Shakespeare the Christian

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Ralph Allen Smith

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This course presents Shakespeare's plays from a unique perspective—Shakespeare's use of the Bible.

With perhaps as many as 2,000 references, the 37 plays bequeath a rich but hitherto neglected source of Shakespearean treasure. Though the sheer number is surprising, the quality and significance of Shakespeare's Biblical references show how important Scripture was for him and how he understood it. Taking Biblical allusions into consideration, the interpreter can unlock puzzles about controversial characters and plots, and see some plays in a new light altogether. Study these ten lectures and explore the worldview of history's greatest literary genius.

10 lectures with study guide and tests by Rev. Ralph Allan Smith.

All profit from this course is donated to the Mitaka Evangelical Church, which has been aggressively promoting Christian education in Tokyo, Japan for over 20 years. By buying this course and introducing it to others, you will be contributing to a building fund for a facility, long-needed for the church to be firmly rooted in the hard soil of Tokyo, one of the largest and most expensive cities in the world.


  • Lecture 1: Course Introduction: Refutation of Objections to Christian Shakespeare (1)
  • Lecture 2: Refutation of Objections to Christian Shakespeare (2)
  • Lecture 3: Shakespeare's Use of the Bible (1)
  • Lecture 4: Shakespeare's Use of the Bible (2)
  • Lecture 5: The Merchant of Venice
  • Lecture 6:  Macbeth (1)
  • Lecture 7: Macbeth (2)
  • Lecture 8: Henry V (1)
  • Lecture 9: Henry V (2)
  • Lecture 10: Romeo and Juliet 
  • PDF files
  • Study Guide
  • Tests
  • Answer Key

Customer Reviews

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Vickie S.
Worth the effort.

The author uses everyday language to explain how each play uses Christian symbolism. It's been an excellent study for my homeschooled daughter.

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