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The Mosaic Constitution: Political Theology and Imagination from Machiavelli to Milton

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It is a common belief that scripture has no place in modern, secular politics. Graham Hammill challenges this notion in The Mosaic Constitution, arguing that Mosesandrsquo;s constitution of Israel, which created people bound by the rule of law, was central to early modern writings about government and state.
Hammill shows how political writers from Machiavelli to Spinoza drew on Mosaic narrative to imagine constitutional forms of government. At the same time, literary writers like Christopher Marlowe, Michael Drayton, and John Milton turned to Hebrew scripture to probe such fundamental divisions as those between populace and multitude, citizenship and race, and obedience and individual choice. As these writers used biblical narrative to fuse politics with the creative resources of language, Mosaic narrative also gave them a means for exploring divine authority as a product of literary imagination. The first book to place Hebrew scripture at the cutting edge of seventeenth-century literary and political innovation, The Mosaic Constitution offers a fresh perspective on political theology and the relations between literary representation and the founding of political communities.

About the Author

Graham Hammill is associate professor of English at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is the author of Sexuality and Form and coeditor of Political Theology and Early Modernity, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

1. Introduction

Part One: Moses and Political Theology

2. Machiavelli and Hebrew Scripture 

3. Spinoza and the Theological Imaginary 

Part Two: The Mosaic Constitution in England: Sovereignty, Government, Literature,1590-1630

4. Marlowe and the Counter-Reformation 

5. Drayton and the Plague 

Part Three: Political Making, Literary Making, 1651-1671

6. Marvells Mosaic Moment 

7. Harringtons Poetics of Government 

8. Paradise Regained and the Limits of Toleration 

Notes 

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226315423
Author:
Hammill, Graham L.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Hammill, Graham
Subject:
European
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 halftones
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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