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The Top 10 Most Mentioned Names in the Bible

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Have you ever thought about the people mentioned the most in the Bible?

This list of the top ten most mentioned names in the Bible comes from The Bible Answer.

10 — Abraham (235 times)

God’s promise to Abraham is one of the key promises in all of the Bible.

Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1–3)

We learn in the New Testament that the LORD’s promise to Abraham is fulfilled in Jesus Christ (Galatians 31–4:7).

9 — Paul (239 times)

The apostle Paul wrote at least thirteen books of the New Testament (fourteen if you think Paul wrote Hebrews).

He was sent to take the gospel to all the world — especially the Gentiles (non-Jews).

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles — if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. (Ephesians 3:1–7)

8 — Joseph (248 times)

Joseph was sold into Egyptian slavery by his brothers. He was one of Jacob’s sons.

He was a man of great faith who trusted in God’s promises.

By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones. (Hebrews 11:22)

7 — Solomon (272 times)

Solomon was David’s son by Bathsheba. He was a very wealthy and wise king over Israel.

Solomon wrote the Song of Solomon, most of Proverbs, and was the likely writer of Ecclesiastes. If he did write Ecclesiastes, he concluded it with what he understood as the purpose of life.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14)

6 — Saul (326 times)

King Saul was the first king of Israel. He began his reign well but ultimately rebelled against God and tried to kill the future king of Israel — David.

David mourned for Saul and his son Jonathan when they died.

“The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen! (2 Samuel 1:19)

5- Aaron (342 times)

Aaron was the first high priest of Israel (Leviticus 8–9).

Aaron’s high priesthood ultimately pointed to the “great High Priest” — Jesus (Hebrews 4:14–5:10).

4 — Jacob (363 times)

Jacob was one of Isaac’s sons and the grandson of Abraham. The tribes of Israel came from Jacob’s sons.

Jacob’s name was changed to “Israel” by the Lord.

And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:28)

3 — Moses (803 times)

God chose Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of Egyptian slavery.

Moses was a great prophet, but he spoke of a “Prophet” like himself that God would send — a reference to Jesus.

“The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’ “And the LORD said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15–18)

2 — David (974 times)

David was the greatest king of Israel and the one called “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22).

God promised David that one of his descendants would have a kingdom that would last forever — another reference to Jesus.

“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” ‘ “ (2 Samuel 7:12–16)

1 — Jesus (1,310 times)

Jesus Christ is the one that all the Law, Prophets, and Psalms spoke of (Luke 24:44).

He is the Son of God (John 3:16), the Christ (Matthew 16:16–18), and the eternal Word (John 1:1–4).

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 22:12–15)



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