Biblically Inspired Song: Leonard Cohen’s “Story of Isaac”

There are many well-known songs inspired by Israel and the Bible, including Jewish artist Leonard Cohen’s “Story of Isaac,” from 1969. There is a clear theme of the story of God commanding Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah, from the perspective of Isaac (as opposed to his “Highway 61 Revisited,” which addresses the subject from Abraham’s perspective). References to the Hebrew Bible are common in Cohen’s songs, such as the modern-day standard “Hallelujah,” from his 1984 album Various Positions.

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