Which Female Biblical Figure Are You?

By: Elisabeth Henderson

Which Female Biblical Figure Are You?
Image: Wiki Commons by National Gallery, London

About This Quiz

The women in the Bible are anything but monotone. The Bible doesn’t present a story of how people should act; it stitches together a narrative of how real people have related to each other and to God across a long, complex history. This history is not whitewashed. It’s full of violence, adultery, romance and desire. Through all of this, we read about the lives of women and how they encountered the nitty gritty details of life. While religious teaching often does not focus on the women in scripture (since the main players are often thought of as being men) women’s experiences in the Bible give a valuable perspective for understanding our relationship with God. 

Many of the stories of women in the Bible, from Eve to Esther to Deborah to Mary, have been crucial turning points in the story of salvation. If it weren’t for Rahab or Ruth, we wouldn’t have made it to Jesus, who descended from their line. Some women accept unbelievable promises and live in faith of their fulfillment. Others persist despite being mistreated by oppressive powers. Considering which Biblical woman is most similar to yourself can give you a framework to think about how you relate to God and to others. Take this test to see where you fit in in this great story! 

What has God asked of you?
To let my whole life be upturned
To lead God’s people
To submit to difficult circumstances
To tell what I have seen

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What has your faith journey been like?
A mystery unfolding
A battle
A dark night
A long walk with a friend

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How do you see yourself in your faith community?
Doing important work in the background
Leading the frontlines
As an outcast or exile
As an unacknowledged leader

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What do you need from your faith community?
People to trust my judgement
People to follow my lead
People to have their perspectives changed
People to believe my words

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If your faith were a landscape, what would it be?
A labyrinthine garden
A jungle
A desert
A snow-capped mountain

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How do you feel your faith community supports you?
They are like family.
They listen to what I say.
We are at odds.
I feel invisible.

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What difficulties have you encountered in your faith journey?
The promises are impossible to believe.
The enemy is strong.
People don’t see me because of my race or economic status.
People don’t see me because of my gender.

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How do you overcome difficulty?
Take deep breaths and pray in silence
Pray in community and in song
Cry out to God in my distress
Ask God personally to help me

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How do you respond to joy?
Treasure it up in my heart
Sing it out in song
Breathe a sigh of relief
Take a walk to soak it in

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What kind of spiritual literature are you into?
Max Lucado
Eat, Pray, Love
Siddhartha
The Brothers Karamazov

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How is God revealed to you?
In daily life
Through a vision
Through an angel
In contemplation

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What role are you drawn to in your faith community?
Serving people, working in the background
Leading people in activism
Thinking and interpreting what is right
Teaching

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Which spiritual thinker most inspires you?
Mother Theresa
Dorothy Day
Gandhi
Rilke

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Which pilgrimage are you most likely to take?
To the Holy Land
To Mt. Tabor
Kumano Kodo
Camino de Santiago

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What question do you have for God?
Why did you do it this way?
What next?
Why do you allow injustice?
What should I tell them?

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What expression is on God’s face?
A smile
A furrowed brow
Empathetic, open eyes
Calm desire

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Which movie about a spiritual quest do you connect with?
Gravity
The Lord of the Rings
The Road
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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What has God spoken to you?
With God, all things are possible.
The Lord indeed will go before you.
The Lord sees me.
Do not cling to me.

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What does your faith require of you?
To follow when I don’t understand
To lead even when I am afraid
To love those who persecute me
To stay by God’s side

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How do you grow in your faith?
By taking practical steps of belief
By going out into the struggle
By accepting vulnerability
By listening in the silence

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What do you bring to a potluck event?
Pasta salad
Pulled pork
Bread
Punch

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How do you prefer to be taught?
In practical lessons through daily life
In action
Through straight talk
Through long and complex teaching

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What annoys you about your faith community?
People’s unwillingness to believe the promises
People’s unwillingness to take practical action
People’s ignorance about the realities of injustice
Too much talk and too little silence

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What kind of religious music do you prefer?
Classic hymns
Rock band
Old gospel tunes
Meditative chants

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How do you communicate with people about God?
Through my life
Through radical action
Through my presence
In clear words

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If your religious style were a biblical form of transportation, what would it be?
Riding a camel
Riding horseback
Walking alone in the desert
Walking in a group

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What kind of an ending does your faith story have?
Bittersweet
Triumphant
Unexpected happy ending
To be continued ...

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What most nourishes your faith?
Thinking about the ways God has kept his promises
Meeting a challenge in faith
Having time to pray
Contemplating the mystery of God

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Who supports you in your faith?
My family
The people I teach
No one
A few close friends

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Where do you meet God?
In my home
On the mission field
In the desert
In the garden

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