Biblical Allusions

Inherited Guilt

Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel communicated that the old proverb, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, / And the children’s teeth are set on edge,” giving credence to the idea of inherited guilt, was not to be used any longer in Israel, but rather “every one shall die for his own iniquity [sin]; every man who […]

Judge of Nations

Tagged With: , - RECESSIONAL

The poem’s third stanza offers the once great cities, Nineveh and Tyre, now ruined, as looming examples in a dire warning. The prophecies of the destruction of these cities are detailed in the Bible. History records the accuracy of the prophecies. Nineveh’s continuing sin and resulting destruction is foretold throughout the entire Old Testament book […]

Empty Graves

Tagged With: , - HAMLET

There exists striking parallels between the imagery of EZEKIEL 37 : 12-13, MATTHEW 27 : 52-53 and Horatio’s observation (I, i) that, “A little ere the mightiest Julius fell, / The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead / Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets…” All three passages speak of graves being opened and their inhabitants coming out or being brought out.