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Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature Hardcover – December 7, 1992
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"Sixteen years in the making, this superb and unprecedented reference work will prove invaluable to readers, students, and professional scholars throughout English-speaking world.
A DICTIONARY OF BIBLICAL TRADITION IN ENGLISH LITERATURE is designed to help the modern reader understand how biblical motifs, concepts, names, quotations, and allusions have been transmitted through exegetical tradition and used by authors of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
The book contains several hundred encyclopedic articles (more than a million words) written by a distinguished international roster of more than 160 contributors representing the disciplines of biblical studies, theology, patristics, and literary studies. These major articles, numerous short identification entries, and extensive bibliographies together constitute a rich repository of information opening up the many centuries of dialogue between the Bible and literature."
I write supernatural fiction that strives to be highly literary, and I have found this a wonderful source of information and inspiration. There are numerous passages of poetry , many entries conclude with a note of Bibliography listing Literary works in which a passage has been used or by which it has been inspired. Along with names from Scripture there are also explanations of phrases such as "Children of Light," "Eye Hath Not Seen," "Let The Dead Bury Their Dead," "Old Men Dream Dreams" &c &c. As a guide to great Literature, this is an invaluable source; and as a source of inspiration for story themes and titles, it is indispensable.
"This is precisely the book I have long wished for -- a truly compendious reference on the relation between literature in English and the book which, with the works of Shakespeare, must be regarded as the primary influence and model. At a time when familiarity with the Bible cannot be expected among people otherwise literate, such a book has an assured place as a work of reference....It promises to be a wonderful book for the student and the browser, and it should be of inestimable value to scholars, teachers, and writers."
Massey College, University of Toronto
The prices listed here at Amazon may seem a bit steep for the paperback edition (I own the hardcover), but it is a book of 960 pages, pages to which you will return again and again.