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Theatre & Holy Scriptby Shimon Levy
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This anthology of essays focuses on the renewed interest in the interrelationships between myth, religion and theatre. Each chapter examines different interactions between the Holy Scriptures not only of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, but also of other sacred traditions.
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Nineteen essays discuss the interrelationships between theatrical performance and religious experience—with primarily a Judeo- Christian emphasis, though the editor points out the potential for exploration in connection with all the world religions. Among the topics discussed: holy space and representational place in the tenth- century, Norwegian rock art as the first sources of theater in Europe, the sacramental aesthetic in the plays of Dorothy L. Sayers, religious implications of drama from the Holocaust, and holy scriptures and subversive theater in Poland. Levy is a theater director and author with profound enthusiasm for his topic. Distributed by ISBS.
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This anthology of essays focuses on the interrelationships between myth, religion, and theatre. Each chapter examines interactions between the Holy Scriptures of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism as well as other sacred traditions.
The interrelationships between myth, religion, and theatre are explored by investigating the unique treatment of theatricality, ritual and performance in the Holy Scriptures, and in other sacred traditions. Traditional Jewish Halachic oppositions towards theatre are discussed, as well as the way theatre was harnessed to promote Christian values.
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