Also Known As …
We call the Bible the Word of God, the Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, and various other names. Certain people and places in the Bible have more than one name also, and in the case of some of the people, the second name came from a life-altering experience. See how much you know about these "alternate identities."
- King David's son Jedidiah became one of the most famous people in the Bible, but under what name?
- A powerful Egyptian official named Zaphnath-paaneah was given what birth name by his Hebrew father?
- A bright young Jewish man rose to power in Babylon and was given the name Belteshazzar. What was his original name?
- What widow woman, who lost her husband and both sons, referred to herself as Mara, a name meaning "bitter."
- Who got his name changed, and his anatomy altered, after an all-night wrestling match with God?
- Which disciple got the new nickname meaning "rock" after he declared that Jesus was the Messiah?
- What apostle was named for a king of Israel but is better known by his Greek name?
- Whose Midianite father-in-law was known as both Jethro and Reuel?
- What apostle, whose original name was Joseph, was given a new name meaning "son of encouragement"?
- The sacred mountain called Horeb is better known by what name?
- What man in Genesis went by names meaning "hairy" and "red"?
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J. Stephen Lang is the author of 15 books about the Bible, including the recently published What the Good Book Didn't Say (Citadel Press) and Talking Donkeys & Wheels of Fire: Bible Stories That Are Truly Bizarre! (Warner).
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