Names The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with reference to Biblical characters or stories in their names.

Biblical bands can be found in almost every genre of music. Plenty of bands have religious names – some intentionally, others not so much. This list includes bands named after Bible characters or stories, bands with “Bible” in their name, and more. Some seem incredibly obvious, but others might surprise you.

Genesis is one of the more obvious entries on this list. This band, which formed in the late 1960s, was originally going to be named “Gabriel’s Angels,” after lead singer and founding member Peter Gabriel. Another band member thought Genesis made sense, because it marked a beginning of the group’s musical journey. The Book of Genesis is the first book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. Genesis’ first album was called, appropriately enough, From Genesis to Revelation (Revelation is the last book of the Bible).

A lot of metal bands have Biblical band names, including Exodus, Black Sabbath (though adding “Black” certainly denotes a sinister air to the moniker), Avenged Sevenfold, Judas Priest (another way to say “Jesus Christ”), Ministry, Lamb of God, and Testament. There is also a new wave/pop group called simply “The Bible.” And of course, there’s Stryper, one of the first mainstream Christian rock groups

Bible band names are plentiful in the world of music. Which bands named after the Bible are your favorites? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any great groups that are missing.

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Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music
Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band's members are lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky ...more

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill ...more

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups ...more

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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal
Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. MTV ranked them the second "Greatest Metal Band" ...more

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41 37
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, ...more

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Testament is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal
Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, they are often credited as one of the most popular bands of the 1980s thrash metal ...more

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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal
Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 35 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the ...more

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Stryper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Glam metal, Nu metal, Rock music
Stryper is a Christian glam metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Tim Gaines, and Robert Sweet. In 2004, Gaines left the band and was ...more

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21 25
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
Nazareth are a Scottish hard rock band, founded in 1968, that had several hits in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s, and established an international audience with their 1975 album Hair of ...more

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16 22
Ministry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop
Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the ...more

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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Rock music
Third Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was founded by lead singer Mac Powell, guitarist Mark Lee and former member Billy Wilkins. The other ...more

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15 24
Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music
Jars of Clay is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. They met at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois. Jars of Clay consists of Dan Haseltine on vocals, Charlie Lowell on piano ...more

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Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal
Lamb of God is an American groove metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, ...more

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Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Dark ambient, Black metal, Heavy metal
Leviathan is an American black metal solo project that started in 1998 by Wrest. In Leviathan, Wrest records and plays all instruments including vocals entirely on his own. Additionally, Wrest ...more

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Sodom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal
Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. Along with the bands Kreator, Destruction and Tankard, Sodom is considered one of the "The Big Teutonic Four" of ...more

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12 23
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock
The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. They ...more

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judah & the lion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
RaychelPederson added judah & the lion

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10 21
The Church is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music
The Church are an Australian alternative rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. Initially associated with new wave and the neo-psychedelic sound of the mid-1980s, their music later became more ...more

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12 25
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Folk music, Folk rock
Peter, Paul and Mary were a United States folk-singing trio whose nearly 50-year career began with their rise to become a paradigm for 1960s folk music. The trio was composed of folk song writer ...more

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Saving Abel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock
Saving Abel is an American rock music group from Corinth, Mississippi, who were started in 2004 by Jared Weeks and Jason Null. The band title is from the ancient biblical story of Cain and Abel, ...more

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Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
Cathedral were a doom metal band from Coventry, England. The group gained attention upon release of its debut album, Forest of Equilibrium, which is considered a classic of the genre. However, ...more

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Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal
Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, the band was a major force in the death metal, thrash metal and groove metal ...more

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Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge
Our Lady Peace are a Canadian alternative rock/post-grunge band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1992. Headed by lead vocalist Raine Maida since its formation, the band additionally consists of ...more

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King James is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Rock music, Heavy metal
King James is a metal/rock supergroup formed in 1993 by guitarist Rex Carroll. He joined former Sacred Fire frontman, Jimi Bennett to form the band. Some time later, they recruited Tim Gaines ...more

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Lost Prophets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Lost Prophets Alternative rock, Hard rock, Post grunge