[Milton-L] from unlibidinous to non-jealous
Daniel W. Doerksen
dwd at unb.ca
Tue Jul 26 17:24:02 EDT 2011
"without libido" = "they were not jealous, nor did they lust after Eve"
I have aquestion about the use of "jealous" here. God characterizes himself
as jealous in the Bible, and Donne claims a somewhat similar jealous love
in "A Hymn to Christ":
But Thou would's have that love Thyself; as Thou
Art jealous, Lord, so I am jealous now;
Thou lov'st not, till from loving more, Thou free
My soul: whoever gives, takes liberty;
O, if Thou car's not whom I love,
Alas, Thou lov'st not me.
Maybe the term to use is "envious."
At 04:16 AM 7/26/2011, you wrote:
>"Sons of God" in the plural is a very common designation for angels in
>the OT, but it's sometimes used to refer to human beings in general
>(at least once in the Psalms), and never (to my knowledge) to both
>human beings and angels as a single group. I also understood the
>lines in question to mean that since the angels loved without libido,
>they were not jealous, nor did they lust after Eve.
>We can take the inverse of that claim and get a sense of what Milton
>means by "libinidous love" by saying that love with libido is jealous
>and does lust. Since Milton clearly believed in prelapsarian sex,
>then this sex was with desire uncharacterized by lust, and without
>jealousy. Understanding the difference between sexual desire with
>lust and sexual desire without it is the key. My guess is that the
>former is focused on the satisfaction of one's own appetites, while
>the latter is focused on one's partner.
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Daniel W. Doerksen
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