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Literary Allusion Titles from The Bible.


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  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf
    • "For The Smurf Of Money" is based on 1 Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money is the root of all evil..."
    • "The Smurf Of Solomon" is both a Pragmatic Adaptation and an Adaptation Expansion of The Song Of Solomon.
    • "To Everything There Is A Season" (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  • A Voice in the Wilderness refers to Isaiah 40:3: "A voice of one calling: 'In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.'" Given what the voice turns out to be, i.e. the original Borg Queen, it's more like preparing the way for Satan in the end.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5
    • In The Beginning (movie made from the pilot) (Genesis 1:1 or John 1:1)
    • "A Voice in the Wilderness" (Isaiah 40:3)
    • "Revelations"
    • "Passing Through Gethsemane" (allusion to Matthew 26:36 or Mark 14:32)
  • Battlestar Galactica (reboot)
    • "Valley of Darkness" (Psalms 23:4)
    • "Exodus"
    • "Rapture" (1 Thessalonians 4:17 via some confusing etymology)
    • "He That Believeth In Me" (John 7:38)
    • "Revelations"
  • Dollhouse
    • "The Left Hand" (Matthew 6:3)
  • Due South
    • "An Eye for an Eye" (Exodus 21:24)
  • ER
    • "My Brother's Keeper" (Genesis 4:9)
    • "Thy Will Be Done" (Matthew 6:13)
  • Heroes
    • "Genesis"
    • "Our Father" (Matthew 6:9 or Luke 11:2)
    • "Brother's Keeper" (Genesis 4:9)
    • "Upon This Rock" (Matthew 16:18)
  • Lost
    • "Exodus"
    • "The 23rd Psalm"
    • "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Exodus 2:22)
    • Possibly "316" in reference to the passage John 3:16
    • Possibly "Numbers"
  • Millennium
    • "Powers, Principalities, Thrones, and Dominions" (Colossians 1:16)
    • "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me" (Playing off of "Get thee behind me, Satan" in Luke 4:8)
    • "The Fourth Horseman" (Revelation 6:7)
    • "Through a Glass Darkly" (1 Corinthians 13:13)
  • Northern Exposure
    • "All Is Vanity" (Ecclesiastes 1:2)
    • "Revelations"
    • "Heal Thyself" (Luke 4:23)
  • Power Rangers RPM
    • "Brother's Keeper" (Genesis 4:9)
  • Quantum Leap
    • "The Right Hand of God'' (multiple occurrences including Psalms 63:6 and Mark 16:19)
    • "Thou Shalt Not" (Exodus 20 or Deuteronomy 5)
    • "Deliver Us From Evil" (Matthew 6:13)
  • Red Dwarf
    • "Legion" (Mark 5:9)
  • Smallville
    • "Exodus"
  • Star Trek
    • "Sins of the Father" (TNG) (Exodus 20:5 or Deuteronomy 5:9)
    • "...Nor The Battle To The Strong" (DS9) (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
    • "Let He Who Is Without Sin" (DS9) (John 8:7)
    • "Eye of the Needle" (Voyager) (Matthew 19:24)
    • "Good Shepherd" (Voyager) (John 10:11 or John 10:14)
    • "In A Mirror, Darkly" (Enterprise) (1 Corinthians 13:12)
  • Stargate SG-1
    • "The Fourth Horseman" (Revelation 6:7)
  • Supernatural
    • "In The Beginning" (Genesis 1:1 or John 1:1)
    • "No Rest For The Wicked" (Isaiah 48:22)
  • Touched by an Angel
    • "A Time for Every Purpose" (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  • War of the Worlds TV series
    • "The Walls of Jericho" (Hebrews 11:30)
    • "Thy Kingdom Come" (Matthew 6:10 or Luke 11:2)
    • "A Multitude of Idols" (Ezekiel 14:4)
    • "Eye for an Eye" (Exodus 21:24)
    • "The Second Seal" (Revelation 6:3)
    • "The Good Samaritan" (Luke 10)
    • "Among the Philistines" (2 Chronicles 26:6)
    • "He Feedeth Among the Lilies" (Song of Solomon 2:16)
    • "The Prodigal Son" (Luke 15)
    • "The Meek Shall Inherit" (Matthew 5:5)
    • "Unto Us A Child Is Born" (Isaiah 9:6)
    • "Vengeance Is Mine" (Romans 12:19)
    • "So Shall Ye Reap" (Galatians 6:7)
  • The West Wing episodes:
    • "Evidence of Things Not Seen" (Hebrews 11:1)
    • "In Excelsis Deo" (Luke 2:14)
    • "Isaac and Ishmael" (Genesis 17:20-21)
    • "Shibboleth" (Judges 12:6)
    • "Take This Sabbath Day" (Deuteronomy 5:12)
  • The X-Files
    • "Talitha Cumi" (Mark 5:41)
    • "Gethsemane" (Matthew 26:36)
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    Music 
  • In an interesting example, the band Avenged Sevenfold actually takes their name from Genesis 4:15, and lampshades that with the song "Chapter 4".
  • "No Mean City" by Maggie Bell (better known as "Theme from Taggart"), as above.
  • Nick Cave album Kicking Against the Pricks (Acts 26:14)
  • The Fiery Furnaces get their name from Daniel 3:6.
    • The song "Straight Street" references the "Street Called Straight" (Acts 9:10-19).
  • Joshua Judges Ruth by Lyle Lovett, listing three Old Testament books in order.
  • "All Is Vanity" (Ecclesiastes 1:2), a song by the Manic Street Preachers, from Journal For Plague Lovers.
  • Rivers of Babylon, by Melodians, covered by Boney M (Psalm 137; lyrics are adapted from Psalms 19 and 137)
  • Catch for Us the Foxes, album by Mewithoutyou, from Song of Solomon 2:15.
  • The Scottish rock band Nazereth had an album called No Mean City (Acts 21:39, but probably more directly from the Alexander McArthur and H. Kingsley Long novel above). (Their name isn't a direct Biblical allusion either; it's after Nazareth, PA, mentioned in "The Weight" by The Band.)
  • "Mene, Mene, Tekel" (Daniel 5:25), from the political revue Pins and Needles.
  • "Moving Mountains" and "Image of the Invisible" by Thrice, from 1 Corinthians 13:2 and Colossians 1:15, respectively.
  • White Stripes album "Get Behind Me Satan" (Matthew 16:23)
  • The Brownsville Station's "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah" (Matthew 5:37, James 5:12)
  • KISS' "Thou Shalt Not" (Exodus 20 or Deuteronomy 5) and "The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away" (playing off of Job 1:21)
  • Ozzy Osbourne's album No Rest For The Wicked (Isaiah 48:22)
  • Christian band Casting Crowns is based on Revelation 4:10.

