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The Bible in Shakespeare

Hannibal Hamlin


The Bible in Shakespeare is the first full-length critical study of biblical allusion in Shakespeare’s plays. There is no book Shakespeare alludes to more often, more significantly, and in every play he wrote, than the Bible. Shakespeare was a serious, if sometimes skeptical, Bible reader, but he knew too that he could count on his audience recognizing and understanding biblical allusions, since Elizabethan and Jacobean culture was pervasively biblical. The book describes this biblical culture, and offers fresh and sometimes surprising interpretations of many of Shakespeare’s play ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Bible, allusion, intertextuality, Renaissance drama, Christianity and literature, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199677610
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannibal Hamlin, author
Associate Professor of English, The Ohio State University