[Milton-L] Milton on the Sacred and the Profane?

Jeffrey Shoulson jshoulson at miami.edu
Tue Aug 22 11:34:18 EDT 2006

Though I haven't directly addressed the purity/impurity question in  
my own research, it seems to me the place to start is in Michael  
Lieb's magisterial Poetics of the Holy.  The final section of  
Michael's exhaustively researched book is called "Res Sacrae" and it  
includes numerous references to the Levitical holiness code.
Hope that helps.
Jeffrey Shoulson

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On Aug 22, 2006, at 3:06 AM, Horace Jeffery Hodges wrote:

> Has much been written on Milton's concept of what is
> usually called "the sacred and the profane"?
> I'm curious as to how Milton understands Leviticus
> 10:10, which requires that the Israelites "distinguish
> between the holy and the common and between the impure
> and the pure."
> Does Milton anywhere discuss this verse or present the
> holy and the impure as 'contagious' dynamic forces?
> Does he understand the "common" (the profane) as
> intrinsically pure but capable of being 'contaminated'
> by the holy or the impure?
> Does he distinguish between the two conceptions of the
> holy? On the one hand as a divine dynamic force but on
> the other hand as a purified object set apart in
> dedication to God?
> I've been looking but so far haven't found much
> written on this topic. I imagine Jason Rosenblatt or
> Jeffrey Shoulson might have written something...
> Jeffery Hodges
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