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The sources of Paradise Lost are Milton's voluminous reading. The story of Adam and Eve and the temptation comes from the first few chapters of the Book of Genesis.
The story of the War in Heaven does not occur in one single place. References to it occur in the Book of Revelation, the last book in the New Testament. Other places where hints of a great war and of Hell are to be found include the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament and what are called the apocryphal books of the Old Testament. Milton also adds some details from the Book of Ezekiel, also in the Old Testament.
The vast majority of the allusions and references are to the Bible and to the Greek and Latin classics. There are also references to Arthurian legend, Italian epics, and earlier English literature, especially the work of Spenser, the author of the moral epic The Faerie Queene.