Introduction

  • Mary Jo Kietzman
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Abstract

The Biblical Covenant in Shakespeare argues that the theopolitical idea of covenant derived from the Hebrew Bible enabled Reformed theologies and polities, and was the biblical beating heart of Shakespeare’s secular-seeming drama. The Introduction provides an overview of the argument in which covenant partnerships, based on mutual commitment, trust, and engagement are key to the reformed polities that Shakespeare maps suggestively onto family and marital relationships, commercial relationship in the multiethnic city, relationships within a relatively democratic public theatre, and, finally, the relationship between a ruler and his people. Because the Bible was the one book audiences would have had in common, seeding the plays with allusions to familiar stories invited audiences to wrest from the plays their full ethical significance.

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  • Mary Jo Kietzman
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  1. 1.University of Michigan–FlintFlintUSA

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