50 Novel Titles Taken From The Bible

The wonderful poetry of the seventeenth century King James Authorised Bible has, like Shakespeare’s, penetrated deep into the discourse of English speaking people. Its beautiful phrases sum up thousands of human situations that could not be expressed better. So often, when considering where an idiom or a saying originated, guessing either Shakespeare or the Bible would give you a more or less 50/50 chance of being right. Both are full of profound thoughts and ideas and they originate at the same time in English history.

Novelists, poets, playwrights and other writers often use biblical phrases as titles for their works. Here are fifty novel titles taken from or inspired by Bible:

East of Eden

by John Steinback

The God Complex

by Chris Tutus

Absolem, Absolem

by William Faulkner

Song of Solomon

by Toni Morrison

From Potter’s Field

by Patricia Cornwell

The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway


by Leon Uris

The Skin of Our Teeth

by Thornton Wilder


by Marek Halter

Go Down Moses

by William Faulkner

A Great Deliverance

by Elizabeth George

How Far to Bethlehem

by Norah Lofts

Bless This House

by Norah Lofts

The Violent Bear It Away

by Flannery O’Connor

A Virtuous Woman

by Kaye Gibbons

Moab is My Washpot

by Stephen Fry


by Matthew Shardlake

Sodom and Gomorrah

by Marcel Proust

Alas, Babylon

by Pat Frank

The Book of Ruth

by Jane Hamilton

The Book of Daniel

by E.L. Doctorow

The Testament

by John Grisham

Body and Bread

by Nan Cuba


by Elizabeth Gaskell

Solomon’s Tale

by Sheila Jeffries


by Norah Lofts

Rachel and Leah

by Orson Scott Card

Daniel Deronda

by George Eliot

A Time to Kill

by John Grisham


by Louis Stone


by C.J. Sansom

Jude the Obscure

by Thomas Hardy

Noah’s Ark

by Jerry Pinkney

Noah and the Great Flood

by Mordicai Gertstein

The Seventh Commandment

by Lawrence Sanders

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

The Mark of the Beast and other Horror Tales

by Rudyard Kipling

Comfort Me With Apples

by Pieter De Vries

Against the Day

by Thomas Pynchon

Cities of the Plain

by Cormack McCarthy

O Jerusalem

by Laurie R. King

Leaven of Malice

by Robertson Davies

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

by James Agee

Against the Day

by Thomas Pynchon

In the Beginning

by Chaim Potok

Through a Glass Darkly

by Donna Leon

A Time to Love

by Barbara Cameron

The Blood of the Lamb

by Pieter De Vries

Like a Lamb to Slaughter

by Lawrence Block

bible inspired novel titles
Classic Bible scene – Moses parting the Red Sea

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