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50 Major Bible Characters
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God created him from dust and given life by God's breath into his nostrils. God placed him in the Garden of Eden to care for it. His wife was Eve. He and Eve committed the first sin by eating the forbidden fruit and was forced to leave the Garden of Eden.
The son of Adam and Eve. Abel was the younger brother of Cain and was a shepherd. He was killed by his brother, Cain, thus making him the first murder victim of the Bible.
Adam's son who tilled the ground and took care of the crops Cain, the oldest son of Adam and Eve. He brought God the best of what he did, the crops, but was rejected by God and so disappointed. He did not come to God with faith, nor the blood sacrifice and rejected what he knew God wanted. He worshiped him by sight. What he thought was right. His jealousies of Abel caused him to plot and kill his brother, making him the first murder in the Bible.
The first woman of the Bible, God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and took a rib from Adam and called her woman. Eve was to be Adam's helper. She was deceived by the Serpent as she desired the wisdom the Tree of Good and Evil would bring to her and took of the tree, ate it and gave it to Adam, her husband. She was cursed from God to have pain in childbirth and to be ruled
A man of Faith in the Hall of Faith, He believed God. The wickedness of the world caused God to destroy all of man with a flood. Noah was told to build an ark and take 2 of every kind of animal and bird with him. His family: 3 sons, Ham Japheth and Shem and their wives and his wife went with him. 40 days it rained and altogether he stayed 365-378 days on the ark, waiting for the waters to go down. The rainbow that comes into the sky even today is the promise (covenant) that God made to man not to ever destroy the earth with water. Read about Noah in Genesis 6-9:17
The father of Methuselah. After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God. Enoch is in the "Hall of Faith"- It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—"he disappeared, because God took him." For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. He warned the people around him that there would a day of judgment for the things they have done and spoken against God. Read about Enoch in Genesis 4:17,18, 5:18-23, Luke 3:37 Hebrews 11:5
By faith he believed God and left his father's home and traveled where God led him. Abram settled in Hebron and God promised him the land all the way to the river Euphrates. God told him his sons would be as many as the stars in the sky and he would become a great nation. Abram believed God, but his wife Sari doubted and offered her servant Hagar to be the mother of his son. Hagar the servant girl had a son from Abram, he was 86 when Ishmael was born. God "cut covenant" with Abram and changed his name to Abraham and promised he would have a son with his wife Sari and he would become a great nation. At 100 years old Abraham had a son and his name was Isaac
Wife to Abraham who was promised a son from God. She laughed at the promise because of her old age and then denied she laughed. God asked, Is there nothing too hard for me? Sarah gave Hagar her servant to Abraham and she began to treat her mistress Sarah ugly and Sarah treated her so harshly Hagar ran away. Sarah had at son at 99 years old and named him Isaac as she said the Lord has made me laugh. Isaac means "he laughs". Sarah is in the Hall of Faith for her faith in God. Read about Sari / Sarah in Genesis 12-23 and Hebrews 11
Sarah's Egyptian servant girl who was sent to Abraham to bear a son for him and Sarah. She and Sarah were jealous of each other and Hagar became ugly to Sarah. When Sarah complained to Abraham he told Sarah to do whatever she needed to do, so she treated her so harshly Hagar ran away. God spoke to Hagar in the dessert and told her to return to Sarah and do as she commands her to do as she would have a son, Ishmael and he would be a Prince of many nations. Again when Ishmael was older and Sarah's son, Isaac was born they were sent away again. God provided water for them and they lived in the wilderness. The Lord had heard her and told her she was going to be the mother of so many descendants she would not be able to count them. She was to name her son Ishmael, or God hears. She called the LORD by a different name because she said, "You are the God who sees me." Read about Hagar in Genesis 15 & 21
Abraham's son by Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian servant girl. Ishmael was considered a "wild donkey" and made fun of Isaac when he was growing up and Sarah sent Hagar and Ishmael away in the dessert. God rescued Hagar as she cried out to the God of Abraham. Ishmael became a skilled archer His mother chose an Egyptian wife for him and god's prophecy was fulfilled. Ishmael is the father of the Arab nation. Read about Ishmael in Genesis 16 & 21
Promised son of Abraham and his wife Sarah, that was to inherit the promise of God. Isaac was given the birthright of his father because God's promise 25 years earlier was with him and Sarah, not through Abraham's hand maiden. Isaac was tied to a rock to be sacrificed by his father in obedience to his father and Abraham's faith in God to provide the sin offering. God provided a ram in the bush and Isaac was spared through Abraham's obedience. He married Rebekah which was chosen by Abraham' servant and how twin sons, Jacob and Esau. Read about Isaac in Genesis
Wife of Isaac. Desiring to find a wife for Isaac that did not worship idols, Abraham sent his servant to his people to find a wife for Isaac. Rebekah was chosen as she not only offered to give water to the servant, but to his camels as well. She was childless for 20 years when Isaac asked the Lord to help her have children. She later gave birth to twins, Jacob and Esau. They struggled in her womb and God told her she was giving birth to the leaders of 2 nations and they would always be at war with each other. This is true to this day, as Rebekah helped the younger son, Jacob steal his brother's birthright when their father Isaac was old and blind. Rebekah favored her younger son Jacob as Isaac favored his older son Esau.
