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The Devil's Mousetrap : Redemption and Colonial American Literature - Linda Munk

The Devil's Mousetrap

Redemption and Colonial American Literature

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Published: 1st August 1997
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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.

"Munk's readings are sensitive and detailed. She works carefully through etymologies in several languages to achieve precision in key terms....The refreshing prose style adds to the value of a book that is both creative and rigorous in its scholarship, essential reading for those who would understand the Puritan mind."--Seventeenth-Century News "Munk's readings are sensitive and detailed. She works carefully through etymologies in several languages to achieve precision in key terms....The refreshing prose style adds to the value of a book that is both creative and rigorous in its scholarship, essential reading for those who would understand the Puritan mind."--Seventeenth-Century News

The Devil's Mousetrapp. 3
Jonathan Edwards and the Angel of the Lord: A History of the Work of Redemptionp. 24
The Age of Messiah: Increase Mather and the Conversion of the Jewsp. 47
Edward Taylor and the Feast of Tabernaclesp. 70
Afterwordp. 95
Notesp. 105
Indexp. 139
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ISBN: 9780195114942
ISBN-10: 0195114949
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st August 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 14.5  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.37