The Bard and the Bible
The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional) pairs 365 short passages from each of the two greatest works of English literature ever created, which were compiled in the same period and in the same city. It offers a year of daily readings based on verses from the King James Version of the Bible and lines from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The poetry of the Bard and the power of God's Word will enrich your understanding and appreciation of both, provide new ways to encounter and respond to God, and yield both intellectual stimulation and spiritual inspiration.
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William Shakespeare is considered by many to have been the greatest writer in the English language. But even Shakespeare made mistakes. Lots of them, in fact. While we can overlook the variety of ways he spelled many words (including his own name) because he lived and wrote in an era when English spelling was not yet standardized, we can still identify six of the most glaring mistakes he made:
- In the first scene of Two Gentlemen of Verona (perhaps Shakespeare’s earliest play), Valentine heads off to sail from Verona to Milan, though neither city is a port (in fact, they are only 100 miles apart by land). Not only that, but other characters seem (in uncorrected scripts) confused about where they are, referring to their location as Padua or Verona instead of Milan.
In this week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast Shylock’s soliloquy in Act 3, Scene 1, of The Merchant of Venice is followed by verses from Paul’s letter to the Romans (Romans 12:19-21) in the King James Version of the Bible.
1. Though Shakespeare often wrote about far-flung places in his plays, he never ventured out of England.
In this week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast, we conclude Richard II’s soliloquy from Act 5, Scene 5 of Richard II and pair it with Ephesians 5:15-21 in the King James Version of the Bible.
In 1995, the lovely Robin and I traveled with our children, Aubrey and Aaron, to that “green and pleasant land” that gave birth to Shakespeare. Continue reading
In this week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast, the first part of a sad solioquy by Richard II (“I have been studying”) is paired with with Philippians 4:9-12 in the King James Version of the Bible.