Famous Bible Characters
The Bible has many famous Bible characters all throughout its pages, which makes for some exciting and interesting reading for all ages. Some of these characters will be recognized by adults who have been reading about them since childhood like Sampson and Delilah, David the shepherd boy, and Moses. Famous people of the Bible are used in Sunday school lessons because the lives of these individuals always teach a moral which is important in living life. The lives of Bible individuals will remain in the memory, just waiting for that opportunity to be taught to a son or a daughter at a moment when it is needed the most. Children love to hear these stories because they are exciting and full of movement and interesting characters.
Some famous people of the Bible can be found in places other than in the scriptures. These individuals are mentioned in the secular world as well when stories in the newspapers mention them, or when events happen that bring to mind events which happened during ancient times. Noah is a popular Biblical figure who is mentioned quite a bit in historical programs on public television stations, because scientists are curious about how a flood of Biblical proportions could so violently changing the topography of the Earth, and also when investigating sightings of the ark on Mount Ararat. The secular world also is known for making movies of famous people of the scriptures like a movie about the Ten Commandments, where Moses is the main interest in the film.
Some other famous people of the Bible are Ruth, whose husband died. Ruth lived with her husband's family, and cared for her husband's mother Naomi, because her husband too died. Eventually Ruth remarried a cousin by the name of Boaz. This is a great story of faithfulness and love. This story too has been made into a wonderful film a few decades ago. Boaz was called a kinsman-redeemer, and was a picture of Christ, redeeming for himself his bride. Ruth is in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
The Bible bookstores are chock-full of studies about famous Bible characters. All one needs to do is visit the store and purchase the story of one's choosing. Some great Old Testament people are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went" (Hebrews 11:8 KJV). Joseph who was sold into slavery had a many-colored coat made for him by his father. Joseph became great in Egypt and worked for many years in charge of Pharaoh's granaries. Then there are the prophets of Isaiah, Ezekiel and Samuel who were faithful to carry out God's wishes and preach to the people of sins committed and of the importance of turning to Him.
Solomon was a great King who was among those famous people of the Bible. Solomon was David's son and built the great temple, the ruins of which are still in Jerusalem. Jewish people today still pray at the one remaining wall left from the destruction of this temple. Solomon also wrote some books of the Bible such as Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. Ecclesiastes is a book about life, pleasure, happiness, sorrow and concludes that serving God is the only way to live a good life.
Daniel is a great prophet mentioned in the Old Testament who prophesied of the future and even of the end of times. Many of Daniel's prophecies are mentioned in Revelation at the very end of the New Testament. The great king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which Daniel was asked to interpret. Daniel did so, as the dream was prophetic and told about the future of Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom. Daniel was advanced in status in the kingdom due to the correct interpretation of the dream. Daniel was a most prominent of many famous Bible characters. Daniel is also famous because of the experience in the lion's den. When in the den of lions, not a hair on Daniel's head was harmed because God protected him. Daniel had great faith and demonstrated it by not bowing to idols as instructed by the ruler of the land. When the leader of the land saw the faith of Daniel in his God, the rule of that country relented of the punishment he had meted out to Daniel, and released him from the lions den.
Many other famous Bible characters can be found not only in the Old Testament, but in the New Testament as well. All of the disciples are famous, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Stephen, Paul and of course Jesus the Christ who is the reason for the scriptures. Paul, who used to persecute the Christians, eventually became a Christian himself. Paul wrote more books in the New Testament than the other disciples mentioned. Matthew was a tax collector, John, Mark and James made their living as fishermen. Jesus called them "fishers of men". Stephen was eventually stoned to death for his faith in Jesus. Just before Stephen died, he saw the Lord in heaven. James wrote a very practical book about the correct way to treat other people, and how to live out a proper Christian life. It is a wonderful book to turn to when wisdom is needed.
One of the most prominent books of the New Testament is the Revelation of St. John. Obviously the famous Bible character John wrote this book, which is a prophetic book that prophesies what will happen at the end of time. John wrote this book while in prison on the island of Patmos. John wrote this book after God gave him dreams and visions showing him how all things would happen at the end of days. This is one of the most perplexing but exciting books in the entire Bible! Be prepared for some surprises.