Samson the Judge: Religion and Violence in Milton's SAMSON AGONISTES
University of Miami - School of Law
March 6, 2009
University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-16
In this provocation, John Milton's SAMSON AGONISTES is read paying attention to the legal language and taking seriously that Samson is a judge. This reading connects Samson's story to the judge's duty to preserve confidences. It emphasizes that decisions and secrets are not things that judges give, but are avowals of themselves. In looking at a story from the Book of Judges, it adds to the Coverian literature by emphasizing that in the Hebrew prophetic literature, judges precede the state.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: Judging, Samson, Milton
JEL Classification: K40
Date posted: March 18, 2009 ; Last revised: April 23, 2009
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