Can You Name These Biblical Figures From Three Hints?


By: Tasha Moore

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Here's your chance to finally check in with specific figures from the Bible. Complete this quiz by guessing the correct Bible name when you are given three hints. The hints provided are super specific and the choices are easy to weed through. This is an Old Testament-intensive endeavor, so recall the kings, the judges and the prophets who made the holiness happen back in the hallowed day.

Abimelech, Absalom, Eleazar and Korah are just several of the names you'll get to contemplate during this quiz. Count on encountering some of the goriest details that you never thought the Bible would divulge regarding all that was sacrificed in order to build a Promised Land. Kingdoms fell, would-be rulers slew to rule some other day, fathers sinned terribly, sons betrayed mercilessly. Yes, it's all in the Old Testament, and this quiz proves the point!

God's only blessed son's kinfolk tried figuring things out in a newbie kingdom, kicking things off to a shaky start, but for a divine purpose. See if you can piece together reasons for the treasons, stabbings and betrayals. Match those hints to the correct offenders on this quiz and boost your brain's Bible cache!

Just how well do you know the dramatic characters in the Bible - chapter and verse?

He was the first major shipbuilder in the Bible. He was a man of obedience, faith and consistency. He was the only follower of God left in his generation. Who is this Old Testament figure?

Genesis 6:22 states, "Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he," which proves Noah's faithfulness. The flood destroyed all inhabitants of the Earth, other than Noah and his family.


He was the first human child. He was the first murderer. He was the first to follow in his father's profession of farming. Who was this person?

Cain was the firstborn to the first human beings, Adam and Eve. Genesis 4:8 explains how Cain slew his brother Abel in a field, due to jealousy. When asked about the whereabouts of his brother, Cain responds, in Genesis 4:9, "Am I my brother's keeper?"


He was Abraham's nephew. He was Moab and Ammon's father. He was a successful businessman. Who is this biblical figure?

Genesis 12:5 describes Lot as Abraham's "brother's son." The thirteenth chapter explains Lot's wealth: "And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents."


He was priest and King of Salem (Jerusalem), he was a Christ figure, and Christ's priesthood was after his order. Who was he?

Hebrews 6:20 contains the words, "even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." Melchizedek was connected with a tight group of non-Jewish people mentioned in the Old Testament who were devout followers of God.


He was the son of Abraham by Hagar. He was the father of twelve sons and a daughter. He died at the age of 137. Who was this person?

Genesis 25 briefly describes Ishmael's offspring: "These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations." Further on, the chapter details Ishmael's age at death: "And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died."


Her name was changed from "Sarai." She was the half-sister and wife of Abraham. She was Isaac's mother. Who was she?

Genesis 17:15 illustrates the moment Sarah's name was changed: "And God said unto Abraham, as for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be." Sarah's husband Abraham's name was changed from Abram.


He was Jacob's twin brother. He sold his birthright. He brought grief to his parents by marrying two Hittite women. Who was this biblical figure?

Genesis 25:25 recounts when Rebekah gave birth to Esau: "And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau." Prior to his and his brother Jacob's birth, the two "struggled" in their mother's womb, as the same chapter also states: "And the children struggled together within her."


They were Aaron's sons. They accompanied Moses up Mount Sinai. They offered "strange fire" before the Lord. Who were these people?

Leviticus 10:1 explains Nadab and Abihu's deed concerning "strange fire": "And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not." Exodus 24 reveals how the two accompanied Moses up Mount Sinai: "And he said unto Moses, come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off."


He was a priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses. He was also known as Reuel. He suggested that Moses appoint judges. Who is this biblical figure?

The name "Reuel" is mentioned in Exodus 2:18: "And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, how is it that ye are come so soon to day?" Exodus 2:16 mentions his priestly title: "Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock."


She was Moses and Aaron's sister. She was stricken with leprosy. She was a musician. Who was she?

Exodus 15:20 explains Miriam's musicianship: "And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances." Numbers 12:10 illustrates Miriam's affliction: "and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous."


