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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

A little bird told me 隔墙有耳(传导书 10:20)

图片说明: Bird
图片版权: V. Gilbert and Arlisle F. Beers


“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.” “你不可咒诅君王,也不可心怀此念,在你卧室也不可咒诅富户,因为空中的鸟必传扬这声音;有翅膀的也必述说这事。” (传导书 10:20)



这个说法来自所罗门王后期所著的传道书,提醒我们要谨慎言语,因为我们所说的话极有可能暗中被人收听,犹如藉著鸽子通风报信。 “A Little Bird Told Me”也是一首歌的名字。这首歌由Harvey O. Brooks所写且于1947年面世,在2008年被Head & Shoulders的一个英国商业广告采用。


Jane: How did you know that I am pregnant?Tina: A little bird told me. Jane:你怎知道我怀孕了?Tina: 一只小鸟告诉我。


bird    secret   

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