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Prominent Characters in the Bible and Their Stories

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Acquainting yourself with all of the characters that appear throughout the Bible can be a painful task. The scripture portrays a list of different characters, and in it, you will find both named and unnamed men and women. We decided to dedicate our time and efforts to uncovering some of the most inspirational characters in the Bible and their stories. 

Throughout this article, you will learn that the sacred record holds many stories of characters who experience the sorrows and joys of ordinary folks. The Bible gives a clear picture of both good and evil and portrays life as it is.

Inspirational Characters in the Bible and Their Stories

Each character in the Bible displays a distinct personality. Some are stubborn, some are courageous, while others might be lost and hopeless. Through its characters, the Bible speaks of all the stories and lessons that God wants us to learn.

In the paragraphs below, we will explore different aspects of the personalities of some of the most interesting Bible characters. We will dive into their stories and discuss the value of their experiences and biblical symbolism.

Solomon 

When talking about the Bible characters and their stories, we can’t fail to mention Solomon, the wisest king to rule on Earth. When Solomon became king he sought after God. God appeared to Solomon in a dream and allowed him to request whatever he wished.

Solomon humbly asked for wisdom, knowing that anything earthly and temporal would be of no help in ruling his kingdom. In 1 Kings 3:9, Solomon speaks to God by saying:

So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?

Because Solomon didn’t ask for riches or power, God also blessed him with wealth.

Solomon’s wives 

As noted in 1 Kings 11: 1-3, King Solomon had 300 concubines and 700 wives. Despite being aware of God’s teachings against polygamy and intermarriage, Solomon adopted these pagan practices. We see that even with God’s blessing on his side, Solomon was still “flawed” and sinful.

The judgment of King Solomon 

One of the most talked-about stories among believers from the Book of 1 King is the story of Solomon’s wisdom. The story speaks of the profound wisdom that provided him with a deeper understanding of ordinary human affairs. The Judgment of Solomon tells the story of a custody dispute between two mothers, both claiming a baby to be theirs.

Solomon, knowing that the real mother would never agree to have the baby killed, proposed to sever the baby in half. The true mother backed down and begged the king to let the baby live and give it to the other women, while the one who was not the baby’s mother showed no fear.

In the eyes of Solomon, the real mother was revealed and received her baby rightfully.

King Solomon- All is vanity!

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Moses 

According to the Book of Exodus, Moses was one of the greatest prophets and teachers. He is one of the most courageous characters in the Bible and his stories are filled with examples of what it means to be a true leader.

However, when we turn to explore the Bible characters and their personalities we learn that Moses was in fact quite stubborn and had a strong will and passion.

The Birth of Moses 

Moses was born into an Israeli family, but this was a time in which the Israelites were enslaved, and their male children were not allowed to live. His mother, not being able to hide him from the pharaoh, put Moses in a basket and sent him down the Nile. Moses was spotted by the pharaoh’s daughter who was bathing in the waters.

Moses’s older sister was nearby when this happened and approached the pharaoh’s daughter. She made an arrangement in which Moses’s mother was to nurse him and care for him until he grew up.

To get a more detailed story you can take a look at the Book of Exodus or watch the animated story of Moses and the Exodus.

Moses and the Israelites 

From the Book of Exodus, we learn that Moses was the leader of the Israelites. God chose Moses and gifted him with the power to overcome all the obstacles on the Israelites’ path to the promised land. With his brother Aaron by his side, Moses led his people out of Egypt and crossed the Red Sea to save them from the pharaoh’s army.

Moses is one of the characters in the Bible that displays how devotion and faith in God are the way to salvation. He is a courageous role model that reminds Christians to stay true to their beliefs even in the gravest of times.

Moses holding 10 Commandments tablets coming down mount sinai

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King David 

David is arguably one of the most interesting Bible characters to study. He is a complex mix of both positive and negative traits which makes him easy to relate to. He is both a shepherd, a warrior, and a king who is both brave and has a kind heart.

Through the biblical stories, we learn that David is strategic and disciplined, but also emotional and compassionate. David is yet another example, like Moses, that God can speak through anyone no matter their background.

King David and Bathsheba 

Though we may say that David has plenty of admirable characteristics, he is also flawed as all humans are. In the Book of Samuel, we find a story in which he acts of desire and abuses his power and position as king.

David is struck by the beauty of Bathsheba, a married woman who he spots while bathing one night. He invites her to his chambers and impregnates her even though she is already married.

David then sends Batsheba’s husband to the fiercest of fights to ensure he is dead and out of his way.

David and Goliath 

As part of the Old Testament, many stories mark David’s courageousness and faith in God’s power. The story that gives us a glimpse into David’s bravery is that of David and Goliath. Goliath was a giant who was part of the Philistine army, which was at war with the Israelites.

All of the men who were part of Samuel’s army were afraid to go into battle with Goliath, but David had no such fear. When he heard Goliath speak against God, he volunteered to go into combat against him.

