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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

Jeremy ジェレミー

意味 : これは、「エレミヤ」 の中世英語で、ヘブル語の名前で「神は自由を与えられる」とか、「神は建てる」を意味する יִרְמְיָהוּ (Yirmiyahu)から採られています。エレミヤは、旧約聖書の時代の預言者でバビロンのエルサレム侵攻を預言した人です。けれども為政者たちに信用されず、却って牢屋に投獄されてしまいます。そしてのちにバビロニア帝国人がエルサレムを占領した後になって解放されました。バビロニア帝国の人たちはエレミヤを丁重に扱って、住まいの選択の自由まで与えています。 エレミヤはエレミヤ書の著者であり、また伝統的には哀歌も執筆したと信じられています。


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