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Re: References to the Bible
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1774  Wednesday, 20 October 1999.

[1]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Oct 1999 14:37:06 -0400
        Subj:   References to the Bible in Middleton

[2]     From:   Mary Jane Miller <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Oct 1999 14:20:51 -0500
        Subj:   Re: References to the Bible in Shakespeare


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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Oct 1999 14:37:06 -0400
Subject:        References to the Bible in Middleton

I wish I did not miss the beginning of this string on Shakespeare and
the Bible. But let me suggest how some awareness of the pervasive
cultural influence of the Bible in the Renaissance helped me on a recent
project.

I was studying Thomas Middleton's city comedies, and I noticed the
recurring motif of a prostitute's marriage. The prostitute's marriage is
particularly prominent in the play A Trick to Catch the Old One.

Middleton once wrote a now barely-known pamphlet based on his notions of
the fulfillment or completion of Old Testament scriptures in the New
Testament. This pamphlet, The Two Gates of Salvation, has five
references to the Old Testament book of Hosea, three references from
that book's first three chapters. Those are the chapters narrating
Hosea's troubled marriage to the prostitute Gomer. To date, no Middleton
critic has published on this connection. My own work on this will be
published next year in a book on Middleton.

Jack Heller

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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Oct 1999 14:20:51 -0500
Subject: 10.1763 Re: References to the Bible in Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1763 Re: References to the Bible in Shakespeare

In desperation (and in response to a very good class), some years ago I
took the time and prepared a handout identifying the books, chapter and
verse where some of the basic bible stories are to be found, as well as
key references from classical sources. I still use it, saying simply -
"if you have not read these passage, you reading of much of art and
literature before this century is impoverished or it may be nearly
incomprehensible to you." Then it is up to them.

Mary Jane Miller
 

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