The Bible: It’s Influence on Literature

Marilynne Robinson’s, Gilead.
John Steinbeck’s, East of Eden.
William Faulkner’s, Absalom, Absalom!

Only the tip of the iceberg of the Bible’s influence on literature! Northrop Frye, an influential literary scholar of the second half of the twentieth century, wrote: “The Bible should be taught so early and so thoroughly that it sinks straight to the bottom of the mind, where everything that comes along later can settle on it.”

George Lindbeck, former professor of theology at Yale University, observed: There was a time when every educated person, no matter how professedly unbelieving or secular, knew the actual text from Genesis to Revelation.”

Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer prize-winning author, wrote: “The Bible is the model for and subject of more art and thought than those of us who live within its influence, consciously or unconsciously, will ever know."

Engage with the Bible—this Book of all books!