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:
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.
Tip: 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 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:
- Ten Women of the Bible: One by One They Changed the World by Max Lucado, Jenna Lucado Bishop
- Women of the Bible: 52 Bible Studies for Individuals and Groups by Jean E. Syswerda
- Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You by John F. MacArthur -- Workbook
- Women of the Old Testament, LifeGuide Character Bible Study by Gladys Hunt
- Women of the New Testament (Lifeguide Bible Studies) by Phyllis J. Le Peau
- Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, and What He Wants to Do with You by John MacArthur -- Workbook
- Ten Men of the Bible: How God Used Imperfect People to Change the World Study Guide by Max Lucado
- Men of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Men in Scripture by Ann Spangler, Robert Wolgemuth
Based on relationships, marital status, or other circumstancesReading about people with similar life struggles, needs, and responsibilities can help us learn how to navigate life and relationships.
- Couples of the Old Testament, LifeGuide Character Bible Study by Dale & Sandy Larsen
- Marriage: Learning from Couples in Scripture (Fisherman Bible Studyguides) by R. Paul Stevens & Gail Stevens
- They Were Single Too: 8 Biblical Role Models by David M. Hoffeditz
- Friendship: Growing Side by Side, LifeGuide Topical Bible Studies by Carolyn Nystrom
Based on ministryThe 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.
- Twelve Unlikely Heroes Study Guide: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You by John MacArthur
- Nehemiah, Men Of Character Series by Gene A. Getz
- Lead as Jesus Led: Transformed Influence by Bill Hull, Paul Mascarella
- Minister as Jesus Ministered: Transformed Service by Bill Hull, Paul Mascarella
- Rock-Solid Teacher: Discover the Joy of Teaching Like Jesus by Gregory C. Carlson
- Teaching As Jesus Taught by Roy Zuck
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