Studying Bible Characters
Which Bible Characters to Study:
Perhaps you have become convinced of the value of studying Bible characters. You may have even taken time to learn how to do character studies. Since the Bible mentions a lot of people in both the Old and New Testaments, you might not know where to begin. While you could start at the beginning of the Bible and move forward, you might find it less overwhelming to limit your study based on the following possibilities:
Based on like traits or certain slants
For example, you might study all Bible characters who are said to have walked with God. The Walk the Walk As Those Who Have Gone Before Devotional Guide
can assist you in this study. You will learn from the lives of Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, David Jotham, Hezekiah, and Josiah.
You can find Bible characters by putting a keyword in a concordance and looking within the context of those verses for people being described as such.
Based on your gender
If you are a man, you might want to learn from men like Adam, Cain, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Jonah, Gideon, Samson, David, other Kings in the Old Testament, Elijah, Elisha, Ezra, Nehemiah, Job, Daniel, John the Baptist, Jesus' Twelve Disciples, Stephen, Paul, etc.
Tip: While studying characters of like gender can be helpful, do not limit yourself to only studying people based on that factor. We gain balance and different perspectives in our lives as we learn from those different from us.
If you are a woman, you might want to learn from women like Eve, Hannah, Miriam, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rahab, Abigail, Esther, Ruth, Naomi, Anna, Mary Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany, Martha, Samaritan Woman, Lydia, Priscilla, etc. - Click on the following to check out the resources in one of our affiliate stores:
Based on relationships, marital status, or other circumstances
Reading about people with similar life struggles, needs, and responsibilities can help us learn how to navigate life and relationships.
Tip: Remember that not all people in the Bible lived each moment with integrity. Learn from both the good and bad in their lives.
Based on ministry
The pages of Scripture contain many examples of people who served God in various capacities. We can learn from their leading, teaching, evangelizing, and a number of other ministries.
Tip: Glean principles for serving from all who have gone before us but always look to Jesus as the Master Servant.
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