My Top 10 Shakespeare Moments in 2017

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  1. The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional) winning the Selah Awards 2017 Book of the Year (see photo above). 
  2. Enjoying The Tempest live at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 
  3. Being mesmerized by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s opening production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream live at the Otto M. Budig Theater.
  4. Launching The Bard and the Bible weekly podcast.
  5. Attending 2 Henry VI with my daughter at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
  6. Discovering and watching the BBC series, Upstart Crow.
  7. The grand opening of the Otto M. Budig Theater, new home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
  8. Seeing @CincyShakes’s The Merry Wives of Windsor live at Cincinnati’s Keehner Park.
  9. Seeing @KyShakes’s Much Ado About Nothing live in Louisville’s Central Park.
  10. Reading The Year of Lear and The Millionaire and the Bard

 

 

 

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A Holiday Break

The Bard and the Bible Podcast (see here for all past episodes) is on holiday this week. Tune in next week for the first 2018 episode.

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 (except for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day), 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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So Hallow’d and So Gracious

This week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast pairs the watchman Marcellus’s lines from the opening scene of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (among the few references to Christmas in Shakespeare’s work) with the Gospel of Luke’s nativity account in Luke 2:1-7 of 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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Reviewsday: Shakespeare 2018 Calendar by Pomegranate

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Is it 2018 yet? I can’t wait. Not that I’m not going to enjoy these waning days of 2017, but when 2018 arrives, I get to start using my brand new, beautiful, large, Shakespeare calendar! I know you’re jealous, but have no fear, there is still time to order yours.

Each month features a new work of art inspired by the Bard’s plays, such as Henry Stacy Marks’s delightful Dogberry’s Charge to the Watch (1859) from Much Ado About Nothing. Or the detail used for the calendar’s cover, by Walter Howell Deverell, of Twelfth Night (Act 2 Scene 4). Many of the calendar’s dates feature factoids and insights about Shakespeare, his works, and Shakespeareana.

I love it already, and it’s not even January yet. But if this beautiful calendar doesn’t brighten my 2018, then like Falstaff, “I’ll have my brains ta’en out and buttered, and give them to a dog for a new-year’s gift” (Merry Wives of Windsor, III.5.7). Mark my words.

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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.

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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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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