In this week’s episode Portia’s beautiful soliloquy (“The quality of mercy is not strained”) from The Merchant of Venice is paired with the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:1-12 in the King James Version of the Bible.
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 (which you should buy, read, and give to all your friends and family). The podcast 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. Ratings and reviews on iTunes are also much appreciated.