Have you ever read the bible and wonder to yourself who particular characters are or what they are known for? Well lucky for you, we’ll be delving into a few characters and basic facts about them to keep in your back pocket for the next time you need to pull this information out!
Firstly, you must understand that the bible is broken down into two sections: the 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament.
The Old Testament, containing roughly 4,000 years of history, ranges from the book of Genesis to Malichi that contains events prior to Jesus’ First Coming. To help simplify, you can think of the Old Testament as containing characters such as Adam and Eve, their descendants that came after which overall were God’s chosen people in Israel, then the judges, kings, and prophets.
On the other hand, the New Testament, containing roughly 2000 years of history, begins with the book of Matthew and goes until the book of Revelation where information regarding Jesus, his ministry, and the work that appeared after Jesus’ death is mentioned as well. Old Testament prophecies fulfilled as the reality of the promised Messiah was Jesus, and individuals involved in his ministry appear albeit those in relation such as his cousin John the Baptist, to eventually the 12 disciples, those they evangelize, preach, and perform miracles on, to even characters who came to believe, follow Jesus, and continue his work after Jesus’ death, to lastly even mentions of believers today. There were also those who appeared in opposing the ministry of Jesus such as the Pharisees, Teachers of the Law, and religious sects during the time. Jesus teaching was one of the greatest things he did during his ministry.
Reading and understanding the Bible can be complex at times but a way to help organize the material can be as simple as knowing basic history as a start so that encountering certain individuals or them being referred to in other books in the bible can make more sense. Like many things we don’t understand in the world albeit different subjects, things to do in occupations, and the like as some examples, what matters is at least starting somewhere. In the end of it all, hopefully knowing these basics will allow you to further strengthen your foundation and build your knowledge into deeper content.
For more information on how to embark on this journey to acquire more understanding, you can try visiting resources such as Bible Study for All. Happy learning!