Is Shakespeare even bigger than we thought?

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  1. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    For last Christmas, I got given a book, Trivia for the Toilet. While I had an opportunity to read it today, I noticed a piece which claims Shakespeare wrote the Bible. All information given is from the book (which is great, by the way)

    The King James Version was published in 1611. Shakespeare was 46 at the time. If you have a copy handy, take a look at Psalm 46. The 46th word in should be 'shake'. The 46th last word should be 'spear'.

    Coincidence, or deliberate? What do you reckon?
     
  2. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Me thinks coincidence is much more likely :cool:

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    You should make a film called 46 where everything is tied to the number 46 and it makes the main character go insane. :D
     
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  6. Scarlet Fever thread starter macrumors 68040

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    i was thinking both those things myself :rolleyes:
     
  7. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    See, that's what's wrong with those trivia loo books; they have something really interesting and most of the time, have no sources for you to go look stuff up! At least, that's my experience with the trivia books.

    But I think it's a coincidence. People like to look for those. Just like how there were 911 days between 9/11 and the Madrid tube bombing.
    CONSPIRACY!!111!`!~!!~!
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    Yeah, creative minds can link most anything as a conspiracy me thinks! :)
     
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    Have you seen that? [23]

    ... No Comment...
     
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    I know of it but havent seen it. :)
     
  11. Queso macrumors G4

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    Maybe he only wrote half of The King James version. 46/2=? :eek:
     
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    :p
     
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    ZOMG! He knew about human DNA and chromosomes before scientists ever knew!!
     
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    From Answers.com:

    So no, I don't think so.
     
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    If you add up the letters in "Shakespeare" (11), it equals the short version of the year (also 11)........AND "King James" (9), Verse 4+6 (10), and Shakespeare (11), well that proves the point.
    Coincidence, I don't think so :D
     
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    Strangely enough, there are also 11 letters in coincidence – which must mean that it isn't. Or is.

    Or something.
     
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    So now we know what Shakespeare was doing while Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon were writing all of his plays!
     
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    Well, since the Bible was originally written in Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew I'd say an english translation which happens to have to words "shake" and "spear" in it means absolutely ... well, you get the point.

    Do people really believe this fodder?
     
  20. Legolamb macrumors 6502a

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    But this means that the number "encoded" in Shakespeare (11) and Jesus Christ (11) are not the same :eek:
    I actually have a friend who takes Bible codes very seriously.
    On a lighter note, check out Austin Kleon's de-markup poems, aka, "newspaper blackout poems".
    http://www.austinkleon.com/?cat=31
     
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    The question should rather be whether Shakespeare wrote what he is accredited to have written.
     
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    This question will be debated until the end of time. Nobody will ever produce a definitive answer, but it appears that the Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare corner currently has the upper-hand in the debate. The alternative playwright theorists have only vague circumstantial evidence for support.
     
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    Well, I think it is a bit odd for a "commoner" from a small village in England at that time to have seemingly deep knowledge of the danish court and rather small castle, especially since Shakespeare never went to Denmark.
    But yeah you are correct, this question will most likely never be answered.
    Just as the question of how much of Einsteins work was due to Albert and how much was Milevas. Albert Einstein didn't produce one good article after his divorce with Mileva.
     
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    Well, he didn't need to have deep knowledge -- he was a fiction writer and like all good fiction writers, he made up believable stuff. In any event, as I said vague circumstantial evidence is all the alternative playwright theorists have going for them. Just enough to keep it interesting, but not anywhere close to enough to make a truly compelling case for anyone but Shakespeare as the writer.
     
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