Quiz: Do You Know Who's Who in the New Testament?
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Do You Know Who's Who in the New Testament?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

Compared to the Old Testament, the New Testament contains a lot of non-narrative material; that is, teachings and philosophy. Much of the New Testament is letters from the Apostles to church leaders and fellow evangelists, clarifying points of theology and writing about how best to follow the example of Christ. Where, then, do you find colorful characters?

Answer: In the gospels and the following book, the Acts of the Apostles. Here we meet Jesus's twelve disciples, including the one who will betray him to the authorities. We'll meet authority figures who were threatened by Jesus's message, both native Judean and Roman, and also humble, scorned people who took Jesus's message to heart. The gospels are full of kings, scholars, lepers, thieves, soldiers and more. Acts opens up an even bigger cast of characters. As the apostles began to travel the known world, to spread the message of Jesus, they met allies in unexpected places (like Gentile communities) and made enemies of the powerful, especially in Rome. 

We're not even going to talk about the book of Revelation, which contains some of the New Testament's most mind-blowingly memorable characters -- though usually not by name. Think of "the Beast" or "the woman clothed with the sun" and you'll get what we mean. 

Are you ready to test your knowledge of the characters of the New Testament? Let's make your Sunday School teacher proud!

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I nearly abandoned my fiancee on finding out she was pregnant.
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For thirty pieces of silver, I betrayed Jesus.
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I danced for my stepfather, then asked for a prophet's head.
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This man had John the Baptist killed.
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I donated my tomb for Jesus's burial.
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I tried to "wash my hands" of the death of Jesus.
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I was pardoned instead of Jesus.
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I am Christ's "rock" and the first pope of Rome.
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Before becoming a disciple, I was a tax collector.
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We too were fishermen before Jesus called us.
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The cousin of Mary, I was pregnant at the same time.
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I leapt in my mother's womb at the presence of the unborn Savior.
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After seeing the Christ child, we had to take the back roads home.
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I had the vision that is the basis of the book of Revelations.
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When the first Christian was martyred, people threw their coats at my feet.
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I was the first Christian martyr.
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We paid a high price for withholding profits from the sale of land.
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I sang the "Magnificat" in joy over my pregnancy.
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I needed to see the wound in Jesus's side before believing it was him.
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I am the brother of Simon Peter.
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I am known as "Santiago" among Spanish-speaking Christians.
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Don't get attached: I'm only mentioned as a name on a list in the gospels.
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I am the other one of the "sons of thunder."
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I'm a disciple who is only mentioned in the gospel of John.
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I restored Saul's vision after his encounter on the road to Damascus.
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I wanted my sister to help with the housework instead of listening to Jesus.
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I don't just appear in the gospels, but briefly in the Book of Acts.
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I am credited with the authorship of Acts as well as of a gospel.
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I inspired the shortest verse in the Bible, "Jesus wept."
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I am considered to be the first Gentile converted to Christianity.
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Jesus healed me of a fever, and I rose and served the disciples.
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I am sometimes called "the young apostle."
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I am believed to have been a widow, and also called Tabitha.
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Some people believe me to have been Jesus's wife.
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I was a Pharisee who was sympathetic to Jesus.
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