Sampling of Book Titles Inspired by Bible Verses

By June 2, 2016 July 4th, 2016 Arts, Books, Writing

My dissertation supervisor told me that the Bible and Shakespeare were the two most-used sources for book titles. How many of these biblical phrases do you recognize?

Absalom, Absalom!                William Faulkner        2 Samuel 19:4

An Acceptable Time               Madeleine L’Engle      Psalms 66:13

A Time to Kill                         John Grisham            Ecclesiastes 3:3

Behold the Man                      Michael Moorcock       John 19:5

Butter In a Lordly Dish            Agatha Christie        Judges 5:25

I Sat Down and Wept             Elizabeth Smart          Psalm 137:1

Clouds of Witness                   Dorothy L. Sayers        Hebrews 12:1

Consider the Lilies                  Iain Crichton Smith    Matthew 6:28

East of Eden                            John Steinbeck            Genesis 4:16

Fear and Trembling              Søren Kierkegaard    Philippians 2:12

The Golden Bowl                    Henry James                Ecclesiastes 12:6

The House of Mirth                 Edith Wharton             Ecclesiastes 7:4

I Will Fear No Evil                   Robert A. Heinlein      Psalms 23:4

If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem    William Faulkner        Psalms 137:5

In a Glass Darkly                     Sheridan Le Fanu        I Corinthians 13:12

Jacob Have I Loved                  Katherine Paterson     Romans 9:13

The Last Enemy                      Richard Hillary             I Corinthians 15:26

Lilies of the Field                    William E.  Barrett     Matthew 6:28

The Little Foxes                      Lillian Hellman            Song of Songs 2:15

Many Waters                          Madeleine L’Engle      Song of Songs 8:7

The Millstone                          Margaret Drabble       Matthew 18:6

Moab Is My Washpot             Stephen Fry                 Psalms 60:8

The Moon by Night                 Madeleine L’Engle      Psalms 121:6

The Needle’s Eye                    Margaret Drabble       Matthew 19:24

Noli Me Tangere                     José Rizal                    John 20:17

Number the Stars                   Lois Lowry                   Psalms 147:4

Quo Vadis                              Henryk Sienkiewicz     John 13:36 (Vulgate translation)

A Scanner Darkly                     Philip K. Dick               I Corinthians 13:12

Stranger in a Strange Land     Robert A. Heinlein      Exodus 2:22

The Sun Also Rises                 Ernest Hemingway     Ecclesiastes 1:5

The Violent Bear It Away       Flannery O’Connor      Matthew 11:12 (Douay translation)

The Way of All Flesh              Samuel Butler             Joshua 23:14 (Wesley’s notes translation)

The Wealth of Nations           Adam Smith                Isaiah 61:6

The Wings of the Dove           Henry James               Psalms 55:6

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