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Most Mentioned Bible Characters Quiz

Name the 50 most-mentioned people in the Bible.
Last updated: December 03, 2013
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Person
1,370
Jesus
968
David
784
Moses
516
Jacob
335
Saul
333
Aaron
278
Abraham
274
Solomon
206
Peter
192
Joshua
186
Joseph
173
Paul
124
Jeremiah
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Person
122
Isaac
121
Samuel
121
Joab
117
Hezekiah
99
Judah
92
Absalom
91
Elijah
88
Nebuchadnezzar
87
John
83
Jonathan
81
Esau
79
Ahab
79
Jeroboam
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Person
77
Daniel
69
Manasseh
67
Jehoshaphat
61
Eleazar
59
Balaam
57
Isaiah
56
Pilate
54
Zedekiah
53
Asa
53
Abner
52
Gideon
51
Benjamin
49
Josiah
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Person
49
Sarah
47
Noah
46
Reuben
46
Jehu
44
Levi
44
Rachel
43
Jesse
42
Zadok
42
Jehoash
41
Jehoiakim
41
Balak
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level ∞
Dec 3, 2013
Mary didn't make the cut. Same with Adam and Eve. Joab is NOT the same as Job. Job doesn't make the cut either.
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level 74
Apr 15, 2016
Very interesting which famous Christian characters don't make it into the top 50 Bible characters, and yet do make it on the top 20 characters in the Quran
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level 74
Dec 23, 2013
Why'd all the comments get deleted? I can't imagine there was an update to this. Were people flaming each other over Mary and Job?
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level 74
Jan 16, 2014
This time I almost got everybody in the first column- I guess I misspelled Jeremiah. After that I missed a bunch.
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level 18
Jul 25, 2014
Probably
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level 49
Jan 16, 2014
Out of curiosity, how was "mentioned" determined?
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level 74
Jan 16, 2014
You can click on the link that redirects to the source.

Which I just did and ... hey... I typed Pharaoh and he was not on the quiz but he appears on the list! :P
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level 74
Mar 5, 2015
That's not made clear from reading the Bible. It's used as a proper name.
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level 34
Jun 17, 2015
That's the same as saying "King" is mentioned many times in the bible without saying which King
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level 74
Jun 19, 2015
^Read previous comment.
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level 75
Jul 22, 2015
Depends on how you read it, I guess. 'Pharoah' is a title, just as 'Caesar' is a title, and scripture uses both in that sense.
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level 35
Apr 14, 2016
I think the bible is pretty clear that Pharaoh is a title. After all, the half dozen pharaohs refered to (thinking of pharaohs in Abraham's time, in that of Joseph, Moses, Ahab, as well as in the prophetic books) are always referred to as pharaoh except in Exodus 1 where the account speaks of a 'new king'. But it introduces him directly as Pharaoh later, without explanation (no 'and his name was Pharaoh'). Its a bit like 'Ben Hadad' for kings of Damascus. Of course, the distinction between name and title isn't always clear.
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level 74
May 27, 2016
It's not that clear. And besides, the source counts him as a character so there still seems to be a conflict IMO if you are using that source.
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level 74
Aug 7, 2016
The source cited by a quiz would seem like a pretty good authority when trying to make a point about the quiz, IMO, whether it's found online or not.
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level 74
Aug 10, 2016
Was EVERY comment I made the other day wiped out in one stroke? What's going on? I remember putting a quote from Jesus here about how this was the best online quiz he'd ever taken, or something like that.
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level 16
Nov 24, 2017
I thought Good Sir Kal was smarter than this...
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level 74
Feb 2, 2018
Research suggests that gaging the intelligence of those more intelligent than yourself is difficult.
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level 16
Apr 18, 2018
@kal - Um... okay...? Just, just... What point are you trying to make?
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level 47
Jul 8, 2018
kalba actually it does say, right at the beginning of the book of Exodus, that a different Pharaoh had arisen by the time Moses was born, and he did not remember Joseph or his family. He was much more cruel than his predecessor(s), as evidenced by his order to throw all Israelite babies into the Nile. The Old Testament is mainly a history of the nation of Israel, so it wasn't seen as necessary to include the specific names of the Egyptian Pharaohs, although specific kings of other nations are mentioned by name. Their existence and details of their reigns are corroborated by plenty of extra-biblical sources.
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level 74
Jul 8, 2018
okay but how is that Bible character referred to?
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level 75
Jan 16, 2014
If we are calling these people "characters" shouldn't God be on the list?
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level 51
Jan 16, 2014
The description says "people."
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level 18
Jul 25, 2014
Isn't God considered a person, because he is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit...
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level 75
Aug 11, 2014
In the trinity, only the Son is considered a person.
