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The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage

  • Published Date: Cambridge University Press, 2018

Kristen Poole and Thomas Fulton

the bible on the shakespearean stage

Shakespeare’s audiences were not simply well versed in the Bible’s content – they were also steeped in the practices and methods of biblical interpretation. Reformation and counter-reformation debate focused not just on the biblical text, but – crucially – onhow to read the text. The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage is the first volume to integrate the study of Shakespeare’s plays with the vital history of post-Reformation practices of biblical interpretation. Bringing together the foremost international scholars in the field of Shakespeare and the Bible, these essays explore Shakespeare’s engagement with scriptural interpretation in the tragedies, histories, comedies, and romance.