The Bible

The Bible, and Its Importance to Fiction

A little intro to my plans with The Bible. 

I do not plan on analyzing it as its own work of literature, nor do I plan on “reviewing” it as I do with other books (if reviewing The Bible is even possible). What I plan on doing stems from the experience I had when I first read through The Bible. My initial reading was to better understand literary references and allusions, and to understand how The Bible influenced all of the arts that came after it. But while reading it, I wanted some accompanying text or summary of each book that would help me understand why, say, The Tower of Babel or the story of Daniel was important to art and how to look for allusions to these stories. Seemingly nothing existed. Of course, with more intense research I was able to find ways to better reach my goal, yet I didn’t have an individual, unbiased voice to accompany me. I was reading articles from religious perspectives that may have been blinded by their belief or uninterested in other art, as well as from atheistic perspectives which may have been blinded by their hatred of religion.

What I am going to do is give a book by book (and in some cases, such as Adam and Eve or Isaac’s tale, a story by story) discussion on why each specific piece is important to understand from a literary perspective whether that be just the story itself or specific references/symbols in specific books. Of course, I will not just include literary allusion and influence, but in film and even games when relevant. I hope to cite many examples but it will be difficult to do that all from memory, so I will keep this as a living document where I can come back and update each section with a new reference that I come across. (Please also message me with any corrections or anything, such as a great allusion, that you believe should be included if you come across it in a section).

Finally, this is most definitely a long term project. I hope to maybe fill out a book or story every month or two, but I don’t have the time or energy to dedicate myself to this project fully. So when I go through a section, whenever that may be, I will post it alongside my other blog posts on the Read page and update this page here as well. 

The Old Testament

The New Testament

Deuterocanonical Books

Pseudepigraphia

Genesis

Exodus

Leviticus

Numbers

Deuteronomy

Joshua

Judges

Ruth

1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles

Ezra

Nehemiah

Esther

Job

Psalms

Proverbs

Ecclesiastes

Song of Solomon

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Lamentations

Ezekiel

Daniel

Hosea

Joel

Amos

Obadiah

Jonah

Micah

Nahum

Habakkuk

Zephaniah

Haggai

Zechariah

Malachi

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Acts

Romans

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy

Titus

Philemon

Hebrews

James

1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John

Jude

Revelation

Tobit

Judith

Baruch

Sirach

1 Maccabees

2 Maccabees

Wisdom

Additions to Esther

Additions to Daniel

Additions to Baruch

Prayer of Manasseh

1 Esdras

2 Esdras

Psalm 151

3 Maccabees

4 Maccabees

Apocalypse of Abraham

Apocalypse of Moses

Letter of Aristeas

Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah

Joseph and Aseneth

Life of Adam and Eve

Lives of the Prophets

Ladder of Jacob

Jannes and Jambres

History of the Captivity in Babylon

History of the Rechabites

Eldad and Modad

History of Joseph the Carpenter

Odes of Solomon

Prayer of Joseph

Prayer of Jacob

Vision of Ezra