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One hundred and one lines or passages from William Shakespeare's works paired with Scripture passages that appear in the bard's classics. To be published just in time for the Shakespeare 400th celebrations.

Shakespeare was heavily influenced by Holy Writ. Bible lines, characters, and narratives are "verbal characters" in his plays, poems, and sonnets, sometimes subtly and sometimes blatantly. But they are there, revealing the deep scriptural well that was the culture from which Shakespeare drew and reminding us of scenes and stories in the Bible.

Shakespeare knew the Bible - as did everyone during that time. He used Scripture freely in what he wrote because through such biblical allusions, audiences would immediately grasp his meanings, characterizations, and unfolding situations. His works - meant to be performed - gave Scripture life. The Bible was not mere words in Shakespeare's work but, like all of Scripture, was used for reproof, instruction, conviction, and training.

Listening to Shakespeare with an ear that's open to whispers from God's word can kindle passion for both his great literary works and the greatest book of all, Holy Scripture.

©2016 Maisie Sparks (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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