The Devil's Mousetrap: Redemption and Colonial American Literature

The Devil's Mousetrap: Redemption and Colonial American Literature

by Linda Munk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195114949

ISBN-13: 9780195114942

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Devil's Mousetrap approaches the thought of three colonial New England divines—Increase Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and Edward Taylor—from the perspective of literary theory. Author Linda Munk focuses on the background of these men's ideas and on the sources from which they drew, both directly and indirectly, in framing their theology. She notes that

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The Devil's Mousetrap approaches the thought of three colonial New England divines—Increase Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and Edward Taylor—from the perspective of literary theory. Author Linda Munk focuses on the background of these men's ideas and on the sources from which they drew, both directly and indirectly, in framing their theology. She notes that the language used in the pulpit by Mather, Edwards, and Taylor is full of allusions to the Bible and Apocrypha, to Puritan treatises, and to post-biblical exegesis, Jewish and Christian. Munk proceeds to unpack many allusions that have, for the most part, proven to be unclear to contemporary readers, in order to provide essential insights into the construction of Puritan theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195114942
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The Devil's Mousetrap3
2Jonathan Edwards and the Angel of the Lord: A History of the Work of Redemption24
3The Age of Messiah: Increase Mather and the Conversion of the Jews47
4Edward Taylor and the Feast of Tabernacles70
Afterword95
Notes105
Index139

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