He was one of the spies sent by Moses to survey the land of Canaan. This person was one of two adults who left Egypt and entered the Promised Land. He was also one of the twelve spies who brought back a favorable report of conquering the land. Who was this man?

Caleb appears in the Old Testament stories regarding the children of Israel's journey to the Promised Land. The Book of Numbers 13 identifies Caleb's tribe: "Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh."


Which biblical figure rebelled against Moses, was swallowed by the Earth, and allowed greed to blind his common sense?

Numbers 16:1-2 explains Korah's rebellion against Moses: "Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi...rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel." Numbers 16:31 goes on to explain how Korah and his allies were swallowed up by the Earth: "the ground clave asunder that was under them."


He was Aaron's third son. He was made a high priest upon the death of his father. He helped Joshua divide the Promised Land among the tribes. Who was he?

Eleazar was also tasked to supervise the sanctuary. Numbers 34:17 details God's instructions for dividing up the Promised Land: "These are the names of the men which shall divide the land unto you: Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun."


He was the son of Beor. He was a diviner employed by King Balak to curse Israel. The angel of the Lord spoke to him out of the mouth of a donkey. Who is this biblical figure?

Numbers 22:28 illustrates Balaam's experience with the talking donkey: "And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, what have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?" Deuteronomy 23:4 identifies how Balaam was hired to curse Israel: "they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee."


He was the second judge of Israel. He used a perceived weakness to deliver his people from Eglon, the King of Moab. He led the revolt against the Moabites and gave Israel 80 years of peace. Who was this industrious figure of the Bible?

Judges 3:15 explains Ehud's task against Eglon, the King of Moab: "the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab." Judges 3:30 describes the peace that resulted from Ehud's actions: "So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years."


She was the only female judge of Israel, was known for her prophetic power, and was a songwriter. Who is this biblical figure?

Deborah and Miriam were both songwriters, but Deborah was also a judge. Judges 4:4 explains Deborah's power and position: "And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time."


He was also known as Jerubbaal. God showed him a sign through a fleece to fortify his confidence. He was also a military strategist. Who was he?

Judges 7:1 mentions Gideon's other name: "Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him." Judges 7:20 details his military stature: "And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon."


Gideon was his father. He was the first self-declared king of Israel. He killed sixty-nine of his seventy half-brothers. Who is this biblical figure?

Judges 9:1 explains Abimelech's connection to Gideon, who is called by his other name, Jerubbaal: "And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother's brethren." Judges 9:5 describes how Abimelech slew his brothers: "And he went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself."


He was the ninth judge of Israel, and he judged Israel for six years. He also sacrificed his daughter. Who was he?

Judges 12:7 details Jephthah's tenure as a judge: "And Jephthah judged Israel six years." Jephthah sacrifices his daughter in the eleventh chapter: "Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering." His daughter was the first out of the doors.


He was dedicated to God from birth, as a Nazarite. He was known for his great strength. He freed Israel from Philistine oppression. Who was this strong biblical figure?

In Judges 16:30, Samson was set free of Philistine oppression: "And Samson said, let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein." Judges 13:5 details how Samson was dedicated to God from birth: "For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no rasor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines."


She influenced Samson to betray his calling from God. She was persistent when faced with obstacles. She betrayed the man who trusted her. Who was this disloyal biblical figure?

Judges16:16 highlights Delilah's persistence against the lover she betrayed, Samson: "And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death." Judges 16:18 mentions Delilah's reward for betraying Samson's trust: "she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand."


He was an ancestor of Jesus, along with his wife Ruth. He was sensitive to those in need. He was a successful and shrewd businessman. Who was he?

Ruth 4:13 describes his union with his wife Ruth: "So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son." Ruth 2:8 illustrates Boaz's nurturing quality: "Then said Boaz unto Ruth, hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens."


He judged Israel for 40 years. He reared and trained Samuel before the Lord. He failed to discipline his sons when they sinned. Who is this person?

Eli's tenure as judge of Israel is mentioned in 1 Samuel 4:18: "And he had judged Israel forty years." In 1 Samuel 2:24, Eli acknowledges the sins of his sons, saying, "Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the Lord's people to transgress."


