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Re: Psalm 46
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0082.  Tuesday, 30 January 1996.

(1)     From:   Ian H. Doescher <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Jan 1996 17:23:29 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Psalm 46

(2)     From:   Bill Glaser <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Jan 96 19:08 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0079  Qs: Shakespeare & the Bible

(3)     From:   John Cox <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Jan 1996 11:43:10 +0000 (gmt)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0079 Qs: Shakespeare & the Bible


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From:           Ian H. Doescher <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Jan 1996 17:23:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Psalm 46

Jeff Questad writes:

>Just read Anthony Burgess' speculations on Shakespeare's possible contributions
>to the King James Bible in 1610.  (He suggests the 46th Psalm, the 46th word of
>which is "shake" and the 46th word from the end of is "spear", was written by
>WS and that this is the kind of pun he was likely to include in this less than
>public work).

I don't have any other ideas about what else might be Shakespeare's, but I
heard this story to a different tune.  The speculation I heard implied that the
publishers of this edition of the King James Bible meant the 46th Psalm as a
tribute to Shakespeare.  Further evidence of this stems from the fact that
1610, when the edition was published, was Shakespeare's 46th birthday.

Ian Doescher

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From:           Bill Glaser <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Jan 96 19:08 EST
Subject: 7.0079  Qs: Shakespeare & the Bible
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0079  Qs: Shakespeare & the Bible

Or how about verses from Shakespeare that smell like Biblical Greek?

Regards,
Bill Glaser

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From:           John Cox <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Jan 1996 11:43:10 +0000 (gmt)
Subject: 7.0079 Qs: Shakespeare & the Bible
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0079 Qs: Shakespeare & the Bible

I hope Antony Burgess doesn't claim originality for the psalmist's pun on
"Shakespeare."  I first heard it thirty years ago.  The best work on
Shakespeare and the Bible is by Naseeb Shaheen.

John Cox
 

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