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Bible Literacy Report


Fact Sheet


One preparation guide* for the Advanced
Placement Literature and Composition exam
lists more than 100 allusions students should
know– sixty percent are Biblical references.
They include:


Biblical Allusions in Classical Literature

Abraham and Isaac
Blind leading the blind
Cain and Abel
Cast the first stone
Conversion of Saul
David and Goliath
An eye for an eye
Four horsemen of the Apocalypse
Good Samaritan
Lamb to the slaughter
Last Supper
The Magi
Mary the Virgin
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream
Noah and the Flood
Prodigal Son
Swords into ploughshares
Thirty pieces of silver
Through a glass darkly

*M. Bevilacqua, E. Israel and R. Timoney, AP Literature and Composition: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (New York: Amsco School of Publications, 2002) 48-83.
Absalom, Absalom!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
All the King’s Men
Animal Farm
Brave New World
The Brothers Karamazov
The Canterbury Tales
East of Eden
The Grapes of Wrath
Great Expectations
Hard Times
The Hollow Men
Jane Eyre
Lord of the Flies
Moby Dick
The Old Man and the Sea
Paradise Lost
Pilgrim’s Progress
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Romeo and Juliet
The Scarlet Letter
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Separate Peace
The Sound and the Fury
A Tale of Two Cities
Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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