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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

Blood on one’s hands血に染まった人の手 (イザヤ書 1:15)

絵の説明: 祈りの手


聖書節: あなたがたが手を差し伸べて祈っても、わたしはあなたがたから目をそらす。どんなに祈りを増し加えても、聞くことはない。あなたがたの手は血まみれだ。

起源と適用: 旧約聖書の中の予言者イザヤは偽善的なイスラエルの人々とから非難を浴びていた。彼らの祈りのために差し伸べられる手のその多くは争い事や罪の行為に染まった手だった。彼らは殺人、強姦、抑圧をし預言者達を迫害した。彼らの手は血まみれだ。

例: 群衆に向けて火を放つ反体制派の手は血で染まっている。


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