A brand new weekly The Bard and the Bible Podcast (http://www.bobhostetler.com/podcast/), has just been released and is available to listeners for subscription on iTunes. The Bard and the Bible Podcast offers weekly episodes of 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 first episode pairs what may be Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy (recited by Bob) with a passage from Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:1-9. Subsequent episodes will feature readings from Shakespeare’s plays and poetry with excerpts from the King James Version of the Bible, which was compiled and published in the same period, country, and city as Shakespeare’s works.
Each podcast, running less than five minutes, can be enjoyed repeatedly and even (in some cases) be used as an aid to memorization. The correspondences or contrasts between the bard’s words and the Bible’s wisdom often open the mind to new insights and deeper understanding. The two passages are presented without commentary or interpretation, allowing each listener to draw his or her own conclusions (and sometimes, perhaps, imagine why the readings were paired).
Hostetler says, “I have long wanted–for my personal use–a service or podcast that would expose me regularly to great poetry and prose, and this certainly does that. The added impact of the readings from the King James Version often adds layers of meaning I hadn’t anticipated. I’d love to hear how others respond to each episode.”
New episodes will be 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. Ratings and reviews on iTunes are also much appreciated.