Pop Music and the Bible

"Many pop songs have an inspiration that may surprise you: The Bible!

Folksinger Pete Seeger’s iconic “Turn, Turn, Turn” which became a hit in 1965 by “The Byrds,” is taken from Ecclesiastes 3.

The 2005 bluegrass favorite titled “Doubting Thomas” referenced the disciples Thomas and Peter.
Popular R&B artist Lauryn Hill sings “Forgive Them Father” quoting both Luke 23 and the Lord’s Prayer—with lyrics also referring to Cain and Abel, and from Matthew 7: “wolves in sheep’s clothing.”

U2’s Bono has used numerous biblical references since his early albums. In a 2014 interview he said: “First of all David’s a musician so I’m gonna like him. . .and what’s so powerful about the psalms are, as well as their being Gospel and songs of praise, they’re also the Blues. . .”

Engage with the Bible—in its continuing influence!"

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