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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39 20
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

2
26 15
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

3
34 24
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

4
25 19
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

5
27 27
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

6
16 20
Testament is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

7
14 18
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

8
12 18
Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

9
9 14
Ministry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

10
9 15
Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

11
10 17
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Folk music, Folk rock

12
7 13
The Church is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

13
12 20
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
9 16
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

15
7 14
Stryper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Glam metal, Nu metal, Rock music

16
6 13
Third Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Rock music

17
6 13
Sodom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

18
6 13
Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Dark ambient, Black metal, Heavy metal

19
7 15
Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

20
5 14
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

21
4 14
God is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Noise rock, Rock music

22
6 17
Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

23
6 17
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

24
5 17
Lost Prophets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Lost Prophets Alternative rock, Hard rock, Post grunge

25
2 12
King James is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Rock music, Heavy metal

26
2 14
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

27
2 18
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

28
1 14
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Experimental rock, Post rock

29
1 14
Biblecode Sundays is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Celtic rock, Celtic fusion, Folk rock

30
1 15
Sweet Jesus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Shoegazing, Britpop, Glam rock

31
0 15
Teenage Jesus and The Jerks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Noise rock, No wave, Punk rock