Did You Know?

William Shakespeare quoted from or alluded to the Bible more than a thousand times in his plays–more than any other Elizabethan playwright.


Shakespeare is credited with inventing or popularizing more than 1,700 words that became common in the English language.

More than 250 common phrases and figures of speech (such as “salt of the earth” and “a fly in the ointment”) originated in the Bible.

Shakespeare’s greatest works and the King James Version of the Bible were created in the same period, same country, and same city–in fact, just a few miles from each other–and by people who knew each other.

The Bard and the Bible blog is inspired by The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional), by Bob Hostetler, which offers 365 daily readings based on verses from the King James Version of the Bible and lines from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.

These weekly blog posts explore and celebrate Shakespeare, the Bible, the English language, the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages, and more, with humor and (we hope) wisdom.

Read the first pages of The Bard and the Bible here.

Check out a short video about the book here.

Follow The Bard and the Bible on Twitter here.

Visit the author’s website here.