While a traditional zombie is a corpse specifically raised by magic and comes from Haitian voodoo, the concept of the walking undead goes back thousands of years. In fact, the first literary mention of the creature comes from the Bible. No, we're not talking about Jesus, although the prophet who rose from the dead would definitely fit the criteria. Instead, we are referencing Ezekiel 37:1-14, which reads as follows:
1. And the hand of YHVH was upon me, and YHVH brought me out by wind and set me down in the valley, and it was filled with bones... 7. ...And there was a voice.. and behold, earthquake, and the bones joined, bone to its bone. 8. And I saw, and behold, sinew upon them, and flesh rose, and skin covered over them, but there was no wind in them... 10. ... And the wind came into them and they lived, and they stood upon their legs, a very great horde.
So there you have it: Zombies are in the Bible. And they're in a legit chapter, not the Book of Revelations where all the other comic book stuff happens.