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Shakespeare's Biblical References
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0943  Thursday, 19 May 2005

[1]     From:   Steve Sohmer <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 May 2005 11:22:20 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0936 Shakespeare's Biblical References

[2]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 May 2005 19:17:32 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0936 Shakespeare's Biblical References

[3]     From:   Peter Bridgman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 May 2005 20:46:29 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0936 Shakespeare's Biblical References


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From:           Steve Sohmer <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 May 2005 11:22:20 EDT
Subject: 16.0936 Shakespeare's Biblical References
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0936 Shakespeare's Biblical References

Dear Friends,

Bill Arnold writes that "In the context of ALL Shakespeare's works,
which is my thesis, Will Shakespeare would have us borrow from the New
Testament the teachings of Jesus to reconcile questions in his works:
namely, what this Chapter from Matthew says about judgment."

In part, this is true. But employing Scripture as a commentary on the
action in his play was only one of Shakespeare's tactics of theological
discourse. Shakespeare also used passages of Scripture and psalms to
identify dates upon which the onstage action was taking place. And, in
Julius Caesar and the middle plays particularly, he turned the tablets
and used the action in his play and a quotation of Scripture to comment
on received religion.

Hope this helps.

Steve Sohmer

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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 May 2005 19:17:32 +0100
Subject: 16.0936 Shakespeare's Biblical References
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0936 Shakespeare's Biblical References

I think Bill Arnold has illustrated my point.  As not even Bill Arnold
would claim that Shakespeare wrote the King James Bible *before* LLL,
wouldn't it make more sense to use quotations from an earlier translation?

John Briggs

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From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 May 2005 20:46:29 +0100
Subject: 16.0936 Shakespeare's Biblical References
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0936 Shakespeare's Biblical References

John Briggs writes ...

 >An additional
 >hazard is that nearly all copies of "Douay-Rheims" that are available
 >are of Bishop Challoner's 18th-century revision - where he imported
 >wording from the KJV!

The original Douay-Rheims is very hard to find.  The following site
claims to have the original 1582 Rheims NT, but the spelling has
unfortunately been modernised ....

http://www.hti.umich.edu/r/rheims/browse.html

Peter Bridgman

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