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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

Part the water (Exodus 14:21-22)

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Today, to part the water is to solve problems that are very difficult and seem unachievable .

origin and application

Moses was the prophet chosen by God to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. As the Israelites were making their way back home, Pharoah the king of Egypt changed his mind. He sent troops to pursue the Israelites who were camping by the Red Sea. Instructed by God, Moses raised his staff and stretched out his hand over the sea to part the water. The Israelites went through the sea on dry land, “with a wall of water on their right and on their left” (Exodus 14:22). When the Egyptians arrived at the Red Sea, Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The waters flowed back over and drowned the Egyptian soldiers. Not one of them survived.


Moving through the crowd in a congested pedestrian is like parting the water.


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