Book Titles Based on Lines from the Bible

alex atkins bookshelf booksWhether you read it or not, believe in it or not, the Bible and its influence is ubiquitous — you find it in film, art, music, language, and literature. There are many books, for example, that focus on how the Bible has directly influenced language. Each day, without even knowing it, we use words and phrases that were introduced in the Bible: dust to dust, to break bread, salt of the earth, a two-edge sword, going the extra mile, a drop in the bucket, wolves in sheep’s clothing, the blind leading the blind… You get the picture. Not only has the Bible had an impact on language, it also has influenced literature — in themes and in titles. Indeed, the Bible has inspired the title of thousands of books. Here are some notable books with titles based on lines from the Bible (reference to Bible appears in parenthesis).

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (2 Samuel 13)

Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy  (Genesis 18:1)

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Genesis 4:16)

Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard (Philippians 2:12)

The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway (Genesis 13:10)

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Genesis 31:47)

Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner (Negro spiritual by Fisk Jubilee Singers based on Exodus 8:1)

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes (Job 41:1-34)

Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust (Genesis 18:1)

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon 1:1)

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Ecclesiastes 1:5)

A Time to Love and A Time to Die by Erich Maria Remarque (Ecclesiastes 3:8)

The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler (I Kings 2:3, Joshua 22:14)

The Wild Palms (If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem) by William Faulkner (Psalms 137)

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For further reading: Brush Up Your Bible by Michael Macrone

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