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Paradise Regained And The Art Of The Incarnation

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Paradise Regained is a poem of the dual nature: it returns repeatedly to the incarnation and nativity; it considers Christ in the context of his relationship to Mary as well as to God the Father, reminding us of the heavenly and human aspects of the Son; The main subject of the poem, the wilderness temptations, are directly relevant to the question of the Son's dual nature, because they can act only on his humanity, thereby revealing his divinity in a process of the absent or invisible becoming present and discernable that is characteristic of all of John Milton's writing on the passion. Paradise Regained is the fullest expression of Milton's substitution of the incarnation as a rewriting of the passion. It is an alternative model of the passion, which for Milton better conveys the nature of the Son and his sacrifice.

Keywords: Christ; Paradise Regained; Son's incarnation

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