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The Johannine Renaissance in Early Modern English Literature and Theology


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Introduction: The Johannine Renaissance 1: The Flesh Profiteth Nothing: John 6, the Bread of Life, and Devotional Poetry of Belief 2: Noli Me Tangere and the Reception of Mary Magdalene in Early Modern England 3: Spiritual Comfort and Assurance: The Role of the Paraclete in Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Polemic 4: God is Love: Johannine Agape and Early Modern Devotional Poetry 5: Johannine Dualism, Antinomianism, and Early Modern English Radical Dissent 6: Discipleship Misunderstanding and Johannine Irony in the Poetry of George Herbert and Henry Vaughan Afterword: The Johannine Enchantment of the World Selected Bibliography: Primary Works Selected Bibliography: Secondary Works

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Paul Cefalu is the Frank Lee and Edna M. Smith Professor in the Department of English at Lafayette College.


interesting and often illuminating * Gillian Hubbard, Victoria University of Wellington, Parergon *
This book is a momentous accomplishment. I know much more than I did before reading it and my thinking, on macro and micro levels, has been permanently changed by it. It has my highest endorsement. * John E. Curran, Jr., Milton Quarterly *
This brief summary cannot do justice to the subtlety of Cefalu's finely-nuanced theological explorations. He commands not only the biblical, Patristic, and early modern texts, but also modern theologian's understandings of John, and he writes about complicated theological questions with clarity and insight... Anyone could learn something from this book. * Kenneth J.E. Graham, Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Reforme *
Paul Cefalu's magisterial and potentially revolutionizing study invites a fresh perspective on our understanding, not only of early modern literature, but also of post-Reformation theology and devotion. ... This is an important study in its own right, composed by a scholar working at the peak of his powers, inspired by an idea distinguished for its originality, and enriched for the reader by a density of thought that is leavened and decorated by the inclusion of seven handsome illustrations. * Russell M. Hillier, The George Herbert Journal *
In The Johannine Renaissance in Early Modern English Literature and Theology, Paul Cefalu offers a brilliantly conceived, revisionist account of how John's Gospel and First Epistle are used by a wide range of early modern English authors. ... Despite the much-vaunted 'religious turn' of recent years, there are still many areas of current early modern scholarship that would benefit from the kind of immersion in religious debate that Cefalu models so expertly here. * Adrian Streete, English: Journal of the English Association *
In this learned, densely-argued study, Paul Cefalu shows how the writings ascribed to St. John the Evangelist exerted quiet but powerful influence in early modern England... Professor Cefalu explores the Fourth Gospel's imaginative imprint across a broad range of religious discourse... This mode of exploring Johannine influence usefully cross-cuts the confessional binaries that frequently define the consideration of early modern religious writing, disclosing unexpected common ground among Catholic and Protestant authors, as well as deepening connections between the magisterial and radical strains of Reformation thought. * James Ross Macdonald, Seventeenth-Century News *

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