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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

Samson (Judges 16)

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In the Old Testament times, there is a strong man called Samson whose hair gave him the strength of a bull. Nobody knew where his strength comes from, until one day Delilah, his lover, betrayed him by telling his secret to his enemies, the Philistines. The Philistines put him to sleep at night and shaved off the seven braids of his hair. When his strength left him, his enemies gouged out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and sent him to prison. While in prison, his hair grew back and so did his power. Taking a revenge on the Philistines, he pulled their banquet hall down and died with the Philistines.
Samson’s strength left a mark in history and his name now takes on various meanings. A Samson post is a strong post that supports a beam of the deck, or a movable pillar carrying a leading block. Samson’s hair became the brand name of various hair replacement centres. Samson is a household name for a man with extraordinary physical strength.



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