In the Gospels, a woman who became a follower of Jesus after he drove out her demons. She is also described as a woman who was present at the Crucifixion, as an attendant at his burial, and as one of the witnesses to the discovery of the empty tomb 3 days later.
The mother of Jesus.
In the New Testament, one of the four Gospels that record the life of Jesus. This gospel stresses the ways in which Jesus fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament.
For Jews and Christians, this is the promised "Anointed One" or Christ, the savior who is to deliver mankind from sin.
The oldest man mentioned in the Bible. According to the Book of Genesis, he was the grandfather of Noah and lived to be 969 years old.
One of the most important Angels, who was the guardian angel of the Jews and the leader of the celestial armies in the Book of Revelation. He is often depicted with scales for weighing the souls of the dead on Judgment Day.
A period of a thousand years fortold in the Book of Revelation. During this time, those who have been faithful to Jesus and .eschewed the worship of the Antichrist will reign with Jesus over a Paradisical Earth
A Canaanite idol who demanded the sacrifice of first born children. The Old Testament prohpets railed against the worship of this idol.
In addition to being a Canaanite idol, this figure also appears in Milton's "Paradise Lost" as a malevolent figure.
This word from an ancient Canaanite god also refers to something that has the power to extract extreme sacrifice.
This great leader, lawgiver, and prophet of the ancient Hebrews led his people out of slavery in Egypt.
The birth of Jesus, described in two of the Gospels, when Jesus' parents traveled to Bethlehem and gave birth to Jesus in a stable.
The hometown of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
The second part of the Christian Bible. Christians believe that it records a new covenant that fulfills and completes the old covenant with the Hebrews.
The Book of Genesis describes how this man followed God's command to build a large ark to house his family and two of all of the living creatures of the world to save them from destruction in the great flood.
The brach brought by a dove to Noah's ark signifying that the flood was receding.
The eating of the Forbidden Fruit by Adam and Eve is the source of this difficulty humanity must face.
In the New Testament, these are stories such as "The Good Samaritan" and "The Prodigal Son" told by Jesus to convey his religious message.
This event is celebrated annually by Jews to remember the tenth plague and the deliverance of the Jews out of captivity in Egypt.
In the Old Testament, these are the founding fathers of the Israelites: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the sons of Jacob.
This ancient Christian preacher and teacher was one of the foremost leaders of the Christian Church. Originally persecutor of Christians, he converted and spent the rest of his life bringing the Gospel to peoples of the ancient world. The New Testament includes his many letters to the early Christian Communities.
This word means letters especially refers to the letters to the early Christian Communities.
In the New Testament, this is the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples of Jesus. On that morning, "there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
Chief among the 12 Apostles, he was a fisherman, originally named Simon. Jesus gave him this name which means "rock," saying, "Upon this Rock, I will build my Church." He is regarded as the first Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Apostle Peter is often depicted holding these.
Saint Peter's Basilica
This great church of the Vatican was later built on what was believed to be the site of this martyr's burial.
The title of the kings of ancient Egypt.
A group of teachers among the Jews at the time of Jesus. They were a progressive, reforming group of Jewish lay scholars, who worked to relate the Torah to the events of every day life. Jesus frequently rebukes them in the Gospels for hypocrisy.
These were one of the principal enemies of the Israelites in the Old Testament in their settlement in the promised land. Goliath was one of them.
This word for an ancient Israelite enemy has come to mean a person who is ignorant and uncultured.
The Roman governor of Judea at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus. Although he found Jesus guilty of nothing, he sentenced him to death by crucifixion, because the crowds demanded it, after first "washing his hands" of the matter.
This is a character in a Jesus Parable who illustrates how generous God is in forgiving sinners who repent. This man wasted his inheritance with riotous living, then returned homes only to be received by his father with loving arms.
The land of Canaan, at least in the eyes of the ancient Israelites.
Someone who brings a message from God to the people.
Book of Psalms
This Old Testament book of prayerful songs and songs of praise is generally ascribed to King David.
She was the second wife of Jacob, who was sterile for many years, but eventually had two sons: Joseph and Benjamin.
At the time of the Exodus, the parting of these waters helped the Israelites escape pursuit by the Egyptians.
Book of Revelation
The last book of the New Testament, traditionally attributed to the Apostle John, predicts the violent end of the world and the Second Coming of Jesus.
The great-grandmother of King David is known for her kindness and faithfulness. When her husband died, she accompanied her mother-in-law Naomi back to the country of the Israelites where she married a rich relative of her dead husband who was attracted to her generosity.
She was the stepdaughter of Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, who arranged for the beheading of John the Baptist.
salt of the earth
In popular usage, this means a person of admirable character. It comes from the Sermon on the Mount.
In the Old Testament, he was an Israelite who pitted his invincible strength and his wits against the Philistines on many occasions. He was eventually betrayed by his lover Delilah, who tricked him into telling her that the source of his strength lay in his uncut hair.
This lover of Samson cut his hair while he slept, and called for the Philistines who captured and blinded him.
The name of Paul, before he converted.
The return of Jesus as prophesied by the Book of Revelation.
Sermon on the Mount
This famous event, described in the Gospel of Matthew is the central expression of the teachings of Jesus. It begins with the Beatitudes, contains the Lord's Prayer, and the Golden Rule.
This creature tempted Eve into eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which led to the Fall of Man.
Queen of Sheba
This biblical queen, famous for her beauty and wealth, traveled from afar to test the wisdom of King Solomon. By the end of their meeting, she praised the God of the Israelites.
In the Old Testament, this was a password used by the Israelites that was chosen because their enemies could not pronounce it. By extension, it now means a test to prove membership in a group.
In the Book of Exodus, this is the mountain that Moses ascended to receive the tablets of the law.
Sodom and Gomorrah
These two evil cities were destroyed with a rain of fire and brimstone in the Book of Genesis.
This Old Testament judge, defeated the Midianites when massively outnumbered in a major battle. He fooled the opposition by blasting trumpets to make the enemy believe the Hebrew forces were much larger than they really were.
This Levite priest, who was dedicated to God as a child, was the last of the Judges and the man chosen by God to anoint both Saul and David kings.