The Bible as Theatre
Parts of the Bible, such as the Book of Job, have long been regarded as dramatic texts on a par with a Greek tragedy. But Shimon Levy's approach opens up a vast field of analysis. That is not to say that he thinks these texts can be performed without adaptation, he merely shows that, looked at as dramatic texts - and he deliberately refers to the authors of such texts as 'the playwright' - they open up fascinating and very unusual perspectives on the role of women, both when depicted as despised creatures and as proto-feminist models, the prophets as performer, the nature of political leadership and, above all, the figure of God as the protagonist, on-stage and off-stage of all these dramas.
To these disquisitions Shimon Levy brings what must be a truly unique combination of total mastery of stagecraft and the vocabulary of dramatic criticism with an astonishing knowledge of the Bible and its Hebrew language.
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