Using material from Philip Yancey and Brenda Quinn’s book Meet the Bible, the NIV Student Bible takes you on a fascinating and enriching year-long tour of the entire Bible—its characters, places, times, stories, and meaning. New discoveries await you every day.
Jesus: (New Testament) The Messiah or Savior. Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary. He was born in Bethlehem and baptized by John.
Joseph: Old Testament: one of 12 brothers, he was favored by his father and given a coat of many colors. He was despised by his older brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt, where he was later able to help his family during a famine. New Testament: The man betrothed to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Mary: Name given to several Biblical women:1. Mother of Jesus (New Testament)2. Sister of Martha and Lazarus who chose to sit at Jesus's feet and learn. (New Testament)3. Mary Magdalene (New Testament)
Noah: Old Testament: Was told by God to build an Ark to house Noah's family and animals during the flood God would send.
Lucifer: An angel who chose to defy God and was cast away from God's presence. A third of the angels followed Lucifer. AKA Satan, Beelzebub, the Devil
David: Old Testament: As a young boy, he defeated the giant Goliath. He grew up to become King.
Paul: An apostle who went on missionary journeys and started many churches. His letters (epistles) to some of these churches survive in the New Testament. His given name was Saul and he persecuted Christians before having an epiphany.
Saul: Old Testament: King of Israel just prior to King DavidNew Testament: The given name of the apostle Paul before his epiphany.
John: New Testament: John the Baptist was a cousin of Jesus. He lived in the desert and baptized Jesus.
Solomon: Son of King David and king after David. He asked God for wisdom. Some of the wisdom he received is recorded in the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament.
Jacob: Old Testament: younger of a set of twin boys, he tricked his father to gain the birthright that his brother had traded to him for a bowl of stew. He also wrestled with God and was renamed Israel.
Joshua: Old Testament: one of only two spies sent out who recommended that the Israelites follow God's plan for them to take the Promised Land.
Abraham: Old Testament patriarch: father of Israel. He was called Abram before his covenant with God.
Moses: Old Testament: Born at a time when Israelite male infants were ordered slaughtered, his mother saved him by setting him adrift. He was found and raised by Pharoah's daughter. He is chosen by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and to the Promised Land.
Jonathan: Son of King Saul and friend to David in the Old Testament.
Ruth: A Moabite who marries one of Naomi's sons. After Naomi's husband and sons die, Ruth returns to Naomi's homeland with her mother-in-law and continues to care for her. Marries Boaz, a kinsman. From their line comes Jesus.
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