[Milton-L] John Brown and Samson
ms493101 at ohio.edu
Mon Sep 25 12:50:15 EDT 2006
I'm not sure that we must read the designation of "Nazarite" as an explicit
reference to Samson. A number of OT figures took the Nazarite vows
(abstaining from product of the vine, no razor upon the head, etc.),
including the prophet Samuel. Being a Nazarite involved living a life of
self-sacrifice and deprivation. The term could highlight one who practices
an extreme version of a given religion but does not necessarily indicate an
antinomian resort to violence.
Department of Language and Literature
--On Monday, September 25, 2006 12:07 AM -0500 "Arnold, Margaret"
<mjarnold at ku.edu> wrote:
> Hello! I am in the middle of Marylynne Robinson's Giliad, and her
> narrator several times refers to his violently visionary grandpa who
> fought with John Brown in Kanas as a "Nazarite." Now I am curious. Does
> anyone know of other writers who have alluded to Samson, especially
> Milton's, to portray men like John Brown who were violent in principle
> against a system they considered a great evel?
> Your suggestions will be appreciated.
> Margaret Arnold,
> Professor Emerita,
> U of Kansas
> mjarnold at ku.edu
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