Which Biblical Father Are You?

Torrance Grey

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About This Quiz

The Bible is full of fathers - starting with Adam, or perhaps even starting with God, in the metaphoric sense! In the Old Testament, fatherhood is so important that we refer to Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac as the "patriarchs" of Genesis, who founded the nation of Israel. None of them had an easy time as fathers. Abraham did not father a child until late in life when he fathered Ishmael and Isaac, whose peoples would be longtime enemies. Isaac had twin sons, Esau and Jacob, who fought over the birthright of the firstborn. Then Jacob was tricked into marrying a woman he did not love - Leah, instead of her sister Rachel. He eventually married both women; his sons would become the founders of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

In contrast, the New Testament is pretty low on fathers, chiefly because of the importance the early Christian church placed on celibacy. Staying unmarried and childless was considered the best path to serving Christ. However, there's a big exception in the gospels - Joseph, who is perhaps the perfect stepfather. He did not reject the pregnant Mary but had faith that she was, in fact, carrying the son of God. He raised that son as his own and taught Jesus his trade of carpentry. 

Which Biblical father do you most mirror? We've created a quiz to help you find out. Don't worry, though: "God the Father" is not one of the answer options. Some standards are too high for anyone to live up to!

Which of your family members are you closest to?

Are you the boss at work?

How would you describe your significant other?

Are you close to your family of origin (parents/siblings)?

How do you like to work out?

How do you resolve a fight with your significant other?

How do you feel about relocating/moving?

Do you think most parents have a favorite kid?

What would friends say is your best characteristic?

What might friends say is your biggest flaw?

What do you look for in a woman?

How would you describe your financial circumstances?

Have you ever made a mistake that your kids had a hard time forgiving you for?

Which sport would you most likely play?

Have you always been faithful?

Which of these best describes you attitude toward life in general?

What's a good age to get married?

Which of these desserts appeals most to you?

What do you like to do on weekends?

Which of these encapsulates your approach to child-rearing?

A good first date should end with ...

Do you like to read?

What kind of pet would you like?

How do you deal with an unpleasant, gossiping co-worker?

Are clothes important to you?

Do you speak any foreign languages?

Which of these drinks is closest to your favorite?

When two of your kids are fighting, how do you resolve it?

Which of these do you think would be your spirit animal?

Which of these do you think your kids might choose as your epitaph?

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