The first chapter of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is a good place to start when discussing Biblical allusions. Bulgakov uses both kinds of allusions, direct and indirect allusion. Allusion is defined by Dictionary.com as:
a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication
Students most often encounter the indirect allusion such as, for example, the typical Biblical allusion: "He said he washed his hands of the whole matter." This is an indirect allusion relating to Pontius Pilot who disagreed with the crucifixion of Jesus and publicly washed his hands to symbolize his detachment from and denunciation of the crucifixion to come.
Bulgakov uses both indirect and direct Biblical allusions starting from the first chapter. An early example of indirect Biblical allusion is:
His gaze halted on the upper storeys, whose panes threw back a blinding, fragmented...
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