Studying Biblical Characters
Biblical character studies are a good way to find some of the most interesting people who have ever lived in the Bible. Someone has said there are approximately 2,930 different men and women in the Old and New Testaments. Admittedly, some are only referred to once or twice, but others were key figures in their chapter of history, such as Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Daniel, and hundreds more. The New Testament tells us their deeds were recorded for our profit and that “… these things happened unto them for examples” (1 Corinthians 10:11). The examples aren’t much good to us unless we take the time to study their lives. You can print out our suggested bible characters study form which will aid you ins such a study. We have also listed our studies on biblical characters below, each name below is a link to a study we have already performed. If the names are not linked to another page, we are in the process of creating a study on the biblical character. Check back soon. Feel free to use them as you see fit.
Biblical Character Studies
|Old Testament - Bible Characters||New Testament - Bible Characters|
|Adam||Joseph - Earthly Father of Jesus|
|Eve||Mary - Mother of Jesus|
|Enoch - Walked With God||Matthew - Jesus is the Messiah|
|Cain||Peter - Upon This Rock|
|Noah - Did Everything God Commanded||Judas Iscariot - Son of Simon Iscariot|
|Abraham - Friend of God, Father of the Faithful||Zechariah - Father of John the Baptist|
|Sarah - Mother of a Nation||Elizabeth|
|Isaac - Miracle Son of Abraham||James|
|Esau - Eldest Son of Isaac||John the Baptist|
|Jacob - Son of Isaac and Rebecca||Nicodemus|
|Joseph - Man With Divine Purpose||Martha|
For many of us, the people in the Bible have all the excitement of a flannelgraph.
Even those who defeated mighty armies with a handful of men, witnessed miracles on a grand scale, or heard the voice of God Himself can seem distant and remote. It’s hard to relate to someone who traveled by camel when you drive a Corolla.
Yet despite their distance from us in time and culture, these Bible characters were real, everyday humans. Even Elijah, one of the greatest men of all time, is described as “a man just like us” (Jas. 5:17). The people whose stories are recorded in Scripture struggled to follow God against the grain of their culture, lead the unappreciative, fight temptation, deal with loss, and hold on to faith just as we do.
We can learn much by studying the lives of these individuals. As you employ the simple Bible study method that follows, you can begin to see them as they were: flesh-and-blood people whose lives have a crucial message for your life today.
Once you have selected the subject for your Biblical Character Study, list the character’s name under the heading CHARACTER. Then choose and list the passages of Scripture you will use for your study. A good Bible dictionary or commentary or an exhaustive concordance will tell you where the person is mentioned. The index in a study Bible may also help. (It is best to do your study in rough draft form first, and later to organize it neatly into final form.)
Some people in the Bible have little written about them, and you will want to include every reference to them in your study. Others, such as David, have so much written about them that you will have to select the passages you think are most significant. Use scratch paper as you look up various references; eliminate some and keep the others. When you have decided on the passages you will use, list them, and add a key thought for quick identification of each reference.