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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

Forbidden fruit禁果(创2:16-17)

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


And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17) “耶和華 神吩咐他說 、園中各樹上的果子 、你可以隨意喫。只是分別善惡樹上的果子、你不可喫 、因為你喫的日子必定死。” (创2:16-17)




什么是禁果?在创世之初,上帝告诉亚当不能吃那棵能分辨善恶树的果子“因为你吃的话就必定死。”(创2:17)亚当和他的妻子没有听从吩咐,在吃了第一口禁果后,他们的眼睛明亮了,才知道自己是赤身露体的。他们为此而感到害羞。从此人类就用衣服掩盖自己的身体。 现在普遍认为当日夏娃偷吃的禁果就是苹果,这与自中世纪以来,不少油画及作品用苹果代表禁果不无关系。John Milton 在他的著作《失落园》中用上苹果来形容禁果,并写到“Good and evil we know in the field of this world grow up together almost inseparably..It was from out the rind of one apple tasted, that the knowledge of good and evil, as two twins cleaving together, leaped forth into the world”。但根据圣经的记载,并没有说明是哪种水果。



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