List of major biblical figures
The Bible is a canonical collection of texts considered sacred in Judaism or Christianity. Different religious groups include different books within their canons, in different orders, and sometimes divide or combine books, or incorporate additional material into canonical books. Christian Bibles range from the sixty-six books of the Protestant canon to the eighty-one books of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church canon.
Tribes of Israel
According to the Book of Genesis, the Israelites were descendants of the sons of Jacob, who was renamed Israel after wrestling with an angel. His twelve male children become the ancestors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
- Joseph, which was split into two tribes descended from his sons:
Jesus and his relatives
- Mary, mother of Jesus
- Brothers of Jesus
- Mary of Clopas
Apostles of Jesus
- Peter (a.k.a. Simon or Cephas)
- Andrew (Simon Peter's brother)
- James, son of Zebedee
- John, son of Zebedee
- Thomas also known as "Doubting Thomas"
- James, son of Alphaeus
- Judas, son of James (a.k.a. Thaddeus or Lebbaeus)
- Simon the Zealot
- Judas Iscariot (the traitor)
- Dionysius the Areopagite
- Epaphras, fellow prisoner of Paul, fellow worker
- Joseph of Arimathea
- Mary Magdalene
- Mary, sister of Martha
- Stephen, first martyr
- Herod the Great
- Herod Antipas, called "Herod the Tetrarch" or "Herod" in the Gospels and in Acts 4:27
- Pontius Pilate
- Agrippa I, called "King Herod" or "Herod" in Acts 12
- Herod Agrippa II, king over several territories, before whom Paul made his defense in Acts 26.
- Felix governor of Judea who was present at the trial of Paul, and his wife Drusilla in Acts 24:24
- List of biblical names
- List of burial places of biblical figures
- List of Jewish biblical figures
- List of minor biblical figures, A–K
- List of minor biblical figures, L–Z
- Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:14-16, Acts 1:13
- Paul is a self-described apostle.Rom 1:1, 1 Cor 1:1, 2 Cor 1:1, Gal 1:1, Eph 1:1, Col 1:1, 1 Tim 1:1, 2 Tim 1:1, and Titus 1:1
- Matthias is the apostle who replaced Judas Iscariot. Acts 1:15-26
- Described as an apostle alongside Paul; see Acts 14:14; Gal 2:9; 1 Cor 9:5-6.
- Paul refers to him as an apostle; see Gal 1:19; 1 Cor 9:5; see also Jas 1:1.
- Alongside James, included as one of the brothers of Jesus who were apostles; see 1 Cor 9:5 and Jude 1:1.
- Philemon 1:23
- Colossians 4:12-13