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Re: Apocrypha
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1879  Wednesday, 3 November 1999.

[1]     From:   Carl Fortunato <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Nov 1999 12:58:19 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1866 Re: Apocrypha

[2]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Nov 1999 18:57:26 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1866 Re: Apocrypha


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From:           Carl Fortunato <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Nov 1999 12:58:19 EST
Subject: 10.1866 Re: Apocrypha
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1866 Re: Apocrypha

>Here's what Naseeb Shaheen has to say about the Apocrypha: separated
>from the other books of the Old Testament by Coverdale and thereafter
>usually printed as a separate section, but "well-known to Shakespeare,
>for it appeared in all the complete English Bibles published during his
>lifetime" (*Biblical References in Shakespeare's Tragedies* 17-18.  And
>about the Douay or Rheims: "it is most unlikely that Shakespeare
>possessed a copy or was familiar with its readings" (30).

I just wish to point out that not only was the Apocrypha included in all
English Bibles, it was, and is, used rather extensively in the liturgies
of the Church of England.  The Apocrypha are STILL included with Bibles
made for use by the Anglican Church, because there are times when you
simply cannot conduct the liturgy without them.

I don't know if anyone else has mentioned it, but a couple of reference
to the Apocrypha are Shylock's "A Daniel come to judgment," a reference
to the Apocryphal Story of Susanna, and the name "Holofernes" in Love's
Labours Lost, which is the name of the chief villain in the Book of
Judith.

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Nov 1999 18:57:26 -0000
Subject: 10.1866 Re: Apocrypha
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1866 Re: Apocrypha

Small picky point, but ...

All of these posts refer to the OLD TESTAMENT Apochrypha.  There was
(is) a NT Apocrypha as well.  Raises different issues, but ...

Robin Hamilton
 

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