Brightest Heaven of Invention:
A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays
Shakespeare was a great observer, who was able to see deeply into the patterns of human character. Dare anyone say that these insights are irrelevant to living in the real world? For many in an older generation the Bible and the Collected Shakespeare were the two indispensable books.
Leithart's perceptive walk through these plays is written especially for a high school level course, but older students will benefit as well. The six plays discussed are: Henry V, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing.
"Leithart's commentary is really a guide for exploring the beauty and depth of each of the six plays...and is far more than the superficial treatment typical of most study guides. It gets into philosophy, history, culture, and other significant factors."
"Brush up your Shakespeare, because Professor Peter Leithart thinks the Bard's masterpieces and Christian theology are not exactly strange bedfellows."
--Bangor Daily News, 4/1-2/2006
Author: Peter Leithart
Peter J. Leithart
holds degrees in English, history, religion, and theology, including a doctorate in theology from Cambridge University. He is a pastor at Trinity Reformed Church and a Senior Fellow at New Saint Andrews College (both in Moscow, Idaho). Leithart is the author of numerous books, including A House for My Name, Against Christianity,
and Solomon Among the Postmoderns.
He has also authored articles in journals such as Pro Ecclesia, Journal of Biblical Literature,
and Westminster Theological Seminary.
He and his wife Noel have ten children. Eleven if you count his blog.