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Biblical Allusions Top 75

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Abraham and Isaac
Man known as the father of many nations he was told by God that he would bare a son. His son went on to be the father of Israel. God once asked him to sacrifice his son as a test of faith
Adam and Eve
First man and woman. The woman was tempted by a serpent and she gave to the man and he also ate thus causing sin to enter the world.
Alpha and Omega
Used by Jesus in the bible to say that he is the beginning and the end of all things. The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.
Am I my brother's keeper
Asked by Cain after he killed Abel when questioned by the lord.
Apocalypse
Usually used in reference to the end of the world as described in Revelation
Apostles
Twelve missionaries and influential members of Christianity. They were the Disciples of Jesus and started Christianity as it is today.
Ararat
The mountain on which the ark built by Noah landed when the flood waters receded
Ark of The Covenant
built by the Hebrew people to hold the broken tablets on which the ten commandments were written. Wherever it went the presence of God followed.
Armageddon
The site of an epic battle said to happen near the end of the world. When the Hebrew is translated it means the mountain of Megiddo which is a town in israel and the site of many battles in the ancient world.
Babylon
City-State of ancient Mesopotamia. Very powerful and influential city of the ancient world often associated with Evil
Barabbas
Notorious murderer released at the request of the people who would have rather hung Jesus.
Beatitudes
Blessings given by Jesus during the Sermon on the mount.
Beelzebub
Demon in Hell who holds a very high rank. Lieutenant to Lucifer commonly associated with flies or bees
Bethlehem
Small city in Israel close to Jerusalem. The site of the birth of Christ
Blind leading the blind
Said by Jesus in the Gospel in reference to the pharisees. means incompetent people leading others who are just as incompetent
book of revelation
The last book of the Bible that tells of God's coming kingdom.
Burning bush
In the book of Exodus Moses encounters a bush on fire that is not consumed. From the Bush God spoke to him and instructed him to return to Egypt and make Pharaoh release the Hebrew people
Cain And Abel
a farmer, commits the first murder by killing his brother a shepherd, after God rejects his sacrifice but accepts his brothers
Coat of Many colors
Joseph owned. Joseph's father, Jacob, favored him and gave Joseph it as a gift.
Covenant
an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return
Crown of Thorns
Placed by roman soldiers on Jesus' head when he was crucified in order to mock him because he was called "King of the Jews"
Crucifixion
Type of execution in ancient times. Exceedingly painful ceremony where the person to be executed is nailed to a wooden cross. The form of execution by which Jesus was killed in order to die for the sins of man.
Delilah and Samson
lovers; girl betrayed his secret strength by telling his enemies that cutting his hair would make him no more strong than a normal man.
Disciples
12 followers of Jesus
Doubting Thomas
the Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes. term that is used to describe someone who will refuse to believe something without direct, physical, personal evidence; a skeptic.
Eden
a beautiful garden where Adam and Eve were placed at the Creation
Exodus
the second book of the Old Testament: tells of the departure of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt led by Moses
Fall of Man
Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, God punished them by driving them out of the Garden and into the world where they would be subject to sickness and pain and eve
Fatted Calf
a specially fed calf that was killed for the feast to celebrate the return of the prodigal son
Forbidden Fruit
the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. Eaten by Adam and Eve thus causing the fall of man
Four horsemen
beasts that ride on white, red, black, and pale-green horses symbolizing conquest, war, famine, and death, respectively.
Golden Calf
Moses was on mt. Sinai the people became tired of waiting and built it to worship; moses broke it
Good Samaritan
a story that Jesus told about a man who was beaten and robbed on the road to Jericho the man who helped him was ______ The beaten man was a Jew and they never associated with Samaritans. a person who voluntarily offers help or sympathy in times of trouble
Good Shepherd
most common depiction of Jesus in the first centuries of Christianity. used to show Jesus' guidance for Christians and his love for those who follow him
Gospels
four books in the New Testament that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings
Handwriting on the wall
a phrase recalling an Old Testament account of Daniel. Figuratively: some misfortune is impending / inevitable
jerusalem
A city in the Holy Land, regarded as sacred by Christians, Muslims, and Jews. near to Bethlehem where Jesus was born and the site of many of the events in the gospels
jezebel
wife of Ahab who was king of Israel. a shameless impudent scheming woman
job
righteous man in god's sight; satan made him lose his wealth and respect and he stood steadfast and never cursed god and god returned everything back
jonah and the whale
an Old Testament prophet called by God to preach in Nineveh. He refused the call and fled his home by going on a sea voyage. During a severe storm the sailors threw him overboard suspecting that he had angered God. A big animal swallowed him and saved him from drowning. After the fish vomited him up on the beach, he submitted to God and went to Nineveh to preach.
