Adam was the first man.
Eve was the first woman and the wife of Adam.
Cain and Abel
These brothers, sons of Adam and Eve, gave us the first sibling rivalry - and the first murder.
Noah was the builder of the great ark that saved humans and animals from destruction when a global flood covered the earth.
The father of the Israelite people, Abraham left his home country and moved his family and belongings to an unfamiliar land that God promised would someday belong to his descendants. His son Isaac was born when he was 99 years old.
As Abraham's wife, Sarah gave birth to Isaac when she was 90 years old.
As the heir to Abraham's estate, Isaac carried on the family legacy of God's promises being fulfilled. He married Rebecca who gave birth to Jacob and Esau.
The son of Isaac, Jacob tricked his twin brother Esau out of his rightful inheritance, and later changed his name to Israel. The twelve tribes of Israel came from Jacob and his wives Rachel and Leah.
As Jacob's favoured son, Joseph became the victim of his brother's jealousy. His family faked his death and shipped him off as a slave to Egypt, where he eventually rose to a position of power and influence. His extended family later moved to Egypt due to a famine and lived there for many years.
Raised in an Egyptian home after his mother sent him down the river in a basket, Moses eventually led the Israelites out of Egypt after a series of confrontations with the Pharaoh. He then led them toward the Promised Land, gave them the Ten Commandments and taught them God's laws.
The first High Priest of Israel, Aaron was Moses' brother and helped him speak to the Pharaoh using his great eloquence.
Joshua, one of Moses' most trusted leaders, went on to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land after Moses died.
A prostitute who lived in Jericho, Rahab hid a couple of Israelites who were spying on the city in anticipation of conquering it. She made a deal with them to not be killed in the battle, and later joined the Israelite camps. Rahab was an ancestor of Jesus.
God used a timid man named Gideon to lead a very small army in defeating an enemy nation called the Midianites. It's from this biblical character that we derive our organization's name.
Samson was known for his long hair, his mighty strength and his weakness for beautiful women. He was used by God to defend His people against the Philistines, but ultimately met his demise when he fell in love with a woman who tricked him into revealing the secret to his strength.
Another ancestor of Jesus, Ruth's story teaches us about loyalty, faith and love.
The prophet Samuel anointed the first two kings of Israel and also served as their advisor.
Saul, the first king of Israel, rose from simple roots to rule over his people. He grew increasingly mistrustful of a young man named David, however, and eventually committed suicide during a battle.
A shepherd as a boy, David grew to become one of the most well-known and beloved kings of Israel. He was a song writer, a warrior and one who the Scriptures say was a ?man after God's own heart.? David was also an ancestor of Jesus.
One of the sons of David, Solomon had a reputation throughout the land for great wisdom, wealth and power. He also finished the first temple in Jerusalem.
Esther, a Jewish woman, won a contest of sorts (though not voluntarily) to become queen of Persia. Her story of courage and loyalty is the basis for the celebration of Purim in Jewish tradition.
As a prophet to the kingdom of Israel, Jonah is known for being swallowed by a fish when he tried to run away from what God required of him.
At a young age Daniel was carried off to Babylon where he was trained in the service of the court. One of his core characteristics was his unwillingness to compromise his religious beliefs to satisfy the Babylonian laws. Daniel also became famous for interpreting dreams and rose to become one of the most important figures in the court.
From beginning to end, this book centres on the man named Jesus. The very reason it was written was to explain who He was, where He came from, and why you need to know Him. His story will change how you view your life and your future.
The mother of Jesus was in the lineage of King David and lived in Nazareth. She was promised in marriage to Joseph when she became pregnant of the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist
John was Jesus' cousin and served as a prophet preparing people for Christ's arrival. Jesus' public ministry began when John baptized Him in the Jordan River. Matthew 3:1
The author of the first book in the New Testament was a tax collector from Capernaum and one of Jesus' core disciples.
Like several of the other disciples, Peter was a fisherman by trade. Along with his brother Andrew, he was originally a disciple of John the Baptist. When Jesus came along, he recognized that He was the Messiah and decided to follow Him instead. Peter would eventually become one of Jesus' core disciples and a key figure in the early Church.
The author of the fourth Gospel was the son of Zebedee, a fisherman on the Lake of Galilee, and brother of James, also an apostle. Peter, James and John came within the innermost circle of their Lord's friends - but to John belonged the distinction of being ?the disciple whom Jesus loved.?
Judas, also an apostle, is mainly remembered for his act of treachery. For thirty pieces of silver he arranged to betray Jesus to the chief priests in Jerusalem.
She was one of the women closest to Jesus during his years of ministry. After He freed her from seven demons, Mary became a disciple, travelling with and supporting Him. She witnessed His death and was the first witness of His resurrection.
There are a number of Jewish kings named Herod mentioned, each playing a part in the story - from the slaughter of infants when Jesus was born, to John the Baptist's beheading, to Jesus' trial, to the Apostle Paul's trial.
A Jew born in Tarsus, Paul was originally named Saul and first appears in the book of Acts as the man overseeing the stoning of Stephen. He then became a zealous persecutor of Christians. Then, on the road to Damascus, he encountered Christ and his life was radically changed. Many of the books in the New Testament were written by Paul as letters to the churches he started.
The author of the third Gospel was probably a Gentile by birth, well educated in Greek culture, a physician by profession, a companion of Paul at various times, and a loyal friend who remained with Paul after others had deserted him.
Hospitable and generous, Priscilla was one of the first Christian missionaries. She and her husband Aquila were originally from Rome, but travelled extensively to talk about Jesus.
A native of Lystra (modern Turkey), Timothy became a friend, companion and fellow missionary to Paul. When Paul was in prison awaiting his fate, he requested that Timothy join him.