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The Bible has been the most influential text in all of Western culture. It's difficult to understand medieval or early modern or much of modern literature without knowing it...

Prof. Barbara Newman, Northwestern University
from 2006 Bible Literary project


It's not that it's impossible to read some writers without a Biblical background, but that you would miss a whole dimension to their work.

Prof. Steven Goldsmith, University of California at Berkeley
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


I can only say that if a student doesn't know any Bible literature, he or she will simply not understand whole elements of Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth

Prof. Robert Kiely, Harvard University
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


...there is truth in the remark. "without Tyndale[Bible translator], no Shakespeare"...

Prof. David Daniell, University College London
from The Bible in English


You can't really study Western literature intelligently or coherently without starting with the Bible.

Prof. Gerald L. Bruns, University of Notre Dame
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


...a familiar understanding of Christian doctrine in historical perspective thus contributes to a fuller appreciation of Shakespeare's art, but Shakespeare's art

Prof. Roland M. Frye
from Shakespeare and the Christian Doctrine


In English tradition and also for an American tradition begun by Puritan writers, a knowledge of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament is even more crucial than classical references.

Prof. Ulrich Knoefplmacher, Princeton University
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


There is no book more important for our culture than the Bible, and it is fundametal to the study of English literature and language.

Prof. David Jasper and Prof. Stephen Prickett
from the Bible and literature

The Mark Drama – The First Show in Asia!

The Mark Drama is coming to Asia, Hong Kong and Macau, for the first time in Easter 2012! 

The performance schedule is as follows: 

Macau : 6 April (Friday) 5pm – English performance, 730pm – Cantonese performance

Venue: Macau Assembly of God Church 

Hong Kong : 7 April (Saturday) 330pm – English performance, 730pm – Cantonese performance

Venue: Youth Square, Y-Studio, Chai Wan MTR Exit A 

The Mark Drama from UK

The Mark Drama is originally directed by Andrew Page in the UK in the beginning, and now, under his training, directors in Europe have staged The Mark Drama regularly in churches and on campuses. It has received both critical and popular acclaim from audience. The drama has already performed in UK, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands and Spain. 

Changing people’s life in 90 minutes

The Mark Drama, as its name suggests, is about the Gospel of Mark, which is considered as the earliest book written in the New Testament and also the most dramatic books.  The drama does not need props, costumes or narrators for the production, but the compact plot and touching dialogue still has relevance in today’s society even though it was written in more than 2000 years ago.  A team of 15 actors and actresses will present incidents of Mark’s Gospel vividly and powerfully to audiences in only 90 minutes. 

Poster of both performances can be viewed here:


Search idiom or name

A lot of phrases, such as "two-edged sword" and " an eye for an eye", are taken from the English Bible. Learning the stories behind these idioms is fun, and can help boost your vocabulary. Click here to find out now!

What's in a name?

Common names such as Joseph and Rachel have their origins in the Bible. Want to know their stories before picking the right name for yourself? Click here to find out.