Samson the Judge: Religion and Violence in Milton's SAMSON AGONISTES

10 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2009 Last revised: 23 Apr 2009

Robert Rosen

University of Miami - School of Law

Date Written: March 6, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Judging, Samson, Milton

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Rosen, Robert, Samson the Judge: Religion and Violence in Milton's SAMSON AGONISTES (March 6, 2009). University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1354796 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1354796

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