Some of the most famous mothers in the Bible are in the book of Genesis. Of course, this starts with Eve, the mother of all humanity, who also bears the blame for humankind's fall into sin and expulsion from the Garden of Eden (oops). Soon after, we read about the wives of the patriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel. Three of the four had difficulty conceiving or difficult pregnancies, but this seems to be a Biblical narrative technique that underscores how precious their children were - Isaac, Jacob and Joseph all became giants in the history of the Jewish people. But don't overlook poor Leah, either! Though she was not the daughter of Laban whom Jacob desired to marry, she did marry him, and bore him six sons, who all became founders of tribes of Israel.
In the New Testament, mothers become much rarer, probably because, in early Christianity, celibacy was valued as the best way to devote one's life to God (though the apostle Paul does say, "It is better to marry than to burn.") However, the gospels give us one truly famous mother. Of course, that's Mary, the mother of Jesus. She figures prominently in the opening chapters of the gospels, and appears again at the end, grieving for her son's death on the cross. The virgin mother is so legendary that in Catholicism she is almost a goddess in her own right.
Don't worry - in this quiz, "Mary" is not a result; we don't expect anyone to live up to her example. Instead, we've chosen some diverse Biblical mothers for you to compare yourself to. Curious? Let's get started now!