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Narnia in the Bible

Postby Cleander » Oct 30, 2018 3:42 pm

Hi everyone, I realize that many of us who read and love Narnia also read and love the Bible. (The main distinction between the two being that one is believed to be the inspired Word of God). C.S. Lewis was a student of old myths and legends, as well as of the Bible; both would serve as inspirations for Narnia books. Lewis worked in subtle elements from both into the Narnia tales. The biblical origins are sometimes easy to see, and other times... you just get a vague feeling that there's SOMETHING bible-inspired in the Narnia story you're reading (or maybe even something Narnian in the Bible passage you're reading =)) ). I'm not just referencing the symbolism in the stories (that's a whole different topic); I'm talking about when part of a Narnia story seems to actually resemble a certain Bible verse! Here's a good example: "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not faint."- Isaiah 40:31
Sound just a tad like the scene in Aslan's country in The Last Battle, anyone? ;;)
Here's one that's a little less direct, but still pretty cool for its strange resemblance to a certain scene in the Silver Chair:
" Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment, and a babbler (aka Rilian) is no better."- Ecclesiastes 10:11
See what I mean?
What kind of Bible/Narnia parallels can you think of? (It's Ok to take verses a little out of context here if you think it works. I just wouldn't advise you to do that when trying to determine what you believe. :D )
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Re: Narnia in the Bible

Postby Col Klink » Nov 03, 2018 7:48 am

When I read The Magician's Nephew for the first time, the part about Frank not wanting to be king without his wife reminded me of this part of the book of Genesis.

18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

King Frank and Queen Helen are explicitly compared to Adam and Eve in the Last Battle. To be honest though, I feel like some people have exaggerated the connections between the Narnia books and the Bible. There are definitely Christian themes in the books but they aren't whole plot references to the Bible. Attempts to match up each main character with a biblical figure don't stand up to much scrutiny in my experience.

(I'm not saying this thread is bad. I just wanted to express that opinion in case people don't remember my expressing it on the old forum.)
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Re: Narnia in the Bible

Postby Cleander » Nov 03, 2018 9:06 am

King Frank and Queen Helen are explicitly compared to Adam and Eve in the Last Battle. To be honest though, I feel like some people have exaggerated the connections between the Narnia books and the Bible. There are definitely Christian themes in the books but they aren't whole plot references to the Bible. Attempts to match up each main character with a biblical figure don't stand up to much scrutiny in my experience.

(I'm not saying this thread is bad. I just wanted to express that opinion in case people don't remember my expressing it on the old forum.)[/quote]

Actually I agree with you there, Col Klink. There is a tendency to assume that everything in Narnia represents something- but if we go down that road we'll soon be asking what the significance of all Dwarfs having a smoking habit is. These stories, as is probably so often pointed out, are meant to be supposals- not everything has a Biblical parallel.
This thread is just about finding verses in the Bible that remind us of Narnia- I'm not saying that all of the Narnia-to-Bible similarities that we discover as people continue to post will be significant parallels.
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Re: Narnia in the Bible

Postby coracle » Nov 03, 2018 4:26 pm

I agree too.
I find it hard to understand why some people insist on drawing a parallel between every person and event of Narnia and something in the Bible.
The Narnia stories are not the Bible - people and events do often remind us of things in the Bible but they are NOT those things, nor do they represent them.
The Narnia books are not allegorical in any way. The writer said so.
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Re: Narnia in the Bible

Postby Stylteralmaldo » Nov 04, 2018 5:33 am

Well, CS Lewis was a Christian so to say there aren’t parallels would be false in my opinion. Obviously King Frank isn’t Adam. However, it does appear Aslan is pretty close to being Jesus. I mean, Aslan transforms into a lamb in one of the stories. It doesn’t get much more obvious than that.

It’s hard to escape who you are in your writing. Lewis was a Christian. His Christianity is going to come out in his writing. Whether King Frank was deliberately meant to be Adam or not really isn’t the point. Adam comes out through his writing through the character of King Frank.
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