Which of These Biblical Figures Actually Knew Jesus?

By: Gavin Thagard
Image: Heinrich Hofmann via Wiki Commons

About This Quiz

From prophets to judges to kings, the Bible is filled with important figures who helped shape not only the future of the religion but also the future of mankind. After all, the Bible has become one of the most important books in human history, and no biblical figure is more significant or fiercely debated than Jesus. 

Jesus, of course, did not walk alone. The Messiah had plenty of followers who play an important role in Christianity as well. The followers of Jesus Christ broke bread with him while he lived and spread his message after he was crucified and resurrected. They became saints after their deaths and are recognized in various parts of the world for their deeds and dedication to their Lord and Savior. 

There are also plenty of important biblical figures who never knew Jesus. Most of these figures are from the Old Testament, though a few from the New Testament who never actually met Jesus may surprise you. 

Do you know which Biblical figures knew Jesus while he lived? Can you sort them out from those who never met Christ? Here's a quiz where you can find out. If you're up for the challenge, start this quiz and pray you are able to get a perfect score!

Created from the rib of Adam, did Eve know Jesus?

Adam and Eve only had three children who are listed by name in the Bible. However, the Bible says Adam fathered many more children, presumably​ by Eve.

Noah was known for building an ark. Was he also known for his relationship with Jesus?

Noah was put in charge of building an ark before God flooded the Earth to purify it from wickedness. It took Noah more than 100 years to complete the ark.

Joseph was at one point the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Did he ever know Jesus, though?

Joseph rejected Mary when she first became pregnant with Jesus because she was supposedly a virgin. To comfort Joseph, God sent an angel to speak to him in a dream.

An eventual martyr, did James the Just know Jesus?

James the Just was the oldest brother of Jesus. Though he initially disapproved of Jesus' teachings, he eventually became a martyr for the Christian faith.

A man raised from the dead, did Lazarus know Jesus when he lived?

Before Lazarus died, Jesus received a letter detailing his condition. Jesus waited before he went to Lazarus, who was dead when Jesus arrived, prompting the miracle known as Lazarus' rising.

The brother of Abel, did Cain know Jesus?

Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam and Eve. Over time, Cain grew jealous of his brother whom God favored. Unable to contain his jealousy, Cain murdered Abel in cold blood.

Told by God to settle in Cannan, was Abraham a friend of Jesus before or after his journey?

In Genesis, God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, to prove his loyalty. Just before Isaac is to die, a messenger is sent to stop Abraham who is given a ram to sacrifice instead.

Born near the Sea of Galilee, did Andrew ever know Jesus throughout his life?

Andrew has become commemorated as the patron saint for many countries throughout Europe. These countries include Scotland, Greece, and Russia.

Gideon was a military leader who defeated the Midianites, but did he know Jesus?

During Gideon's early life, God punished the Israelites for their past wickedness. God's punishment was enforced by the Midianites, nomads who plundered and stole from the Israelites.

The mother of Isaac, did Sarah ever talk with Jesus?

Sarah was quite old when she finally conceived her son, Isaac. The Bible says Sarah laughed when she realized she would have to raise a baby at such an age.

The author of The Gospel of John, did John the Evangelist know Jesus?

John was a fisherman with his brother James before being called to serve the Lord. After his time with Jesus, John went on to write five of the books in the New Testament.

The patron saint of hatters, did Philip know who Jesus was during his life?

Philip is a major character in the story where Jesus feeds 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. In the story, Philip believes it's impossible until Jesus proves him wrong.

Moses spoke to God through a burning bush. Did he ever speak to Jesus while he was alive?

Not only did Moses free the Israelites, but he also brought them law and order. The law for the Israelites was established by the Ten Commandments which were given to Moses by God.

Known for leading the Israelites in the Battle of Jericho, did Joshua know Jesus?

God helped the Israelites win the battle of Jericho when he tore down the walls around the city. Once the walls were down, everyone in the city was killed except for a prostitute named Rahab and her family.

Associated with her infertility, did Rachel have a relationship with Jesus?

In the Old Testament, Jacob was forced to work for Rachel's father to obtain her hand in marriage. He initially worked seven years but was tricked into marrying Rachel's sister instead. After his first marriage, Jacob had to work another seven years to marry Rachel.

