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Suggested resources to explore faith and the arts


So check back periodically as we continue to collect various resources(see caution*)

Books Exploring IMAGERY in the Bible

Following is a list of resources possibly helpful in beginning an exploration of imagery in the Bible, for use in the making of meaningful, scripturally informed art and literature. This list is by no means comprehensive but is rather a jumping-off point for those seeking illustrations based on biblical images, symbols, archetypes, motifs, metaphors, and literary patterns.


Let Me Illustrate by Donald Grey Barnhouse


Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. Edited by Leland Rykan and Tremper Longman III


Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature. Edited by David Lyle Jeffrey

Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. Edited by Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman III


The Great Code: The Bible and Literature. by Northrop Frye

Literary Study Bible. Edited by Leland Ryken and Philip Graham Ryken

Christian Themes in English Literature by Peter Milward


Our Roving Bible: Tracking Its Influence Through English And American Life by Lawrence E Nelson


New Bible Dictionary. Edited by J.D. Douglas et al.


The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken


How to Read the Bible as Literature by Leland Ryken


Realms of Gold by Leland Ryken


Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible by Leland Ryken. 

A Walk in the Garden: Biblical, Iconographical and Literary Images of Eden. Edited by Paul Morris and Deborah Sawyer


75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music, and Film by Terry Glaspey


Art for God's Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts by Leland Ryken

Art and the Bible Francis Schaeffer 

Modern Art and the Death of a Culture Hans Rookmaaker

Rembrandt Is in the Wind by Russ Ramsey

The Use and Abuse of Modern Art Jacques Barzun

The Story of Painting Sister Wendy

Art and Faith: A Theology of Making Makoto Fujimura

The Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland


Life with a Capital L by Matt Heard

For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts. Edited by W. David O. Taylor 


People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture by David Lyle Jeffrey


The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers


Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts by Stev Turner


ANY by C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer


Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest

C.S. Lewis A Year With C. S. Lewis: 365 Daily Readings from his Classic Works

Faith and Arts Connections and Spiritual Formation



Our Faith Arts Presentations and Interviews: 

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ANY Fiction and Fantasy by George McDonald

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This list does not endorse all the thoughts and positions of the included authors; neither should it be used as a substitute for personal, proper Bible study! It’s intended as a convenience for those wondering where to start in educating themselves about the Bible as literature; please keep in mind that the Bible is not first literature but the inspired and inerrant Word of God. (Please see the Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy: )

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