Milton's Paradise Lost: "Plot" vs. "Narration" Order of Episodes
Episodes in black occur in Genesis, if they involve Adam and Eve, in the Gospels if they are Raphael's forecasted events in the life of Jesus, or in later Christian theologians' "mirash" or "glossing" of metaphysical events such as Jesus' liberation from Hell of Adam, Moses, and other pre-Christian sacred ancestors (the "Harrowing" or sorting out of Hell). Episodes in blue are Milton's invention or borrowing from later biblical tradition, etc. In the narration order, passages in red are narrated summaries of events in flashback (Books 4-8) or "flash-forward" (Books 11-12), while time stands still in the frame narrative of the Fallen Angels and Eden.
The Plot of Paradise Lost
The Narration of Paradise Lost
Book 1 & 2: Fallen Angels’ State in Hell, Debate, and Resolution to Attempt Destruction of Humanity
Book 2: Satan’s Flight to Eden
Book 3: The Father in Heaven Foresees the Fall and The Son in Heaven Volunteers to Sacrifice Himself to Redeem Humanity
Book 4: & 1st Temptation of Eve (in dreams) but Angel Guards Frustrate Satan.
Books 4-8: Raphael Tells Adam of Angelic Rebellion, Fall of Angels, and Danger to Adam and Eve, and Eden’s Creation.
Book 9: Satan’s Second Temptation of Eve, and Eve’s of Adam—The Fall from Grace
Book 10: God Detects the Fall, Judges Adam and Eve.
Books 11-12: Michael Tells Adam of Future History from Incarnation to Eschaton While Eve Is Taught in Dreams; Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden