|"Is this all real? Or has this been happening inside my head?"
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- "For one thing, the lack of common words for chemical concepts and processes, as well as the need for secrecy, led alchemists to borrow the terms and symbols of biblical and pagan mythology, astrology, kabbalah, and other mystic and esoteric fields; so that the even the plainest chemical recipe ended up readling like an abstruse magic incantation."
- — Libatius Borage, Advanced Potion-Making[src]
The Bible was a book viewed as being either the literal or inspired word of God. It was sacred scripture to both Judaism (at least the Old Testament, the first part) and Christianity, both religions practiced by Muggles as well as by Wizards. Alchemists, because of the lack of common words for chemical processes as well as the need for secrecy, borrowed terms from biblical mythology and other esoteric fields. The events surrounding the Philistine war with the Israelites (Goliath and the boy who slew him) are recorded in the Bible.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Mentioned only)