Biblical Allusions

The Good Samaritan


LUKE 10 : 30 records Jesus beginning one of His most famous parables—that of the Good Samaritan. Jesus tells of a certain man who was traveling and “fell among thieves.” In Treasure Island, Stevenson describes Dick as having “been well brought up before he came to sea and fell among bad companions.”


Lincoln quotes Jesus from MATTHEW 18 : 7, “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh” (KJV). The same sentiment can be found in LUKE 17 : 1.


In this tribute to Charlotte Brontë, Dickinson speaks of Charlotte’s travels and return home to Haworth, commenting that Gethsemene could attest to her anguish. Gethsemene is the garden on the Mount of Olives where Jesus went with his disciples to pray after their observance of the Lord’s Supper, and where He was subsequently betrayed by […]

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 […]