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Abraham and Isaac

-Symbolic of man's willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice to demonstrate his faith and trust in God
-Symbolic of the idea that faith and trust in God shall be rewarded.

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Absalom

Alludes to paternal grief and to a lost and faithless son

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Burning bush

Represents physical proof of divinity

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Cain and Abel

A theological reference to innocent blood and the archetypal brother-versus-brother conflict

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Cast thy bread upon the waters

Share our wealth with those who need it and says that it shall be returned to us

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Daniel

"Read the handwriting in the wall"

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David and Bathsheba

Gave birth to Solomon

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David and Goliath

Symbolic of just defeating the unjust

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Eye for an Eye

Equal punishment for a transgression or injury

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Heap coals of fire

"Be kind to your enemy"

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Isaac

Promise or covenant with God

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Jacob

Twelve tribes of Israel

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Jacob and Esau

A literary reference to the pair may allude to discord between siblings, to the politics of the birthright, or to the idea of the fortunate or favored son

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Jacob's ladder

Symbolic of the path to God and to heaven

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Jephthah's daughter

She is the model for later Christian saints who died to protect their virginity

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Jezebel

A seductive woman who leads the hero astray

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Joseph and his brothers

Seven years of famine would follow seven years plenty

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Jonah

Prefigured Christ's death, three days in the tomb, and resurrection

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Lion lies down with the lamb

Idyllic harmony and universal peace of the earthy paradise

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Lot/Lot's wife

Illustrative of the idea that God punishes those who are disobedient

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Moses

He committed one arrogant sin - striking a rock to bring forth needed water - he himself was not permitted to enter the Promised Land

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Nebuchadnezzar's dream

Fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon

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Noah and the flood

A terrific flood

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Philistines

Connotes an ignorant, crude, and rude person lacking in culture

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Rachel and Leah

Referred to together as the matriarchs of Israel

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Ruth

Her intertribal marriage to Boaz also represents openness to the world

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Sodom and Gomorrah

Symbols of debauchery

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Solomon

The model of the "Solomon-like" decision

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Swords into ploughshares

Often used by speakers advocating peace

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Tower of Babel

The diversity of languages in the world