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Biblical Characters

Learn about the major players in the Biblical story. The "Appears In" Column refers to canonical books of the Bible.
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FAMILY TREE
NameAppears InDescription
AdamGenesisThe first human created by God. Eve's husband.
EveGenesisThe first woman created by God. Adam's wife.
CainGenesisThe firstborn son of Adam and Eve, he is also the first murderer, responsible for killing his brother, Abel.
AbelGenesisThe second son of Adam and Eve, his brother Cain is jealous of him and murders him.
EnochGenesisUnderstood not to have died; it is said that he "walked with God: and he was no more, for God took him." He is the assumed author of the Book of Enoch.
NoahGenesisThe patriarch who built the ark which kept animal and humankind alive through the flood.
AbrahamGenesisThe patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. God creates a covenant with him, and through him, future generations. The father of Isaac and Ishmael, and husband of Sarah.
SarahGenesisThe wife of Abraham, and the mother of Isaac.
IsaacGenesisThe child of Abraham and Sarah's old age. He married Rebekah and father Esau and Jacob.
RebekahGenesisThe wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau.
JacobGenesisThe son of Isaac and Rebekah, he is the third patriarch with whom God makes a covenant. His sons give their names to the twelve tribes of Israel.
RachelGenesisThe second wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Jacob fell in love with her, but was tricked into marrying her older sister, Leah, first.
LeahGenesisThe older sister of Rachel, and the first wife of Jacob.
LeviGenesisOne of Jacob's twelves sons. He gave his name to the Levite tribe, who were the priestly tribe of Israel.
JosephGenesisThe favored son of Jacob, he receives from his father a coat of many colors. In jealousy, his brothers sell him into slavery, but through God's blessing he is able to rise up and becomes an important advisor to the Pharaoh in Egypt.
MosesExodus, Leviticus, Numbers, DeuteronomySaved from the genocide of male Hebrew babies, when he was grown he was called by God to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. He also brought the ten commandments down from Mount Sinai.
JoshuaExodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, JoshuaThe assistant of Moses, he leads the Israelites after Moses' death. He led them to the conquest of Canaan.
RahabJoshuaA prostitute who lived in Jericho and aided the Israelites when the took the city.
DeborahJudgesA judge, prophet, and warrior of pre-monarchic Israel. She is most famous for nailing a tent peg through Sisera's (an enemy commander) head.
RuthRuthShe follows her mother-in-law Naomi when all the men in their family die. She later marries Boaz and becomes a direct ancestor of King David.
NaomiRuthRuth's mother-in-law.
BoazRuthThe wealthy kinsman of Ruth's family through marriage, he protects and later marries her when her husband passes.
Hannah1 SamuelShe prayed to God for a son, as she was barren, and promised to return him to God's service in return. She bore Samuel the prophet.
Samuel1 and 2 SamuelThe last of the judges and the first major prophet, Samuel anointed the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David.
Saul1 and 2 Samuel, 1 ChroniclesThe first king of Israel.
Jesse1 SamuelThe father of King David.
David1 and 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, PsalmsThe youngest son of Jesse, he is anointed by the prophet Samuel and later becomes the second king of Israel.
Solomon2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Chronicles, 1 Kings, Psalms, Song of SolomonThe son of King David, he was famed for his great wisdom and wealth. He is the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem.
Elijah1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 ChroniclesProphet of Israel who struggled against the kings of Israel's folly with idols. He, like Enoch, did not die, but was taken up in a whirlwind.
Jonah2 Kings, JonahA prophet who is sent by God to Nineveh to call them to turn from their wicked ways. However, he chooses to flee on a ship from this mission, and is thrown overboard during a bad storm. He is swallowed by a great fish and then thrown up on land.
EstherEstherThe Jewish wife of King Ahasuerus, she saved her people from the machinations of her husband's wicked advisor.
JobJobA prosperous man who loses everything and is forced to search for a reason for his struggles. He refuses to denounce God despite his trials, and eventually has his family, property and health restored.
DanielDanielA Hebrew taken into captivity when Jerusalem is captured by the Babylonians. When the Babylonian king is overthrown by the Persians, Daniel is thrown into a den of lions for worshipping God instead of the king. An angel saves Daniel.
HoseaHoseaA prophet who marriage to a prostitute is meant to mirror God's relationship with his people, the Israelites. Even when she leaves him to go to another man, he still loves her and welcomes her back.
Herod AntipasMatthew, Mark, Luke, ActsThe client king of Galilee and Perea under the Roman Empire, he was responsible for the death of John the Baptist.
John the BaptistMatthew, Mark, Luke, JohnA preacher living in the time of Jesus, he baptized Jesus.
MaryMatthew, Mark, Luke, John, ActsThe virgin mother of Jesus.
JosephMatthew, Luke, JohnThe legal father of Jesus.
JesusMatthew, Mark, Luke, JohnThe Messiah (savior) foretold in the Old Testament, he is crucified and rises from the dead three days later.
PeterMatthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, GalatiansOne of the twelve disciples of Jesus.
Judas IscariotMatthew, Mark, Luke, John, ActsOne of the twelve disciples of Jesus. He betrays Jesus to the Sanhedrin (Jewish Council).
LazarusJohnRaised from the dead by Jesus.
PaulActs, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, PhilemonOriginally a persecutor of Christians, Paul becomes an important missionary for Christ.
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