwards
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Munk
ISBN: 0195114949 9780195114942
OCLC Number: 35305137
Description: xii, 144 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The devil's mousetrap --
Jonathan Edwards and the Angel of the Lord : A history of the work of redemption --
The age of Messiah : Increase Mather and the conversion of the Jews --
Edward Taylor and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Responsibility: Linda Munk.
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This study approaches the thought of three colonial New England divines - Increase Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and Edward Taylor - from the perspective of literary criticism. Author Linda Munk focuses on the background of these men's ideas and the sources from which they drew, directly and indirectly, in framing their theology. She notes that the language used in the pulpit by Mather, Edwards, and Taylor is full of allusions to the Bible and the Apocrypha, to Puritan treatises, and, most remarkably, to post-biblical exegesis, Jewish and Christian. She proceeds to unpack these allusions that have, for the most part, proven to be unclear to contemporary readers, in order to provide essential insights into the construction of Puritan theology.

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