How Well Do You Know the Figures in the New Testament?

Becky Stigall

Jesus of ________ is the central figure of the New Testament.

Jesus of Nazareth is the central figure of the New Testament. The first four books of the New Testament, called the four Gospels, are dedicated to the life of Jesus.

Paul of ______ spread the word of Christianity.

Paul of Tarsus spread the word of Christianity. He is said to have penned over half of the books in the New Testament.

Who was Jesus' first disciple?

Peter was Jesus' first disciple. His name was originally Simon, but Jesus renamed him.

John the _______ fortold of Jesus' arrival.

John the Baptist spread the word of Jesus' arrival. John lived in the desert.

What follower of Jesus was one of the first to discover that his body was not in his tomb?

Mary Magdalene was one of the first to discover that his body was not in his tomb. She had been one of Jesus' followers since his early days.

Prefect __________ governed Judea for the Roman Empire.

Prefect Pontius Pilate governed Judea for the Roman Empire. Most agree he was at least somewhat responsible for Jesus' death.

Who was a patron of Jesus' mission?

Barnabas was a patron of Jesus' mission. He later teamed up with Paul to spread the word of Christianity.

Who betrayed Jesus?

Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. He did so for 30 pieces of silver.

Who spoke against the temple and Jewish leadership?

Stephen spoke against the temple and Jewish leadership. He was tried before a Jewish court for these crimes.

Philippians was coauthored by Paul and _______.

Philippians was coauthored by Paul and Timothy. Timothy was also Paul's traveling companion.

What virgin was impregnated by the Holy Spirit?

Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit. She was said to be courageous and faithful.

Who was Mary's husband and Jesus' father?

Joseph was Mary's husband and Jesus' father. Joseph was a descendant of King David.

Who is said to be the author of the Acts of the Apostles?

Luke is said to be the author of the Acts of the Apostles. He also authored the book of Luke.

Who presided over Jesus' trial?

Caiaphas presided over Jesus' trial. Caiaphas was a high priest.

Who was the King of Judea from 37 to 4 B.C.?

Herod the Great was the King of Judea from 37 to 4 B.C. He was the one who issued the order to kill the newborn Jesus.

What fisherman was an early disciple of Jesus?

Andrew was an early disciple of Jesus. He was Simon Peter's brother.

Who prophesied the apostle Paul would be arrested in Jerusalem?

Agabus prophesied the apostle Paul would be arrested in Jerusalem. He also predicted the three-year famine in Judea and Jerusalem.

Who was supposed to be crucified with Jesus?

Barabbas was supposed to be crucified with Jesus, but he was released. Barabbas was a thief and a murderer.

Who was the first gentile to become a Christian?

Cornelius was the first gentile to become a Christian. Cornelius was a Roman soldier.

Who did Peter bring back from the dead?

Peter brought Dorcas back from the dead. Dorcas was also called Tabitha.

Who was the mother of John the Baptist?

Elisabeth was the mother of John the Baptist. She was the cousin of Mary, Jesus' mother.

Paul brought _________ back from the dead.

Paul brought Eutychus back from the dead. Eutychus had fallen out of a window.

Who imprisoned Paul for two years?

Felix imprisoned Paul for two years for causing a riot. Felix had hoped for a bribe for Paul's release.

Herod _______ was Herod the Great's son.

Herod Antipas was Herod the Great's son. He beheaded John the Baptist.

Who did Jesus resurrect?

Jesus resurrected Lazarus after he had been dead for four days. He was a relative of Jesus.

Who was known as a "seller of purple"?

Lydia was known as a "seller of purple." She was Paul's first convert in Europe.

Who helped Joseph of Arimathea wrap Jesus' body after his death?

Nicodemus helped Joseph of Arimathea wrap Jesus' body after his death. Nicodemus was a Pharisee.

Who was renamed Paul after he was converted on a trip to Damascus?

Saul was renamed Paul after he was converted on a trip to Damascus. Saul originally persecuted Christianity.

Who was forced to help Jesus carry his cross?

Simon was forced to help Jesus carry his cross. Simon was from Cyrene.

Who refused to believe that Jesus had arisen from the dead?

Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had arisen from the dead unless he saw and touched his wounds. Thomas was also called Didymus.

Who was a tax collector?

Zacchaeus was a tax collector. He welcomed Jesus into his home.

Ananias and ________ lied about donating money to the church.

Ananias and Sapphira lied about donating money to the church. They were husband and wife and were struck dead for their lie.

What high priest ruled longer than any other priest in the New Testament?

Caiaphas ruled longer than any other priest in the New Testament. He plotted to have Jesus killed.

Who opposed the death of Jesus' apostles?

Gamaliel opposed the death of Jesus' apostles. The name, Gamaliel, means "reward of God."

Who wrote the book of Revelation?

John wrote the book of Revelation. He was the disciple who asked Jesus during the last supper who was going to betray him.

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From the miracles of Jesus to the devotion of his disciples, the figures of the New Testament play a role in many of the world's religions. Can you name them all?

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