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Questions tagged [the-bible]

For questions about the Judeo-Christian Bible and its influence on literature.

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What is the significance of naming the djinni Bartimaeus?

In the Bartimaeus trilogy, the main character is the eponymous djinni Bartimaeus, a demon/spirit from "the Other Place" who is cheeky, witty, boastful, and at times surprisingly deep. Bartimaeus, ...
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Are angels ever depicted as having golden halos floating above their heads in the Bible?

I remember having heard that many Christian ideas don't come from the Bible like the idea of Hell and Satan. I was wondering if golden halos were also an invention of the Christian Church and isn't ...
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In The Mezzotint by M. R. James, what is a “Door Bible”?

A passage in this famous ghost story, from his published collection Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, makes reference to a "Door Bible". ‘Well, sir, of course I don’t set up my opinion against yours, ...
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“I've seen your flag on the marble arch”

From Leonard Cohen's "Halleluj'ah": Baby, I've been here before -- I know this room, I've walked this floor: I used to live alone before I knew you. I've seen your flag on the ...
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First Dutch children's bible

In the second half of 1943, Anne Frank received a children's bible from her father. Her older sister Margot objected to the idea of giving Anne a Bible on Hannukah, so her father thought giving it on ...
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What is the meaning of 'cast a bank'?

To ask I need a quote "Thus saith the Lord concerning the kind of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it ......
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Does Puzzle the Donkey have an allegorical relationship with any entity in the Book of Revelation or the Bible at large?

C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia are a great children's series which present an allegory the New Testament and Biblical history. That said, Lewis sometimes put in things that don't necessarily reflect ...
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How much does “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young” differ from the original Bible story?

The poem "The Parable of the Old Man and the Young", usually attributed to Wilfred Owen although much of it was written by Siegfried Sassoon, is a slight retelling of the Biblical story of Abraham and ...
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How long have the cantillation marks been around?

Over the whole Jewish Bible, there are cantillation marks that denote how the text is supposed to be chanted. The sounds differ between places, such as between the Ashkenazi and the Sephardic ...
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Which flood story was first?

I have heard that the The Epic of Gilgamesh may predate the stories of Noah told in Abrahamic works. Is there any evidence to support which story came first?