Walking Dead: Father Gabriel’s Bible Passages


The survivors on The Walking Dead haven’t spent a lot of time in a church, and neither have I.  Honestly, I’ve avoided organized religion for most of my life.  However, after seeing some of the references to Biblical passages in season 5 episode 2, I had to see what those were all about.

There were many religious items in inside St. Sarah’s Episcopal Church (St. Sarah is the patron saint of gypsies), including handwritten selections from Genesis, many childrens drawings of the burning bush, and a needlework from Galatians.  But for this article, we’ll focus on the writings on the church wall.

Here are the passages on the wall outside the church as well as inside the church on a board:

Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life.

Ezekiel 37:7 – So I prophesied as commended: and as i prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

Matthew 27:52 – And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.

Revelation 9:6 – And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Luke 24:5 – And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

In addition to the passages on the church walls, written above the big arch were the following words from John 6:54:  “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life”.

It is quite interesting to me how many of these Bible quotes can be related to the events that are happening on The Walking Dead.  It is also impressive that a television show about the zombie apocalypse could get someone to read the Bible after not picking one up for at least 20 years.

Hopefully, the church can help protect the survivors.  But I have a feeling that security might be one of the few things that those four walls and a roof can’t contain.