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Above:  Adam and Eve are driven from the Garden of Eden by the angel of the Lord.

(Note:  Please note that including stories from the Bible on MythologyTeacher.com does not mean that I classify the Bible as "mythology."  Our term mythology has certain implications other than "a system of beliefs"--specifically the association of myth with falsehood.  Because of this association, to classify any current religion as mythology could be offensive. I also would not teach stories from the Bible in a regular mythology course; however, "Bible As Literature" courses are becoming very popular at the high-school level. For that reason, I have included some Bible As Literature resources here.)
In all of literature more allusions are made to the Bible than any other source. Its number of references even beats out Greco-Roman mythology. Unfortunately, knowledge of Biblical characters and themes has become less common in recent decades, leaving students to puzzle over allusions that they encounter in art and literature.  To remedy this any schools have adopted "Bible As Literature" elective courses, which teach Biblical allusions without teaching the associated religion.
(Click here to view the TIME magazine article which analyzes the benefits of teaching the Bible in schools.)
I usually integrate these "Bible As Literature" units into the regular English classrooms in order to bring out themes in related literature.  For instance, I read the story of the Garden of Eden before reading Of Mice and Men so that the students can more easily see the connection between the Bible story and the novel.

A list of over 75 sayings and terms that originate in the Bible
This popular song by Coldplay makes several Biblical allusions.
This popular song by the Byrds is a reworking of Ecclesiastes 3:1-14.
This popular song by U2 alludes to Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.  (Lyrics sheet includes the scripture and the song lyrics.)
Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden, only to suffer the murder of their son Abel at the hands of his brother, Cain.


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