Biblical Allusions: Christian Scriptures


This curriculum guide covers six major figures in the Christian Scriptures: Lazarus, Mary, Judas, Gabriel, Peter, and Jesus. Sixteen literary units covering novels, poetry, drama, and short stories are examined in the context of the biblical framework present in the artistic work. In addition, each of the six characters is further explored with close textual annotations from the King James Version and analyzed in Gallery Walks. In these videos, students will examine how artists such as Rembrandt, El Greco, and van Gogh have interpreted biblical figures in their masterworks.

We also have 24 video workshops that accompany this teacher guide and which provide teachers with media-rich resources to assist them in preparing their students to understand and utilize biblical allusions to unlock deeper and more complex meaning in literary texts. The videos are a separate price.

Selected works include

  • Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Sailor (American 1924)
  • Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye (Canadian 1988)
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment (Russian 1866)
  • Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country  (South Africa 1948)
  • August Wilson's Fences (American 1986)
  • Katherine Anne Porter's Flowering Judas (American 1930)
  • James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain (American 1953)
  • John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath (American 1939) 
  • T.S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (American-British 1915)
  • William Shakespeare's The Moor of Venice (British 1622)
  • Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (American 1952)
  • Poetry from Gerard Manley Hopkins (British)
  • Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory (British 1968)
  • Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees (American 2001)
  • John Knowles A Separate Peace (American 1959)
  • William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth (British 1623), and 
  • William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Othello (British 1622).

In addition, both student manuals and 75 five-minute companion student videos will be available, all of which contain thinking and reading activities and writing opportunities. These “Put Yourself in the Picture” videos will give students a brief introduction to elements such as the Who, What, When, Where, and How of the biblical figures and provide teachers/parents with a blended learning approach to teaching biblical allusions.