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Re: Psalm 46
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0029  Friday, 8 January 1999.

[1]     From:   John Savage <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 Jan 1999 10:02:38 -0500
        Subj:   Psalm 46 Again

[2]     From:   Alan Dessen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 Jan 1999 10:23:11 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0027  Re: Psalm 46

[3]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Jan 1999 09:57:25 -0800
        Subj:   SHK 10.0027 Re: Psalm 46

[4]     From:   Martin Green <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Jan 1999 17:03:28 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0027  Re: Psalm 46


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From:           John Savage <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 Jan 1999 10:02:38 -0500
Subject:        Psalm 46 Again

As Pervez Rizvi suggests, this psalm 46 thing seems to come round with
increasing frequency.

If you consider it carefully-the words "shake" and "spear," and their
position (46 words down and 46 words up in the 46th psalm) -- is it at
all possible that such a thing could occur just by chance?

May we not conclude that it's fairly definite that someone (Will himself
or someone wishing to give him what they may have thought would be his
Warholian 15 minutes of fame) planted his name there?

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From:           Alan Dessen <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 Jan 1999 10:23:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.0027  Re: Psalm 46
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0027  Re: Psalm 46

The book Syd Kasten may be referring to is *The Shakespearean Ciphers
Examined" by William and Elizabeth Friedman (Cambridge, 1958).  See pp.
183-4.

Alan Dessen

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Jan 1999 09:57:25 -0800
Subject: Re: Psalm 46
Comment:        SHK 10.0027 Re: Psalm 46

All,

Syd Kasten wrote:

> My memory seems to connect it with a book I read, probably somewhere
> between 1944 and 1946, on ciphers, codes and cryptograms, possibly of that
> name. The 46th Psalm thing was given as an example of encryption.


All,

Syd Kasten wrote:

> My memory seems to connect it with a book I read, probably somewhere
> between 1944 and 1946, on ciphers, codes and cryptograms, possibly of that
> name. The 46th Psalm thing was given as an example of encryption.

A pal of mine, though his Pd.D. is in Near Eastern Studies, has turned
himself into something of an expert in ciphers.  He tells me that the
46th Psalm and supposed references to Bacon in the works of Shakespeare
are legendary in that world as non-ciphers that some claim are ciphers.
They don't follow the rules and inner logic that makes ciphers work.
Sorry I can't comment further.  He gave me a very detailed explanation
about three years as I drove him to the airport, but frankly what I
remember best were his comments of the absurdity of Mormon theology in
light of the facts of physics.  Kolab indeed!

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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From:           Martin Green <
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Jan 1999 17:03:28 -0800
Subject: 10.0027  Re: Psalm 46
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0027  Re: Psalm 46

The book you have in mind is probably "The Shakespearean Ciphers
Examined" by William F. and Elizabeth S. Friedman (Cambridge UP, 1957).
They discuss the Shake and Spear of Psalm 46 on page 183, and trace it
back to an article printed in "The Book-Lover" in 1902.
 

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