Biblical Allusions


With an encouraging forgiveness in his voice, Lincoln famously and powerfully ends his address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for […]


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In chapter two, Ishmael describes The Spouter Inn as “a queer sort of place – a gable-ended old house, one side palsied as it were, and leaning over sadly. It stood on a sharp bleak corner, where that tempestuous wind Euroclydon kept up a worse howling than ever it did about poor Paul’s tossed craft.” […]

The Holy Spirit


In chapter 11, Hawthorne observes all that some of the Puritan fathers “lacked was the gift that descended upon the chosen disciples, at Pentecost, in tongues of flame…” ACTS 2 : 1-4 records “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

The Ark of the Covenant

Much like Patrick Henry in his Speech to the Virginia Convention, Whittier declares that there is a “Just God!” (See “Betrayed with a Kiss” for a discussion of that Biblical allusion.) Whittier goes on to speak of “Israel’s Ark of light,” an allusion to The Ark of the Covenant, also called The Ark of the […]


In ACTS 2 : 17, the Apostle Peter quotes the Old Testament prophet Joel (JOEL 2 : 28) saying, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, / that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; / Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, / Your young men shall see visions, / Your old men shall dream dreams.”