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Re: Shakespeare's Bible
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2221  Thursday, 7 November 2002

[1]     From:   Michael Shurgot <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Nov 2002 13:05:28 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 13.2200 Shakespeare's Bible

[2]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 Nov 2002 00:45:27 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2209 Shakespeare's Bible


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From:           Michael Shurgot <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Nov 2002 13:05:28 -0800
Subject: 13.2200 Shakespeare's Bible
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.2200 Shakespeare's Bible

Dear Colleagues:

I argued several years ago in an article in Essays in Literature (Fall,
1983) on Merchant of Venice that the gloss on Luke: 6:41-42 from The
Geneva Bible is central to the play and that therefore Shakespeare must
have read that Bible. Slim evidence, I know, but some of my professors
in graduate school, as well as the late Daniel Seltzer in an NEH seminar
in 1978, insisted that The Geneva Bible was probably the Bible most read
by Elizabethans, including WS. I think too that R. M. Frye in
Shakespeare & Christian Doctrine makes the same point, although I am not
sure about that.

Worth a check, perhaps.

Regards,
Michael Shurgot

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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 Nov 2002 00:45:27 -0800
Subject: 13.2209 Shakespeare's Bible
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2209 Shakespeare's Bible

SHAKSPERians may wish to look at the text of the Geneva Bible (1599 ed.)
at http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries/GenevaStudyBible/ There's
specimen text from the 1560 ed. At
http://www.bible-researcher.com/geneva2.html along with text from some
other contemporary versions.

The Geneva Bible (aka "Breeches" Bible and Geneva Study Bible) was
apparently the edition most common in English households in the later
16C-early 17C, with 144 editions between 1560 and 1644.  It was the
first to number the verses and add marginal notes and references.  (A
handy short history is at http://www.greatsite.com/engbibhis/index.html)

The other versions variously available were Tyndale's (1530-1534),
Coverdale

 

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