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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

Michelle ミシェル

意味:この名前は聖書には出てきません。これはヘブル語のミカエルמִיכָאֵל (Mikha’el)から採られたMichelのフランス語女性形ですが、ミカ、つまり「だれが神のようでありましょう?」という意味の名前を長くした形です。これは修辞的な反語表現で、神のような者はほかにいないということを強調する疑問文です。この名前をもった登場人物は聖書の中に何人かいます。旧約聖書の民数記では、ミカエルはカナンに遣わされた十二人の斥候のうちの一人です。新約聖書では、ユダの手紙の中で、み使いの頭、大天使として出てきます。ヨハネの黙示録の中ではミカエルと天使たちは竜と戦いました。ミカエルは天の軍勢のリーダーととらえられています。


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