"Not in their idol-worship, but by labor": The Sabbath and the Book of Isaiah in Samson Agonistes. Forthcoming in Milton Studies.
"Spinoza's Translation of Margaret Fell and His Portrayal of Judaism in the Theological-Political Treatise." Forthcoming in The Seventeenth Century. Advance online publication Oct. 31, 2017. doi: 10.1080/0268117X.2017.1395355.
"Defining Religion in Milton." Co-edited with Stephen Fallon. Religion and Literature 45.1 (Spring 2013): 132-208.
Princely Education in Early Modern Britain, by Aysha Pollnitz. Journal of British Studies 56.3 (2017): 651-52.
Rhetoric, Science, and Magic in Seventeenth-Century England, by Ryan J. Stark. Religion and Literature 43.1 (2011): 199-201.
Work in Progress:
My current book project is tentatively titled Remembering the Sabbath: Law, Labor, and Liberty in Seventeenth-Century English Literature. It examines the lively debates about Sabbath-keeping in the period and demonstrates that they were not merely disputes about the Book of Sports and “old holiday pastimes,” as is often supposed, but also discussions about Christianity’s relationship to the Hebrew Bible and Jewish culture. Focusing especially on depictions of the Sabbath in the period’s literature, I show that Christian authors engaged deeply with Jewish teachings about the Sabbath and sabbatical years in the Hebrew Bible and Kabbalistic texts as they re-examined the meaning of their own Sabbath. As Christian writers studied these Jewish texts, I argue, they both came to scorn what they saw as legalism surrounding the Jewish Sabbath and also came to regard the Jewish Sabbath as an important symbol of and call to the work of freeing the oppressed. I begin the study with the pamphlets of Laudians, Puritans, and religious radicals; move to the lyrics of Robert Herrick and Andrew Marvell; continue on to John Milton’s divorce tracts, Paradise Lost, and Samson Agonistes; and conclude with Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.