[Milton-L] moloch

diane mccolley dmccolley at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 3 11:41:08 EDT 2004

"Gut instinct":  Moloch was propitiated by child sacrifice.  Gabriel 
announced the coming of the child whose sacrifice would serve as the
propitiation of sin.  One represents hate, the other love.

From: "Duran, Angelica" <ADuran at sla.purdue.edu>
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Subject: [Milton-L] moloch
Date: Fri, Sep 3, 2004, 11:55 AM

Dear scholars,

I have a question regarding Moloch, who of course appears in PL 1.381ff and
other places in Hell.  My question concerns his appearance in PL 6.354ff.
Why is it appropriate that Gabriel fight Moloch?  Milton could have chosen a
different rebel angel for Gabriel's combat.  I have looked up the
iconographies, footnotes, biblical references, etc.; and I am still left
puzzled. References to secondary texts or your gut instinct much

May you all have a wonderful labor day weekend... even those of you not in
the U.S.


Angelica Duran
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