Two bodies of writing, the Bible and the plays of Shakespeare, have received an outsized share of interpretive attention in the Western tradition. Approached as sources of wisdom, as treasuries of poetic imagery, as inquiries into human psychology, and as collections of dramatic stories and national history, Shakespeare and the Bible have been analyzed and emulated by many generations of readers and writers. Shakespeare himself was immersed in a Biblical culture defined by both the fluency of everyday worship and the controversies of the Reformation. In plays combining Catholic, Protestant, Judaic, and classical source materials, Shakespeare struggled to think beyond the confessional divisions of his day. His plays are thus a rich resource for interfaith exploration.
This in-person retreat can also be attended by Zoom, by registering here. Zoom participation is free and open to all. To register for in-person events, please sign up through our partner, the Orange County Jewish Collaborative: https://www.jewishcollaborativeoc.org/form/july-2022-shakespeare-retreat1.html
This Zoom registration link includes Jack Miles' talk on July 26, 3:30-5:00pm Pacific.