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Gallery: Bible verses and pop culture

Updated 5:46 PM ET, Fri May 25, 2012
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Pusha T -- Bible scholars may know it, but Exodus 23:1 was pretty obscure until it started trending Thursday on Twitter because it's the title of a new rap song by hip-hop artist Pusha T. The bible verse reads "Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness." But it's not the first time Scripture has popped up in pop culture. Here are a few other examples. Getty Images
'Pulp Fiction' -- Jules was a bad ... what his wallet said in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film "Pulp Fiction," and the contract killer's ritual of quoting Ezekiel 25:17 before he snuffed someone is legendary. The only thing is, the majority of the lines Samuel L. Jackson speaks about the tyranny of men and such aren't actually a part of that Bible verse. Ezekiel 25:17 says, "And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes, and they shall know that I am the Lord when I shall lay my vengeance upon them." Miramax Films
'The Apostle' -- This one is a no-brainer as Robert Duvall played Eulis "Sonny" Dewey, a fiery preacher out of Texas in this film. When Billy Bob Thornton's character shows up to demolish his church, Dewey stops him with the Bible and quotes Psalm 91:1 "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Butcher's Run Films
'The Shawshank Redemption' -- As prisoner Andy Dufresne, Tim Robbins must deal with a harsh warden with a penchant for Scripture, including "I am the light of the world. He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). Columbia Pictures
'Nell' -- Jodie Foster portrays the title character, who grows up isolated, with her own language. So imagine co-star Liam Neeson's character's surprise when she quotes a portion of Song of Solomon 6:4, "Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah ..." Twentieth Century Fox
Johnny Cash -- The legendary Johnny Cash cut right to the chase by titling one of his songs "1 Corinthians 15:55." That verse, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?," is the opening line for the tune. Getty Images