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Steve Sohmer

Paul harangues the Corinthians Paul wrote two lengthy letters to the Corinthians and visited them three times. 4 He lavished attention because the idolatrous crew were having a hard time adapting to Paul’s ascetic, egalitarian brand of Christianity. Let me enumerate some of their foibles which Paul castigated in 1 Corinthians; Shakespeare visited

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
Steve Sohmer

occurred: ‘Now as he iourneyed, it came to passe that as he was come neere to Damascus, suddenly there shined rounde about him a light from heauen. And hee fell to the earth, and heard a voyce, saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?’ (9:3–4). Blinded and taken to Damascus to heal, Saul was converted to Christianity, renamed himself Paul, and, after bitter

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
Steve Sohmer

seven. 70 Margie Burns, ‘Odd and Even in As You Like It ’, Allegorica 5.1 ( 1980 ), 119–40. And again in Maurice Hunt, ‘Christian Numerology and Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard the Second ’, Christianity and Literature 60.2 (Winter 2011 ), 247

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
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Speaking pictures?
Chloe Porter

thing, or rather no-thing at all. In early Christianity an idol is ‘a false representation of what does not exist’, in contrast to an image, which is ‘the truthful representation of an existing thing’. 55 Similarly, in a popular text on idolatry published in 1601, William Perkins writes: The generall propertie of all Idols is that

in Making and unmaking in early modern English drama
Affiliation, allusion, allegory
Rachel E. Hile

Christianity or the perfidiousness of the Jews, iconographically there is a great deal of similarity over time, with the unkempt beard and walking staff generally appearing in representations from the medieval and early modern period; Eszter Losonczi notes as well a frequent conflation of Wandering 11 For the version of the tale most likely to be familiar to Spenser, see Matthew Paris’s Matthaei Paris, monachi Albanensis, Angli, historia maior (470–71 [from chronicle year 1228] and 1138 [from chronicle year 1252]). MUP_Hile_SpenserSatire_Printer.indd 61 14/10/2016 15

in Spenserian satire