Biblical Allusions
Austin & Emily

  • Garden of Eden - Paradise prepared by god
  • Adam - First man
  • Eve - First woman
  • The serpent - Chief of god's fallen angels; Devil
  • The tree of knowledge or life - Gaining knowledge about the right and wrong.
  • Be fruitful and multiply - When God sent Adam and Eve away from the garden of Eden to work in the field and be punished. He told Eve to bear the pain of reproduction and labor because it was her who got tempted to eat the fruit.
  • Ashes to ashes, dust to dust - God said that from mud man was made and when he dies, into mud he will go.
  • The flood - Hard rain that destroyed the whole world in 40 days.
  • Burning bush - God appeared to Moses in this form.
  • The passover - Israelites might escape the tenth and last plague; God commanded to sprinkle blood of a lamb on their door posts; angel of death passed over to kill the first born; first born lived if blood over door post.
  • David and Goliath - Brave warrior who slew the giant Goliath, a philistine with a rock from his sling-shot; followed Saul as king of Israel.King Solomon - Another son of king David; wisest man on earth; god told him he could have anything he wished for and it would be gathered.
  • Virgin Mary - Mother of Jesus Christ.
  • Jesus Christ - Known as Son of God; the promised savior; or messiah.
  • Apostle or disciple - Were twelve men handpicked by Jesus to be his chosen followers; after his death and resurrection they were to carry on his mission.
  • Good Samaritan - The Samaritan who helped a dying man when no one stopped to nurse him.
  • Crown of thorns - The crown of thorns that was put on Jesus' head as the King of the Jews.
  • Turn the other cheek - Jesus preached that you should never take revenge. Turn the other cheek if someone slaps you on the one, and he will not dare to slap you on the other one.
  • Judas Iscariot - One of the twelve disciples of Jesus; betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver; later repented but too late.
  • Armageddon - Armageddon was a battlefield where several historical events took place.
  • Judgment day - Last day, when the world will again be destroyed; all souls will rise and be judged; Jesus will come again.



Biblical Allusions

  • Antedeluvian: Antedeluvian is Latin for “before the flood,” referring to the flood Noah rode out in [[/t/rel/bible/genesis/7.html|Genesis]]. Something very old or outdated is sometimes exaggeratedly called antedeluvian. The professor's antedeluvian beliefs made him ill-suited for classroom teaching.
  • Goliath: Goliath was a giant warrior—more than nine feet tall—who was slain by David in [[/t/rel/bible/1samuel/17.html|I Samuel]]. In modern usage, both giants and very large or powerful people or things are called goliaths. Small bookstores can't compete against national chain goliaths.
  • Good Samaritan: The book of Luke recounts [[/t/rel/bible/luke/10.html#v30|the parable of the Good Samaritan]], in which a man is attacked by thieves and left at the side of the road. A passing Samaritan binds his wounds, takes him to an inn, and cares for him. A good Samaritan now refers to anyone who freely helps others in their time of need. If not for the good Samaritan who jump-started her car, she might still be stuck on the side of the Interstate.
  • Job's comforters: In [[/t/rel/bible/job/|the book of Job]], the title personage was tested with a series of misfortunes. At several points, friends came to “comfort” Job by claiming that his travails were the just consequences of his sins, and that it was therefore unseemly to complain about them. A Job's comforter has come to mean a person who tries to console another but instead has the opposite effect. The Job's comforters told him it was just as well he wasn't invited to the party; he didn't make nearly enough money to interest any of the women there.
  • Jonah: [[/t/rel/bible/jonah/|Jonah]] was a prophet who defied God's command to deliver a warning to the city of Nineveh, instead fleeing on a ship to Tarshish. A storm was sent to punish him, and would not relent—imperiling everyone on the ship—until Jonah was thrown off. A person or thing that brings bad luck is called a Jonah. I'm not going to carpool with that Jonah. Every vehicle she gets into ends up in an accident.
  • Judas: Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ, identifying him to soldiers by [[/t/rel/bible/matthew/26.html#v47|giving him a kiss]]. Somebody who betrays their friend is called a Judas. I'm not going to leave that Judas alone with my boss while we're competing for the same promotion.
  • Killing the fatted calf: See the prodigal son. The prodigal son's father calls for a fatted calf to be killed for the welcoming feast. Killing the fatted calf is now used as an expression for sparing no expense on a celebration. He killed the fatted calf for the lavish anniversary party.
  • Kiss of death: See Judas. A kiss of death is an act of betrayal, or any action which causes another's downfall. The endorsement by a prominent neo-Nazi was the kiss of death to her senatorial campaign.
  • Patience of Job: Job, in the book named for him, was faced by a series of unbearable misfortunes. While this caused him to lament his fate, he nevertheless never wavered in his faith in God. Somebody with a seemingly infinite store of patience is said to have the patience of Job. Dealing with the crotchety old man every day for five years required the patience of Job.
  • Prodigal son: The book of Luke recounts [[/t/rel/bible/luke/15.html#v11|the parable of the prodigal son]], in which a son leaves home to fritter away his money on a hedonistic lifestyle, only to end up destitute. The son crawls home, filled with shame and remorse, upon which his father welcomes him with open arms. Somebody who leaves home to lead a dissolute life and regretfully returns home is called a prodigal son. After abandoning football for a semester of drunken frat parties, Northwestern's prodigal son Rick Hammond came back to lead the team to victory in the playoffs.
  • Thirty pieces of silver: Judas was paid [[/t/rel/bible/matthew/26.html#v15|thirty pieces of silver]] for betraying Jesus. Payment for any treacherous act is now referred to as thirty pieces of silver, or [[/t/rel/bible/matthew/27.html#v6|blood money]]. Jim got a generous package of stock options for helping depose his partner as CEO, but the thirty pieces of silver didn't keep his conscience from gnawing at him.