[Milton-L] Satan and the Pharisees

Grewell, Cory L. CGrewell at thiel.edu
Tue Jun 14 17:27:48 EDT 2011

A part of the larger argument I'm working on making is that Satan, in rejecting the Son, also rejects grace (or, if you want, rejects the two consecutively or what have you).  There is an analogy to the way that (many) Pharisees reject Christ in the gospels, and of course the Pharisees that do reject Christ are aligned with the law and against grace (e.g. the Judaizers in Galatians).  
All of this serves as a subpoint in the larger argument about grace and justice in PL, and I'm fairly sure I've seen the analogy between the Pharisees in the gospels and Satan in PL in published criticism, but I can't remember where, and I'd like to cite the appropriate source, if anyone remembers what it is.
Dr. Cory Lowell Grewell
Assistant Professor of English
Thiel College
75 College Ave
Greenville, PA  16125


From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu on behalf of Dario Rivarossa
Sent: Tue 6/14/2011 5:03 PM
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Subject: [Milton-L] Satan and the Pharisees

>Do you mean that Hitler made this comparison? Or that good ol'
Somebody compared H. to S.?

The former solution, tho' quite jokingly. Hitler and his gang
'thought' (thought!?) that Jesus 'in truth' was an Arian preacher, and
this is why the Jews hated him...

Anyway, it is true that Satan rejected the Son 'as' several Jews did,
but the gospels show that the Pharisees were not Jesus' worst enemies:
some were among his friends. And, all in all, I think that Milton
preferably used the "literary Pharisees" (i.e. not those in the flesh,
but the characters as they were depicted in the New Testament) not so
much a pattern to describe Satan as rather the Catholic Church, or
established religion in general. But, would need to check it more
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