Meaning, Metaphor and Allusion:

Christian Imagination in a Visual Culture

Test your imagination. Do these passages call to mind their Biblical context for you?

  • Standing amid the alien corn
  • Eyeless in Gaza
  • The Prodigal Son
  • Who knew not Joseph
  • Bricks without straw
  • A prophet is not without honour
  • Through a glass darkly
  • The Good Samaritan
  • He fell among thieves
  • I, only I am left
  • An eye for an eye
  • The good shepherd
  • Put not your trust in princes
  • The last trump
  • The scarlet woman
  • Cast the first stone
  • A time for everything
  • The crown of thorns
  • In green pastures
  • The golden calf
  • The widow's mite
  • The widow's cruse
  • The scapegoat
  • The lion's den
  • The forbidden fruit
  • Shibboleth
  • The mote in your own eye
  • New wine in old wineskins
  • The coat of many colours
  • But if not...
  • Five small stones
  • Doubting Thomas
  • The Pharisee
  • Tithes
  • The wisdom of Solomon
  • The strength of Samson
  • The jawbone of an ass
  • Jacob and Esau
  • Gain the whole world
  • Eat, drink and be merry
  • Publicans and sinners
  • The last supper
  • Without blemish
  • As it was in the days of Noah
  • Aaron's rod that budded
  • Streets that are paved with gold
  • Man does not live by bread alone
  • Out of the strong came forth sweetness
  • Above the price of rubies
  • Weighed in the balances and found wanting
  • A city set on a hill
  • For such a time as this
  • My brothers' keeper
  • A Damascus road experience
  • The first fruits
  • Written in stone
  • I, being in the way
  • The mess of potage