judas iscariot
the Apostle who betrayed Jesus to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver
lamb shall lie down with the lion
From the book of Isaiah. It was a prophecy about the birth of Christ. there will be peace between natural enemies
land flowing with milk and honey
a poetic name for the promised land, a place of great abundance
last supper
Jesus' final meeting with his disciples at which he predicted Judas' betrayal
lazarus
brother of mary and martha- followers of jesus; jesus raised him from the dead
loaves and fishes
one of Jesus's most famous miracles. Many people came to hear him preach to feed the masses he miraculously thousands with very little food. Everyone was fed with food to spare. Symbolizes a miraculous appearance of resources.
Lot's wife
became a pillar of salt when she looked back at sodom and gomorrah
love thy neighbor as thyself
Teaching by Jesus from the sermon on the mount. Means to treat everyone how you would want to be treated.
lucifer
Satan's name prior to the fall of the Angels
magi
the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born
meek shall inherit the earth
a saying from the Sermon on the Mount implying that those who forgo worldly power will be rewarded in the kingdom of Heaven
methuselah
a patriarch (grandfather of Noah) who is said to have lived 969 years
moses
the Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites from Egypt across the Red sea on a journey known as the Exodus
my God why hast thou forsaken me
Said by Jesus as he was dying on the cross when God was said to have turned his back on christ
Nativity
Literally Birth or the birth most commonly refers to the birth of Jesus or the site of Jesus birth
New Testament
the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other Epistles, and Revelation
Noah and the Great Flood
In the old testament God made it rain for 40 days and nights to punish the world for their sin. Noah alone was found righteous and him and his family were saved.
Nothing new Under the sun
a saying adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes; the author complains frequently about the monotony of life
Olive Branch
the branch brought by a dove to Noah's ark signifying that the flood was receding. An olive branch is now regarded as a sign o peace, as is the dove.
Original sin
The corruption and guilt that the human race has inherited from Adam and Eve. The doctrine tells us that sin is universal, that it keeps reproducing, and that it is extremely hard to get rid of.
Parables
what Jesus's stories were typically presented as, in which earthly situations familiar to people of his time and place were used to make a spiritual point
Parting of the red sea
done by God through Moses so the Israelites could get pass the sea, God closed it when the egyptians passed through
Passover
a Jewish festival (traditionally 8 days) celebrating the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt
Pearls Before Swine
to offer something precious to someone, or a group of people, unable to appreciate to value of what they are being given. said by Jesus in the sermon on the mount
Physician Heal Thyself
Biblical proverb meaning that people should look at their own faults and problems instead of pointing out other people's faults
Prodigal son
a wayward son who squanders his inheritance but returns home to find that his father forgives him.
Promised Land
term used to describe the land promised by God, described in terms of the territory from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates river.
render under Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's
Jesus' reply to his enemies in order to show them that Caesar had the right to tax them even though they were Jews. often quoted to demonstrate the relationship between Christianity and secular authority
Resurrection
the rising of Christ on the third day after the Crucifixion
second coming
the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment
sermon on the mount
a sermon given by Jesus in the gospel of Matthew, epitomizing his moral teaching
serpent
form taken by satan in garden of eden; hebrew word refers to a fearsome, murderous creature
time to be born and a time to die
a phrase from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. there is a right moment for all actions.
Tower of Babel
Giant tower built by the people of the old testament. When God saw what they had done he spread them over the earth and mixed their languages.
turn the other cheek
said by Jesus in the Sermon on the mount means to love your enemies, don't respond to violence