The oldest of Isaac's twin sons. He was the hairy one and he spent all of his time as a hunter in the wilderness. His father loved the wild game he would bring and prepared for him. He didn't value his birthright much and was tricked into giving it up for a bowl of soup and later when his father was giving his inheritance and blessings, Jacob dressed up like him and received his brother's blessing leaving Esau empty handed as Isaac had already given what he had to give and it couldn't be taken back. He lived very bitter for many years and vowed to destroy his brother for this. Read about Esau in Genesis25-27,32
Younger twin brother of Esau and son of Isaac and Rebekah. He obtained the first-born birth right by bribing his brother Esau with a bowl of porridge when he was very hungry and tricked his father for the first-born blessing. Esau was furious and Jacob had to run for his life. At Bethel he experienced God's will for him as he saw angels going up and down a ladder. His Uncle Laban is where he found safety from Esau. Jacob worked for 7 years to marry the woman he loved and was deceived by his father in law and agreed to work another 7years for Rachel. He worked a total of 20 years until he left without saying goodbye because Laban had become rich because of Jacob and did not want to see him go. He returned to his father's house, but sent gifts in hopes that Esau his brother would allow him to make a covenant of peace with him. Jacob met God at Bethel, which means House of God and there God said his name would no longer be called Jacob, but Israel because God would bless him and make a great nation from his descendants. He had wrestled with an angel there and got up with his hip out of socket form then on he walked with a limp. Read about Jacob in Genesis 27-37
The much loved wife of Jacob who fell in love at first sight. He worked 14 years to have her hand in marriage. Her father deceived him by giving Jacob her sister Leah as his wife after working 7 years for what he thought was going to be Rachel. She gave birth to 2 of his 12 sons, Joseph and Benjamin. Read about Rachel in Genesis 29-31,33,35 & 46
The next to the youngest of Jacob's twelve sons, he was his father's favorite because he loved his mother Rachel. His favorite kept him close to him and made him a coat of many colors. His brothers became very jealous of him and the boasting he did of his superiority. The planned to kill him, but decided to sell him into slavery to men going to Egypt. His father was told and made to believe he was killed by wild animals and continually mourn for him. While in Egypt he was thrown into prison on false charges and spent 13 years. He continued to dream and God gave him the ability to interrupt dreams. He was taken to Pharaoh to interrupt his dreams and his accuracy and wisdom caused Pharaoh to give him favor and put him in charge of Egypt and the harvests in preparation of 7 years of famine. He was restored to his family and his aging father due to them traveling for food. Joseph recognized God's hand over his life and forgave his brothers for their deeds. Joseph believed the promise of God and asked that he be brought out of Egypt when they returned to his promise land. Read about Joseph in Genesis 30, 37-50, Exodus 1.
Youngest son of Jacob. During the fame in Egypt, Jacob sent him and his half-bothers to buy grain from the prime Minster of Egypt, Joseph, who was his own brother (who they had sold into slavery many years before).
Older brother to Moses, he was raised in Egypt under the cruel treatment of slavery to the Jewish nation, or descendants of Abraham. He went with Moses to speak to Pharaoh for Moses and later became the High Priest for the Israelites in the wilderness in the Tent of meeting. He was from the tribe of Levites and as the Law was given God designed that the Levites would always serve in the Tabernacle and their children would serve from generation to generation. Read about Aaron in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
The older sister of Aaron and Moses. She watched over Moses when he was pulled out of the River Nile and offered her mother to be a nurse for Moses as a baby. She led the people in song and dance as they left Egypt. She and Aaron criticized Moses and was stricken with leprosy. Moses cried for God to heal her and after 7 days she was healed and accepted back into the camp. Read about Miriam in Exodus 15 and Numbers 12.