He was the eldest son of Saul, who was the first king of Israel. He exemplified all that is noble in friendship. He realized that the source of truth came from God. Who is this biblical figure?

Jonathan is mentioned as one of Saul's sons in 1 Samuel 14:49: "Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchi-shua." Jonathan was a true friend to David; 1 Samuel 18:1 explains that Jonathan "loved him as his own soul."


He was the cousin of King Saul and commander-in-chief of his army. He accompanied Saul in pursuit of David. David mourned his death. Who was King Saul's cousin as described here?

Abner's lineage is confirmed in 1 Samuel 14:50: "the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle." In 2 Samuel 3:31, David mourns Abner's death and he declares to his people, "Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner."


He was a trusted adviser to David and a fearless but careful challenger. He secured the succession of Solomon to the throne. Who was he?

Nathan was a prophet in whom David confided. David sought Nathan's advice, which Nathan earnestly gave in 1 Chronicles 17:2: "Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee."


He was the third son of David by Maacah. He avenged the rape of his sister Tamar by killing his half brother Amnon. He plotted against his father to take away the throne. Who was he?

Some of David's lineage, which includes his son Absalom, is detailed in 2 Samuel 3:3: "And his second [born], Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur." In 2 Samuel 15:14, after David learns of Absalom's intent to secure the throne, David warns his servants at Jerusalem: "Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us."


Jacob and Esau were his nephews. Rachel and Leah were his daughters. He was a manipulator. Who was this sly biblical figure?

Leah was the eldest daughter of Laban, but Jacob loved Rachel, Laban's youngest daughter. Laban tricked Jacob into marrying Leah, citing the need to marry off an elder daughter before a younger.


He was the eldest son of Jacob and Leah. He committed incest. His father prophesied him as being unstable as water. Who was this person?

Genesis 29:32 declares Leah's parentage of Reuben: "And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben." Reuben's father, Jacob, admonishes his son through a prophecy described in Genesis 49:4: "Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it."


He is the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. His name means "praised." He is an ancestor of Jesus Christ. Who is this important biblical figure?

Genesis 49:8 sheds light on Judah's life purpose: "Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise." The start of the book of Matthew in the New Testament lists Judah as an ancestor of Jesus.


He was anointed by Elijah and confirmed by Elisha. He founded the longest-lived dynasty of the northern kingdom. He took the throne from Ahab's family and destroyed his evil influence. Who is this biblical figure?

Jehu was the son of Jehoshaphat. 2 Kings 9 details how Jehu was anointed with oil as the "king over Israel." It was God's intent that "The whole house of Ahab will perish," as per 2 Kings 9:8.


This biblical figure slew Abner. He was David's commander-in-chief. He also killed Absalom. Who was this murderous person of the Bible?

Explicit details of Abner's death at the hands of Joab are given in 2 Samuel 3:27: "And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died." 2 Samuel 18:14-15 recounts how Joab intended to kill Absalom with three darts thrust through his heart.


He was the first king of the Ten Tribes of Israel in the divided kingdom. He built centers of worship with golden calves at Dan and Bethel. The prophet Ahijah told of his downfall. Can you identify this biblical figure?

In 1 Kings 12, the "two calves of gold" that Jeroboam placed in Bethel and Dan are mentioned. Ahijah's prophesy of Jeroboam's downfall is recounted in 1 Kings 14.


He was eight years old when he became king of Judah. He was a passionate reformer of Judah's religious practices. He re-instituted the Passover. Who was he?

The Book of 2 Kings 22:1 confirms Josiah's age when he started his reign: "Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign." The verse continues, explaining that he ruled for thirty-one years.


God changed his name from Abram. God told him to follow at the age of 75. God established an everlasting covenant with him. Who is this major figure of the Bible?

God changed Abram's name to Abraham, speaking directly to him in Genesis 17:5: "Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee." In Genesis 17:7, God proclaimed an everlasting covenant with Abraham: "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee."


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