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Quote of the day: He called into his service twelve lictor
Short description of some persons from the Old Testament and the Apocryphal books
Of most of these persons an image is available. The description is sometimes adjusted to what can be seen on these images.
Aaron
Brother of Moses. First High-priest of Israel. All priest descend of him.
Abel
Son of Adam and Eve. Was killed by his brother Cain.
Abraham
Left his home on order of God, and is the father of all faithful. His wife Sarah was infertile so he took Hagar and conceived Ismael. Later Sara conceived and bore Isaac. Ismael and Hagar were sent away through the desert which nearly killed them. God ordered Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Moriah but this was prevented at the last moment. His servant Eliezer brought Rebecca as a wife for Isaac from Aram.
Adam
First man. Lived in Paradise until he fell in sin due to his wife Eve, and was expelled from Paradise. Father of Cain and Abel.
Ahasuerus
King of Persia, married Ester.
Aser
Son of Jacob
Azor
Man from Judah
Balaam
Sorcerer. Could not curse Israel.
Balac
King of Moab. Called Balaam.
Barak
Judge
Bathsheba
See David.
Belshazzar
King of Babel. Saw characters on the wall which were explained by Daniel. Was killed by the Persians.
Benjamin
Youngest son of Jacob
Cain
Son of Adam and Eve. Killed his brother Abel.
Cham
See Noah. Traditionally the father of the peoples of Africa.
Daniel
Was taken by Nebucadnesar to Babel where he explained his dreams. See Belshazzar. Was thrown in the lions den because he went on praying when that was forbidden, but survived.
David
Born as a farmer's son he killed the giant Goliath, and became musician and general of king Saul. He married his daughter and became a friend of his son Jonathan but Saul tried to kill him. When Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle he became king of Israel. He saw Bathsheba taking a bath, committed adultery with her and when she got pregnant he had her husband Uriah killed.
Eliezer
Servant of Abraham. Brought Rebecca from Aram as a wife for Isaac.
Elijah
Prophet
Elisha
Prophet
Esau
Son of Isaac and Rebecca. Was deceived by his brother Jacob.
Esther
Became wife of king Ahasverus. When Haman tried to kill the Jews she saved them.
Eve
First woman, wife of Adam. Was seduced by Satan in the form of a snake.
Ezekiel
Prophet in Babel
Gad
Son of Jacob.
Gedeon
Judge
Goliath
Philistine giant, killed by David.
Habaccuc
Prophet
Hagar
See Abraham
Haman
Viceroy of Ahasverus. Tried to kill all Jews but they were saved by Esther.
Holofernes
Assyrian general. Was killed by Judith when attacking Betuniel.
Isaac
Son of Abraham and Sarah. Had to be sacrificed on Moriah, but this was prevented by an angel. Married Rebecca his nice, who was brought by Eliezer from Aram.
Isaiah
Prophet
Ismael
Son of Abraham and Hagar. According to the Moslims it was he who had to be sacrificed on Moriah.
Issachar
Son of Jacob.
Jacob
Son of Isaac and Rebecca. Deceived his father and had to flee to Aram. In Bethel he got a vision. In Aram he married Leah and Rachel, daughters of his uncle Laban, after 14 years of work. He got 12 sons and one daughter. He loved Rachel far more than Leah. See further Joseph.
Jambres
Egyptian sorcerer.
Jannes
Egyptian sorcerer.
Japheth
See Noah. Traditionally the father of Indo-Europeans.
Jephthae
Judge. Sacrificed his daughter.
Jeremiah
Prophet in the last days of the kingdom of Judah.
Jezebel
Queen of Israel. Symbol of Evil.
Joachim
Husband of Susanna.
Job
A man who suffered much to the glory of God.
Joel
Prophet
Jonah
Prophet, was swallowed by a whale.
Jonathan
Son of Saul, loved David his competitor for the throne. Was killed in battle.
Josaphat
King of Judah
Joseph
Son of Jacob and Rachel. His father loved him dearly, but his brothers were jealous. They sold him as a slave to Egypt, where Potiphar bought him. The wife of Potiphar fell in love with him, but he refused her, and was sent to prison. After explaining two dreams in prison he had to explain a dream to the pharaoh, and became viceroy of Egypt. When the famine he had predicted came his brothers came to buy food. After some tests he revealed himself to them and the whole family of Jacob came to Egypt.
Joshua
Lead the people of Israel into Canaan.
Juda
Fourth son of Jacob.
Judith
Widow. Saved Bethuniel by seducing and killing Holophernes.
Laban
Brother of Rebecca. See Jacob.
Leah
Wife of Jacob and mother of seven children.
Levi
Son of Jacob and Leah.
Lot
Nephew of Abraham. Lived in Sodom until it was destroyed. Was seduced by his daughters and became father of Ammon and Moab.
Manasses
Son of Joseph.
Melchisedek
King of Jerusalem, blessed Abraham.
Micha
Prophet
Moses
When Israel was in Egypt for many generations the Egyptians suppressed the Israelites. When Moses was born all just-born boys had to be drowned. Moses was put in a basket in the Nile, was found by the princess and brought to the palace. After 40 years he killed an Egyptian and had to flee to Jethro. He married his daughter and came back to Egypt to liberate the Israelites. 10 Plagues war necessary. The Israelites fled through the Red Sea where Pharao and his army were drowned. On Sinai Israel received the 10 commandments. After 40 years in the desert Israel approached the Promised Land and Moses died.
Noah
God told him to build the Ark, a big ship, to save his family from the Flood. After the flood he became drunk, exposed himself and was mocked by Cham, his second son. Sem and Japhet, his other sons covered him. Cham and his son Canaan were cursed.
Osee
Prophet. Also called Hosea.
Rachel
Favorite wife of Jacob, mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Died in childbirth.
Rahab
Hoar at Jericho. Saved the lives of the Israelian spies.
Rebecca
Eliezer brought her a wife for Isaac from Aram. Mother of Esau and Jacob, which she preferred.
Reuben
Steward of Judah.
Salathiel
Steward of Judah.
Samson
Extremely strong Judge of Israel.
Samuel
Last judge of Israel. Annointed Saul and David.
Sarah
Wife of Abraham
Saul
First king of Israel. See David.
Sem
See Noah. Father of Semites.
Simeon
Son of Jacob.
Solomon
Son of David, king of Israel. Famous for his wisdom, building the First Temple and his many wifes.
Susanna
Wife of Joachim of Babylon. Took a bath, was seen by two elders who wanted to seduce her. When she refused she was accused of adultery but saved by Daniel.
Tobias
Was guided by the angel Raphael on his journey.
Uriah
See David
Zabulon
Son of Jacob.
Zachariah
Prophet