    Theatre 
  • Balm in Gilead, play by Lanford Wilson (Jeremiah 8:22)
  • The Green Bay Tree, play by Mordaunt Shairp (Psalm 37:35)
  • The Green Pastures, play by Marc Connelly (Psalm 23:2)
  • Inherit the Wind (Proverbs 11:29)
  • The Little Foxes, play by Lillian Hellman (Song of Solomon 2:15)
  • The Voice of the Turtle, play by John van Druten (Song of Solomon 2:12)

    Video Games 
  • Gears of War chapter 5-3 "Pale Horse" (Revelation 6:8)
  • Mass Effect mission titles, particularly in the sequel:
    • "The Prodigal" (Luke 15:11-32)
    • "A House Divided" (Luke 11:17)
    • More of a Literary Allusion Name, but the character Legion is named after a part of Mark 5:9 ("My name is Legion: for we are many.").
  • Starcraft
    • Zerg mission 8: Eye for an Eye (Exodus 21:24)
  • Ultimate Doom
    • Thy Flesh Consumed (Proverbs 5:11)
    • E4 M1: Hell Beneath (Proverbs 15:24)
    • E4 M2: Perfect Hatred (Psalm 139:22)
    • E4 M3: Sever The Wicked (Matthew 13:49)
    • E4 M4: Unruly Evil (James 3:8)
    • E4 M5: They Will Repent (Luke 16:30)
    • E4 M6: Against Thee Wickedly (Psalm 139:20)
    • E4 M7: And Hell Followed (Revelation 6:8)
    • E4 M8: Unto The Cruel (Proverbs 5:9)

    Webcomics 
  • The Sburb album of Homestuck has most of its track titles based either on biblical books (Genesis, Exodus, Chronicles, Revelations) or on biblical phrases and ideas (Eden, The Meek, Rapture, Creation).
  • The Meek (Matthew 5:5)
  • No Rest for the Wicked (Isaiah 48:22 or Isaiah 57:21)

    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe: the origin novel for Phase has five chapters, titled: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
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    Western Animation 
  • "Sins of the Father", episode of The New Batman Adventures (Exodus 20:5 or Deuteronomy 5:9)
  • "My Brother's Keeper", episode of Danny Phantom (Genesis 4:9)
  • "She of Little Faith", episode of The Simpsons ("O ye of little faith," repeated phrase in Matthew)
  • The Smurfs
    • "Smurf The Other Cheek" (Matthew 5:39)
    • "The Root Of Evil" (1st Timothy 6:10; "For the love of money is the root of all evil...")
    • "Wolf In Peewit's Clothing" (Matthew 7:15; "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.")
  • Looney Tunes, "A Mouse Divided" (playing off of Luke 11:17)


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