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Making Connections to the Bible

Presentation By: Cecily Wagner

Ms. Stephanie Harris

English II Honors 3rd Block

Lake Norman High School


Main Points of the Chapter

"CONNECT THESE DOTS: garden, serpent, plagues, flood, parting of waters, loaves, fishes, forty days, betrayal, denial, slavery and escape, fatted calves, milk and honey" (Foster 47).

You can finds biblical references through:

  • Imagery ex. dove
  • Parallels ex. loss of innocence = Adam and Eve
  • Titles ex. East of Eden
  • Allusions ex. "It was like the great flood"
  • Names ex. Mary
  • Themes ex. good vs. evil
  • Symbols ex. lion to Jesus in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Plots ex. nativity story

"Okay, so there are a lot of ways the bible shows up. But isn't that a problem for anyone who isn't... A bible scholar? Well, I'm not. But even I can recognize a biblical allusion" (Foster 54).

So... You DO NOT have to know the bible well to make connections!

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Signifigance of Names

Ebenezer Scrooge

Come thou Fount of Every Blessing

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;

hither by thy help I'm come;

and I hope, by thy good pleasure,

safely to arrive at home.


"a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning 'stone of help'" (Ebenezer).

1 Samuel 7:12

"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (New International Version, 1 Samuel 7.12).

Characters as Symbols

Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future


The Theme of Redemption

Ephesians 1:7

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace" (New International Version Ephesians, 1.7).


Ending of the Book

God's Promise of Everlasting Life

  • Scrooge is redeemed in the end of the book despite what the Ghost of Christmas Future showed him.

Hebrews 7:25

"Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them" (New International Version Hebrews, 7.25).


Word Grids/ Semantic Feature Analysis

  • An organizer where you check off references you find as you read the text

The Last Night of the World - Ray Bradbury (A Short Story)


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