Biblical References in Shakespeare's Plays

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University of Delaware Press, 1999 - Drama - 879 pages
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The hundreds of biblical references in Shakespeare's plays give ample evidence that he was well acquainted with Scripture. The Bibles that Shakespeare knew, however, were not those that are in use today. By the time the King James Bible appeared in 1611, Shakespeare's career was all but over, and the Anglican liturgy that is evident in his plays is likewise one that few persons are acquainted with. This volume provides a comprehensive survey of the English Bibles of Shakespeare's day, notes their similarities and differences, and indicates which version the playwright knew best. The biblical references in each of Shakespeare's plays are then carefully analyzed, as are Shakespeare's references to the Prayer Book and the homilies. The thorny question of what constitutes a valid biblical reference is also discussed.

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Contents

Introduction
7
The English Bible in Shakespeares Day
17
Shakespeare and the Anglican Liturgy
51
Copyright

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