Kings and Authority

This week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast features the “Upon the King” monologue from Shakespeare’s Henry V and 1 Timothy 2:1-4 in the King James Version of the Bible.

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Each episode of The Bard and the Bible Podcast offers short readings from Shakespeare and scripture for your inspiration, meditation, or memorization. The host is Bob Hostetler, author of The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. The episodes, highlighting correspondences or contrasts between the bard’s words and the Bible’s wisdom, can be enjoyed repeatedly and even used as an aid to memorization. Each week’s passages are presented without commentary or interpretation, allowing the listener to draw his or her own conclusions.

Episodes are posted every Friday, and announced on this blog. Listeners can suggest readings or pairings they’d like to hear by commenting on this blog, on the podcast page, or on iTunes.

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A PG-13 Insult

When in the course of human events, you need a handy all-purpose insult to throw around, we here at The Bard and the Bible blog are happy to help.

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This time around we offer a line spoken by Antipholus of Ephesus to his servant, Dromio, in The Comedy of Errors:

Thou whoresonsenseless villain! (The Comedy of Errors 4.4.24).

Judging from the frequency of use in Shakespeare’s plays, the words “whoreson” and “villain” were among the most common and reliable insults of the day. Use them responsibly.

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Foolishness and Vanity

This week’s episode (listen here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast pairs Gratiano’s words from Act 1 Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice with Psalm 94:8-12 from the King James Version of the Bible.

bard-and-bible-podcastRatings and reviews on iTunes are much appreciated. You can also easily subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to ensure that you never miss an episode.

Each episode of The Bard and the Bible Podcast offers short readings from Shakespeare and scripture for your inspiration, meditation, or memorization. The host is Bob Hostetler, author of The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. The episodes, highlighting correspondences or contrasts between the bard’s words and the Bible’s wisdom, can be enjoyed repeatedly and even used as an aid to memorization. Each week’s passages are presented without commentary or interpretation, allowing the listener to draw his or her own conclusions.

Episodes are posted every Friday, and announced on this blog. Listeners can suggest readings or pairings they’d like to hear by commenting on this blog, on the podcast page, or on iTunes.

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Will’s Facebook Page

By now, probably everyone has seen this (or similar) depiction of William Shakespeare’s Facebook page, but it’s still fun.

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Lesser Grace

This week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast pairs Helena’s lament (that Demetrius loves Hermia, not Helena) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Song of Solomon 1:6-8 from the King James Version of the Bible.

bard-and-bible-podcastRatings and reviews on iTunes are much appreciated. You can also easily subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to ensure that you never miss an episode.

Each episode of The Bard and the Bible Podcast offers short readings from Shakespeare and scripture for your inspiration, meditation, or memorization. The host is Bob Hostetler, author of The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. The episodes, highlighting correspondences or contrasts between the bard’s words and the Bible’s wisdom, can be enjoyed repeatedly and even used as an aid to memorization. Each week’s passages are presented without commentary or interpretation, allowing the listener to draw his or her own conclusions.

Episodes are posted every Friday, and announced on this blog. Listeners can suggest readings or pairings they’d like to hear by commenting on this blog, on the podcast page, or on iTunes.

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Between a What and a What?

Feel like a little insult? Not for you, but for someone else, of course. And today’s offering, from a master of the art, William Shakespeare, is from Coriolanus, Act 2, Scene 1,

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It’s another gem from Menenius Agrippa (that’s him facing the women, above) in his insult-filled diatribe directed at the Roman tribunes Junius Brutus and Sicinius Velutus (that’s them in the background, above):

You wear out a good wholesome forenoon in hearing a cause between an orange wife and a fosset-seller (Coriolanus 2.1.68-9).

Fosset is an old spelling for–wait for it–faucet. And an orange wife? It’s obvious: a woman who sells oranges. Duh. But the insult is not directed at orange wives or fosset-sellers but at anyone who spends all morning listening to a dispute between such persons. Those people. Get it? Good.

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I Confess Your Royal Graces

This week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast pairs Cardinal Wolsey’s speech in his own defense from Henry VIII with Psalm 100 in the King James Version of the Bible.

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