[Milton-L] tree of life

Matthew Jordan matthewjorda at gmail.com
Sat Apr 5 12:42:42 EDT 2014


Containerization, surely? (And propagation, of course.)


On 5 April 2014 17:41, JD Fleming <jfleming at sfu.ca> wrote:

> One tradition held that A+E were immortal through constant noshing on the
> tree of life. Thus a troubling medieval counter-factual: Had they not
> fallen, but procreated, their descendants populating the globe, how wd the
> immortalizing fruit have been transported the necessary distances without
> rotting? Anyway, this would seem to be the thought Milton is thinking
> here--though it doesn't necessarily fit with those he thinks elsewhere. jdf
>
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> *From: *"Dave LTC MIL USA USMA Harper" <Dave.Harper at usma.edu>
> *To: *milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
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> *Subject: *Re: [Milton-L] tree of life
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> The arbitrariness of the injunction against the forbidden fruit (in
> parallel
> with the perhaps equally arbitrary exaltation of the Son) has never
> bothered
> me as much as the Tree of Life. I appreciate the bringing of knowledge of
> good and evil into the world through the act of disobedience, the same way
> that I sense that the parallel exaltation of the Son brings both the
> potential for disobedience along with a revelation of angelic history (I
> suspect Abdiel probably didn't know he was created by secondary hands prior
> to the exaltation).
>
> The tree of Life bothers me not only because it seems to have an inherent
> immortality-granting quality, but because (1) there was no injunction
> against eating of it and (2) it would serve no purpose in an prelapsarian
> world where apparently everything was immortal anyway. And yet, we know it
> was there, and the narrator names it such when Satan alights on it as a
> cormorant.
>
> God seems to have hedged his bets by placing an immortality-granting tree
> in
> an immortal garden, but then he takes it away when it is most needed. Any
> allegorical reference to salvation seems strained at best.
>
> Dave
>
>
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