John Bunyan's Master Story
The "Holy War" as Battle Allegory in Religious and Biblical Context
This study demonstrates that with The Holy War, John Bunyan created a literary masterpiece in the tradition of Psychomania by Prudentius and set the standard by which to judge battle allegories. This analysis reveals the roots of Bunyan's genius in both his theological and literary sensibilities, shaped by Luther and Foxe, and his comprehensive understanding of the biblical plot or "master story." This work details biblical foundations and literary devices employed by Bunyan which have remained unnoticed in previous studies, while also engaging themes or motifs of importance to him as a writer and thinker.
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"Dr. Daniel Runyon brings two notable strengths to this study of John Bunyan's The Holy War. One is his thorough knowledge of the English Bible, roughly comparable to Bunyan's own. Another is his informed interest in the intricacies of the sanctified Christian life seen under the metaphor of continuing warfare." - Dr. U. Milo Kaufmann University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Dr. Runyon provides a sensitive and nuanced treatment of one of the greatest spiritual writers of all times. Focusing on John Bunyan's less known, but equally important work, The Holy War, Dr. Runyon weaves together a beautiful mosaic of insight from great thinkers in the present to illuminate one of Christianity's great texts from the past... Dr. Runyon's book provides ample assistance in understanding Bunyan's influence in the past and his relevance for today." - Dr. Gayle D. Beebe President Spring Arbor University"