Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0483. Wednesday, 26 June 1996.
Date: Wednesday, 26 Jun 1996 07:30:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Shakespeare's Hebrew
I too was sad to see Florence Amit go. Some of us think Shakespeare may have
been a linguistic genius. There is evidence for it. In fact, there is a
coherent theory of the author that suggests he knew not only French and Italian
but Latin and Greek as well (Honest Ben Jonson can be read both ways on this).
And this Shakespeare, with his profound interest in the secret power of
language, sacred ritual and Kabbalah (see Francis Yates, Noel Cobb, Jean Paris,
among many others), might easily have wished to understand the Old Testament in
it's original language. And loving puns, one can even imagine this Shakespeare
punning between the tongues.
Then there is another theory of the author that simply doesn't want to hear it,
a theory that makes him dumb, and dumber. Proponents of this theory sometimes
express concern that they sound "superior". Not to worry. How else could they
Anyway, too bad for Florence. I guess she had to go.