Believed to have been flayed alive for his faith, did Bartholomew know Jesus?

Bartholomew was believed to be the same person as Nathanael in the New Testament. Though he initially rejected Jesus, Nathanael finally followed the Lord after seeing his power on display.

A Holy figure who married his sister, Azura, did Seth know Jesus?

Adam was 130 years old when Seth was conceived by Eve. Seth was supposed to be a replacement for Abel, who was killed by Cain.

Once possessed by several demons, did Mary Magdalene know Jesus?

Mary Magdalene was an important disciple of Christ and was there for some of the most important events in his life. Her presence was specifically recorded during the ​crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

Ezekiel is known for authoring The Book of Ezekiel. Does it list anything about his relationship with Jesus?

In the Book of Ezekiel, Ezekiel prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem. However, after the destruction, Ezekiel made a promise for the restoration of Jerusalem as well, which included a new temple and borders.

Known as "the weeping prophet," did Jeremiah know Jesus?

Jeremiah suffered many hardships throughout his life. Those hardships included being beaten, thrown down a well, and an attempted execution by his countrymen.

James' death is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Did he know Jesus before his death?

James was put to death by King Herod who most likely had him beheaded. His is the only death of a disciple recorded in the Bible.

Once a tax collector, did Matthew spend time with Jesus?

Matthew was the author of the Gospel of Matthew, which is the first book in the New Testament. The Gospel of Matthew makes direct correlations between Jesus and the Messiah​ from the Old Testament.

The only female judge in the Bible, did Deborah know Jesus?

Deborah lived at a time when the Israelites were dominated by the Canaanites because of their spiritual decline. However, with her guidance, the Israelites were able to overcome their oppressors.

King Saul killed himself in the Battle of Gilboa, but did he know Jesus prior to his death?

Saul was the first king to rule over the combined kingdom of Israel and Judah. Saul ruled for only two years before he died during the battle against the Philistines.

Known for building The First Temple of Jerusalem, did Solomon know Jesus?

The First Temple of Jerusalem was built to honor Yahweh and was the home for the Ark of the Covenant. It was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II during the Siege of Jerusalem in 587 BCE.

Known for his travels outside of the Roman Empire, did Thomas know Jesus?

After Jesus was crucified, Thomas didn't believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. Because he doubted the Lord, he became known as "Doubting Thomas" throughout medieval literature.

A Roman citizen from the city of Tarsus, did Paul ever know Jesus?

Before his conversion, Paul persecuted the followers of Jesus. However, later in life, Paul became famous for preaching to both Jews and Romans.

Samson was known for his superhuman strength. Did he ever know the heroic Jesus, though?

Samson was one of the 12 judges of Israel in the Old Testament. His strength was tied to his hair, and it disappeared when his hair was cut.

Known for his call to repentance, did Hosea know Jesus during his life?

Hosea preached about God's wrath and willingness to punish those who disobeyed him. His aim was to get the Israelites back on the right path after they started worshipping other gods.

Viewed as the ultimate traitor in the Bible, did Judas Iscariot ever break bread with Jesus?

Judas betrayed Jesus for a small sum of gold, a display of his greediness. Unable to deal with his betrayal, Judas killed himself.

John was popular for baptizing people in the river Jordan. Did he ever cross paths with Jesus?

John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus. Jesus went to John to be baptized in the river Jordan which is recorded in several gospels in the New Testament.

Eli was a prophet with two wicked sons. Did he ever find redemption​ in Jesus?

Eli's sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were known for performing wicked acts, such as committing adultery and stealing the best cuts of meat. Eli's family was cursed because of his unwillingness to punish his sons for these acts.

Overcoming being thrown into a den of lions, did Daniel spend time with Jesus?

Daniel was captured by Nebuchadnezzar II during the Siege of Jerusalem. Once in Babylon, Daniel became renowned for his wisdom, and even royalty sought his advice.

The author of the Gospel of Luke, did Luke the Evangelist know Jesus during his life?

The Gospel of Luke is the longest book in the New Testament. The book contains 24 chapters with nearly 20,000 words.

A Roman client king, did Herod the Great know of Jesus?

Herod the Great served as the Roman client king in Judea at the time when Jesus was born. Afraid of the coming Messiah, Herod ordered all male children under two years of age be murdered.

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