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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

Wisdom of Solomon (1 Kings 3:16-28)

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People who are described as having the wisdom of Solomon are very wise.

origin and application

King Solomon, son of David, walked in the path of God in the initial days of his reign. God appeared to King Solomon through a dream one night, and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (1 Kings 3:5). Given this opportunity of fulfilling his wish, King Solomon asked not for wealth, but for the wisdom to judge what was right and wrong. So God blessed him with great wisdom in administering justice. His wisdom can be shown in his famous ruling where two mothers were claiming parenthood for a baby, but only one was the authentic biological mother. King Solomon asked that the baby to be cut in half and shared by two mothers. The real mother, in a bid to save her son, would rather give her son to the other woman, while the false mother insisted on killing the baby. King Solomon arrived at the verdict that the first woman who pleaded not to kill was the real mother. This wise ruling was welcomed and highly regarded by all of Israel.


You need Solomon’s wisdom to solve this problem.


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