[Milton-L] Book about Fall of Satan?

Wittreich, Joseph JWittreich at gc.cuny.edu
Thu Dec 6 16:43:37 EST 2007

Two books I find useful are Rivkah Scharf Kluger, SATAN IN THE OLD
TESTAMENT, tr. Hildegard Nagel, Northwestern UP, 1967, and Elaine
Pagels, THE ORIGIN OF SATAN, Random House, 1995.  And of course Neil
Forsyth's wonderful book:  THE OLD ENEMY.

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Hello, all,

I'm teaching an undergraduate course on Paradise Lost in the Spring
(for the first time ever, actually; quite excited) and I would like to
do an introductory lecture on the story of the fall of Satan and his
angels in religious history as background to Milton's poem.  I was
wondering if anyone could recommend a good book that traces how this
story grew out of early apocryphal and exegetical writings of the
church fathers. Having taught parts of PL in survey courses in the
past, I know one thing that students are always surprised by is how
fragmentary the Biblical evidence is for the story of Satan's
rebellion and fall; it makes the Genesis account of the fall of Man
(which is enigmatic and elliptical enough on its own) look like a
well-developed narrative.

The early chapters of Revard's _The War of Heaven_ have been wonderful
for pointing me to particular passages in primary documents in early
church history; but I can't help thinking that must be a great book
out there that would give me the big story.  Any suggestions would be
warmly appreciated.

Zack Long
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