In this duel, David, who was still just a mere shepherd, defeats Goliath with just his faith in God by his side. You can learn more about the story of David through this short cartoon adaptation.

Jerusalem - The king David fresco

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Esther 

When turning to the female characters in the Bible and their characteristics, we find Esther, Persia’s compassionate queen.

Esther was a breathtaking Jewish woman and her caregiver Mordecai took advantage of this. He placed her in the king’s palace, hoping the king would notice her. The king fell in love with Esther and chose her to be his queen.

Queen Esther didn’t rule quietly by the king’s side. Instead, she used her position to help the Jews in the Persian kingdom.

The Book of Esther 

Although we mostly focus on exploring interesting facts about Bible characters, we have to mention something about the writing of this book. Unlike other parts of the scripture, in the Book of Esther God is not mentioned even once.

This is why the Book of Esther should be read carefully, and while doing so, the reader is expected to be on the lookout for God’s activity and presence within the book.

When talking about female characters in the Bible and their stories, the one of Esther is of noble integrity. Esther put her life in danger in the name of her beliefs. Her husband, King Xerxes, issued a decree against Jews. Esther begged the king to spare the Jewish people and even managed to convince him to allow the Jews to defend themselves.

Esther embodies compassion and fearlessness and is a true queen in every sense of the word. To learn more about her story, you can take a look at the Book of Esther summary or find the story in the scripture.

Title page from the book of Esther in the bible

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Abraham 

All of the biblical figures and their stories follow a distinct journey that we can translate into a lesson. The story of Abraham speaks of obedience, sacrifice, and love.

Overall, when talking about Abraham, the first association that comes to mind is unwavering faith. Abraham embodies great strength and is not afraid to follow God’s path even when major risk is involved.

Abraham’s journey 

The story of Abraham and Sarah is found in the Book of Genesis. Abraham was instructed by God to leave his homeland and move to a land formerly known as Cannan. However, there was a terrible famine in Cannan, and Abraham made his way toward Egypt.

On their journey, Abraham was fearful that while traveling through Egypt, he might be killed and have his wife taken away from him. It was said to Sarah to present herself as his sister, and so she did. The pharaoh recognized them as brother and sister, and they stayed there for almost ten years until the pharaoh discovered their deceit and banished them from the land.

Abraham and Sarah

Both Sarah and Abraham were of old age, however, they still wished for a son. In Genesis 17, God declared Abraham as “the father of many nations” and promised him a child. Abraham was 99 years old and thought this seemed unlikely, but he still trusted God’s word.

Shortly after, the couple was visited by three men who assured them that in a year’s time, Sarah would be with child. Sarah laughed when she heard that, and the men predicted the child would be named Issac (meaning laughter). At a hundred years old, Sarah and Abraham had their son Issac. You can find the complete story of Abraham here.

Abraham, Sarah, and Baby Isaac

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Mary Magdalene 

All characters in the Bible play different roles, and one of the most prominent roles falls in the hands of Mary Magdalene. She plays an important role in the Christian church and is one of the few female disciples of Jesus.

Through her character, we discover pure devotion and faith. Mary is believed to have been present both at the crucifixion and the burial of Jesus. She is the epitome of loyalty, and her connection to Jesus is undeniable.

Mary Magdalene’s story 

One of the most interesting facts that often gets left out is that Mary Magdalene was rescued by Jesus. The details of this are not available to us today, but what we do know is that this story is true. In the New Testament, Luke 8, the Parable of Sorrows begins with:

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out.

Jesus and Mary 

The Bible also accounts that Mary was the first to see Jesus after the crucifixion. She is the first to discover that the tomb is empty after which Jesus appears to Mary.

This is noted in John 20, when Jesus speaks to Mary, who, due to her distress, is initially unable to recognize him. Once Mary realizes that Jesus is standing next to her, he instructs her to deliver the message to his disciples, and so she does.

The Gospel of Mary 

Mary has a fascinating story, but much of her story remains unknown. Today, we are able to get just a fragment of her story. As one of Jesus’s closest followers, Mary wrote a Gospel of her own. The Gospel of Mary is a non-canonical text and is not part of the Bible. This text is a significant example of early Christianity.

This text has long been an issue of debate among believers and scholars. It indicates that Mary might have been Jesus’ favorite and that she had a special status among the disciples, which is also implied in the Gospel of Thomas. Still, the Gospel of Mary remains difficult to interpret as the first six pages are missing.

Mary Magdalene statue, candles in front

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Conclusion 

By taking a close look at the different characters in the Bible and their stories, we learn of the Bible’s wide reach. The characters we mention throughout this text all come from different backgrounds and walk different paths. What’s common for them all is their faith and trust in God’s power and word.

Each of the characters serves as an inspiration for finding both truth and meaning in the devotion to walking God’s path. All are faced with difficulty but their strength is found in their ability to rise above the challenge and this can only be done through faith.

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