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The Language of Canaan

Metaphor and Symbol in New England from the Puritans to the Transcendentalists

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674431140

Publication Date: 11/20/1980

335 pages


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  • Introduction
  • I. The Beginnings of Figural Expression
    • 1. Medieval and Reformation Backgrounds
    • 2. The Puritan Figural Imagination and the Language of Canaan
    • 3. The Canticles Tradition
  • II. Figuralism in Late Seventeenth Century New England
    • 4. Samuel Mather: Figures, Types, and Allegories
    • 5. Taylor’s Meditations and Sermons and the Personalizing of Biblical Figures
  • III. Recapitulative Typology and Eschatology
    • 6. The Shaping of the Future: Eschatological Symbolism in Old and New England during the Seventeenth Century
    • 7. Cotton Mather’s Magnalia Christi Americana, “Biblia Americana,” and the Metaphors of Biblical History
    • 8. Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening
    • 9. Joel Barlow and the Rising Glory of America
  • IV. Epistemology and the Biblical Symbol from the Great Awakening to the American Renaissance
    • 10. Jonathan Edwards and the Knowledge of God
    • 11. From Edwards to Emerson and Thoreau: A Revaluation
  • Notes
  • Index

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