Can You Name the Bible Character from Just One Clue?

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By: Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

Think you know the characters of the Bible inside and out? The Bible has had an untold influence on world history. It's bolstered empires, crushed others, changed lives, and led to millions of deaths over the centuries. People who believed they are acting on behalf of the Christian God have changed the world forever. In fact, a period of European History that lasted for centuries, the Middle Ages, was dominated entirely by the Church.

Many famous characters, plots, and sayings from the Bible have become such a staple of modern culture and language that many people don't even know that they are quoting or referencing the Bible when that's exactly what they are doing. The Bible is full of iconic villains, heroes, and spiritual figures that have fascinated people throughout the centuries. It was the basis of much of Western art, from paintings to novels to plays and music. Today its influence can still be felt in films, TV shows, and more, whether they are explicitly Christian in nature or not.

If you think you know your biblical characters inside and out and can guess them from only a single clue, try your hand at this very biblical quiz!

She gave birth to Jesus.

Mary gave birth to Jesus. This event occurs in both the New Testament and the Quran.

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He was the first man created by God.

Adam is the first man created by God in "Genesis." God creates him from the earth.

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This King of Israel is renowned for his wisdom.

Solomon was the last king of united Israel before it split into Judah and Israel. He is well known for his wisdom and wealth.

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He betrayed Jesus.

Judas Iscariot is the most famous of the apostles, known for betraying Jesus for 30 silver coins. He is a controversial figure, because according to Christian myth, his betrayal and the death of Christ were necessary for the salvation of humanity.

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Which apostle is known for his skepticism?

Thomas is known as "Doubting Thomas" informally because he doubted Jesus' resurrection at first. He travelled as far as India preaching, and founded the Indian Religious community that would come to by known as the Nasrani.

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He floated down the Nile in a basket as a baby.

Moses is the famous savior of the Israelites, who led them out of slavery in Egypt. He grew up as an Egyptian royal after his mother hid him on the Nile to spare him from the orders of the Pharoah, which were for all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed.

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She was a female follower of Jesus.

Mary Magdalene traveled with Jesus as one of his followers. She is mentioned throughout the Gospels more than any of the apostles.

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She was made from Adam's rib.

Eve was the first woman created by God. She was made from the rib of Adam, the first man.

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About half of the books in the New Testament are attributed to this apostle.

Paul was not one of the original apostles, but was a key apostle who preached during the first century. He founded several churches throughout Eurasia.

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He committed the first murder.

Cain was the first son of Adam and Eve and the first person ever born. He killed his younger brother, Abel, making him the first human to die.

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She is one of the major female prophets of Israel.

Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron. She played a part in leading the Jews from slavery into freedom.

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Jacob first fell in love with this woman.

Jacob first fell in love with Rachel, but was tricked into marrying her older sister Leah on their wedding day. Laban, the father of the sisters, insisted that his older daughter should marry first.

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He is best known for the crucifixion of Jesus.

Pontius Pilate was a prefect of the Roman province of Judea. He is reluctant to execute Jesus, but does so when the gathered crowd demands it.

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He was almost sacrificed to God.

Isaac was the son of Abraham. He was almost sacrificed to God by his father.

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Jesus brought him back to life.

Lazarus is known as Saint Lazarus and Lazarus of the Four Days. He took part in what is possibly the most famous of the miracles of Jesus, by being brought back to life by Jesus four days after his death.

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He is the Patriarch of the Israelites.

Jacob gave birth to 12 sons who founded the 12 tribes of Israel. He is mentioned throughout Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Mormon literature.

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He killed Goliath.

David Killed Goliath, the large Philistine, using his wits. He later became the second King of Israel.

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He is one of the Four Evangelists.

Luke the Evangelist is one of the Four Evangelists. This means he is considered to be one of the four authors of the traditional gospels.

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She was the wife of Abraham.

Sarah was the half-sister and wife of Abraham. She was the mother of Isaac.

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She was Israel's only female judge.

Deborah was the only female judge in Israel's history. She helped instill an era of peace following the lawless years before the country had its first king.

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She was a wicked queen of Israel who met a gruesome death.

Jezebel was the wife of Ahab. She had a man killed on false pretenses and championed paganism. As a result, she was eventually thrown out of a window and her body was eaten by stray dogs.

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He was the legal father of Jesus.

Joseph was the husband of Mary and legal father of Jesus. He is venerated as a saint across numerous Christian denominations.

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He is believed by some to be a brother of Jesus.

According to some denominations, Jude is one of the brothers of Jesus and in others, he is maybe a cousin of Jesus. James the Just holds a similar statue, with different Christian denominations believing his has different relations to Jesus.

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He is thought to be the only apostle to have not been killed for his faith.

John the Evangelist is the name given to the author of the Gospel of John, about an anonymous apostle. John is believed to be the only apostle to live to old age and not be killed for his faith.

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He baptized Jesus.

John the Baptist is considered a prophet by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Bahá'ís, and Mandaeans. He used baptism as a religious rite.

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He is said to have started the Church of Alexandria.

Mark the Evangelist is a saint and important figure in Early Christianity. He is thought to have brought Christianity to Africa.

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She was Lazarus' sister.

Martha of Bethany was the sister of Lazarus. She witnessed his resurrection.

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He was a traveling companion of Paul the Apostle.

Silas was a first century Early Christian leader. He accompanied Paul the Apostle on missionary journies.

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He is the first Christian martyr.

Stephen is venerated as Christianity's first martyr. He was stoned to death.

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He was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.

Joseph is known for being the favorite of his father Jacob and his coat of many colors. After being sold into slavery in Egpyt by his jealous brothers, he rose to a prominent position by interpreting the Pharoah's dreams.

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He is the common patriarch of all Abrahamic religions.

Abraham is an important figure in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, also known as the Abrahamic religions. He nearly sacrificed his son Isaac to God, before God stayed his hand.

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This King of the Northern Kingdom of Israel killed an entire royal house.

Jehu killed the entire royal house of Ahab, under God's instruction. Ahab is remembered as a wicked King.

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She gave birth to the first of Jacob's children.

Rachel was Jacob's first love and favorite wife. After seeing that she was unloved by Jacob, God gave her the first of his children.

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This apostle of Jesus is considered to be the first pope by Catholics.

Peter is one of the most well-known apostles of Jesus Christ. He is considered to be a leader of the early Christian church.

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Her wedding is the basis for many Jewish weddings.

Rebecca was known for her generous nature and the wife of Isaac. Parts of their wedding have been taken and used in traditional Jewish weddings for centuries.

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