Born to Amram & Jochebed under a Pharaoh who ruled the Israelites harshly was hidden until his mother made a basket for him made of tar and straw. She put him into the Nile River and God kept watch over him as he reached the palace of Pharaoh. Pharaoh's daughter pulled him out of the Nile and he was raised as an Egyptian. He knew he was an Israelite and chose not to live in the palace. He killed an Egyptian and fled for his life, living on the backside of the mountain. God called him to service through a burning bush and he went back to Pharaoh's to ask for God's people to be set free. After 10 plagues Pharaoh consented to let the people go. Moses instructed the people on how to leave as the death angel passed over the blood and Moses led the people out to the Red Sea. Moses was called a friend of God and continued to lead the people in the wilderness. God took Moses up on the mountain where he received the 10 Commandments, laws written on stone tablets. God instructed Moses on how to build a Tabernacle as he desired to live among the people in the Holy of Holy. Moses became angry and disobeyed God and was not allowed to go into the Promise Land, but God did allow him to see it and God buried Moses himself. Read about Moses in Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
An assistant of Moses from his youth, Joshua was full of the Spirit. He was brave and eager to serve God. God told Moses to lay hands on him and he received supernatural wisdom as
One of the 12 spies sent by Moses to scout the Promised land of Canaan. He and Joshua were the only two spies that urged the tribes to move at once to take the Land.
He took pity on a young Moabite widow named Ruth who was working in the fields. His kindness and Ruth's loyalty is the plot of the book of Ruth. Boaz and Ruth married, their son, Obed, was David's granddaughter.
A shepherd boy who knew the value of seeking God while he was young. He often referred to the skills acquired as a shepherd and related it to God and his care for his children. His skills with the sling shot and his relationship with God gave him the ability to defeat the Philistine giant, Goliath. Israel's most famous King. He was a gifted musician who was sent to King Saul to soothe the emotionally ill King. He rapidly advanced in Saul's court until his popularity made Saul insanely jealous. Eventually, he was recognized as King of the entire nation and made Jerusalem the religious center by bringing the Ark of the Covenant into capital. He had a sordid affair with Bathsheba and wrote a powerful Psalms of how sin affected him and his heart of repentance towards God. God restored his relationship back to him, but his family life suffered greatly because of his poor choices.
The son of David. He was talented leader who broke his father's heart by leading a revolt against him which nearly succeeded, causing David to flee Jerusalem.
A great prophet of the Old Testament. His entire career he was a prophet against idolatry and corruption in which Israel had declined. He challenged the prophets of Baal in a contest using ditches, fire and precious water. He angered Jezebel, Ahab's wife who was a Baal worshipper and threated to kill him for destroying the prophets. He was "translated" (did not taste death) into the heavens by a fiery chariot.
The disciple of and successor to the great prophet, Elijah. He was plowing when Elijah threw his mantle on him, adopting him as his son and calling him as a prophet. After about six years he became the chief prophet in Israel. He followed as Elijah had, with a heart that desired justice and mortality in his nation. He asked Elijah for a double portion of his blessings to do the work for God he had seen in Elijah. He died with 13 miracles and when a body was thrown into a pit his bones brought the man back to life making 14 miracles, double that of Elijah's.
A great prophet. He was carried into captivity as youth to Babylon. Daniel and his companions withstood many hardships but kept to their laws decreed by Moses. They were favored by God and put into the Babylonian court as they were given much wisdom. He developed a consistent prayer life and after his fellow court members were all aware he served the God of Israel. He interpreted the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar, when no others could. Daniel had a prominent position under the Persian ruler Cyrus, but jealous men had him arrested because he refused to bow to the emperor. He was thrown into lion's den, but he was not harmed as angels had shut the mouths of the lions.
A prophet called by God to prophesy to Judah. He had great insight into the Messiah and much of his prophesies were of the coming King that would save God's people. He writes many things of the future and is very descriptive in his understanding of Jesus death on the cross in Isaiah 53.
A High Priest who believed Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah. He lived in Damascus and God spoke to him about going to pray for Saul. Although he was afraid of Saul, god gave him power over his fear and when Saul came to him he prayed for him and baptized Saul, healing him of his temporary blindness. Acts
He was the first of Jesus' twelve disciples. He was the disciple who brought the boy with the loaves and fishes to Jesus, to perform the miracle of feeding the 5,000. He also brought his brother, Simon Peter to Jesus and he became a follower as well.
One of Paul's closest friends, co-workers in the profession of tent making and evangelizing. He, and his wife Priscilla, were Jewish and converted to Christianity. They were expelled from Rome and settled in Corinth, working with Paul and were the center of the church at Corinth.
Friend and companion of Paul. He was commissioned by the church at Antioch to conduct a missionary tour with Paul.
One of the 12 Apostles, it is believed that he later preached the gospel in India and was martyred.
A roman centurion who sent for Peter and was asked to be received as a convert to the Christian faith. He was baptized as Peter's first Gentile convert.
The mother of John the Baptist. She was a cousin to Mary, mother of Jesus. In her old age, she was promised a son by the Angel Gabriel.
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