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level 59
Mar 25, 2015
The Trinity is made up of three Divine Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I'm assuming this quiz means human persons. Jesus is fully divine, but He is also fully human...so He is a Person, and a person. :)
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level 64
Jul 28, 2017
Let's just bring back Arius of Alexandria's version..... it was simpler
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level 48
Jan 16, 2014
Spelling Nebuchadnezzar is just as challenging as spelling Schwarzenegger
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level 27
Oct 5, 2016
I'm Dutch and my Bible spells it as "Nebukadnezzar"... It didn't work 😂
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level 66
Aug 31, 2018
I bet you have fun with all the other quizzes in English also.
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level 66
Jan 19, 2014
Looks like most of the weird-named kings have been removed. Well, that makes it a little bit easier. Thankfully, they kept Jehoshaphat.
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level 73
Oct 22, 2015
Jumpin' Jehosaphat...i never knew he was a Biblical character. Thought it was just a silly phrase that cartoon characters said.
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level 21
Jul 8, 2018
There's an actual valley named after Jehosaphat.
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level 25
May 18, 2014
Maybe not the quiz for me an atheist, 7/50
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level 51
Apr 25, 2015
I'm an atheist and I got 34 out of 50.
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level 20
Aug 7, 2016
I'm atheist and i got 10/50
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level 23
May 29, 2014
paul + saul are the same person
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level 47
Apr 16, 2017
True, but New Testament Saul is almost always referred to as Paul.
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level 23
May 29, 2014
can you accept jonathon for jonathan please
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level 65
Aug 16, 2016
Jonathon sounds like a weird Olympic event.
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level 37
Nov 19, 2016
That is the most amazing comment ever xD
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level 31
Feb 24, 2018
omg
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level 44
Aug 1, 2014
the source link does not match up to the quiz list
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level 38
Aug 16, 2015
the source link doesn't work AT ALL!!! Plz fix!
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level 50
Sep 8, 2014
3:44, thank you, thank you very much. No autographs please. XD
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level 76
Aug 7, 2016
Are you Elvis?
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level 25
Nov 30, 2014
I knew the Hebrew versions of pretty much all the names, but could not figure out the English versions
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level 61
Dec 28, 2015
I feel you.
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level 27
Jan 21, 2015
unless you really know you are bible?
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level 22
Feb 5, 2015
Only got 21 correct, but at least it beats the average.
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level 22
Apr 9, 2015
Beat my record after taking it like 20 times. 47/50. Always forget Balak, Jehoshaphat, and Manasseh. Otherwise, I would've gotten all correct.
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level 60
Nov 28, 2015
Paul and Saul are the same person!
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level 56
Jan 24, 2016
saul is the first king of israel
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level 47
Apr 16, 2017
NT Saul almost never referred to as Saul
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level 65
Jan 2, 2016
11/50 :-(
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level 58
Feb 2, 2016
Why would anyone be surprised by Adam and Eve not making it to the list? I tried them but as they're only mentioned in the beginning of the OT it wasn't very likely.
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level 52
Aug 23, 2017
There are phrases like 'second Adam' though, so maybe people thought those would bump it up enough.
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level 49
Mar 15, 2016
no kanye?
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level 76
Aug 7, 2016
Or Trump?
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level 29
Mar 31, 2016
So it accepted Pilate but not Pontius?
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level 75
Apr 20, 2016
Is that Joseph of Technicolour Dreamcoat fame, or Jesus's not-father fame?
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level 37
May 24, 2016
Idk why Esav (Trad. Jewish spelling of the name Esau) Is not accepted also, I think a lot of people won't spell Nebuchadnezzar right
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level 41
Jul 15, 2016
The bible is fake
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level 77
Aug 7, 2016
Nope, it's real. I held one in my hands today.
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level 74
Aug 7, 2016
It's very real in the sense that loganite says it is, being the most oft-printed book in the world.
On the other hand, is it accurately transmitted, translated, and perfectly preserved from the date of the creation of the original documents that it is based on? Have there been no additions, embellishments, forgeries, redactions, or clerical errors included in the text we have today? Are those stories and accounts threin all real and not fictitious, backed up by history and science? Is the central message of the Bible a legitimate one? Is every word of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation the perfect unchanging inerrant word of God broadcast to mankind as some believe?
Of course not. But you can find a collection of bound pages with the words "The Bible" written on the cover easily enough, if that's what you mean by real.
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level 74
Aug 8, 2016
Pretty much anything is debatable I guess. Though some debates are pretty one sided.
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level 70
Mar 7, 2017
This is why the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls was so meaningful. Manuscripts that predated the oldest known manuscripts showed that virtually no changes had been made to the scriptural texts. Normally, with copies of copies being made over centuries of time, this would be hard to believe. However, if the Bible is God's communication to humankind, as it claims to be, it would not be outrageous to believe that God would ensure that His Word would not be corrupted, regardless of how many centuries pass. There have been countless frauds who claimed to represent the Bible (which Jesus said was to be expected), but the Bible itself should not be judged by these greedy, ambitious, deceitful people or organizations.
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level 52
Aug 23, 2017
Kal's comment would have been just fine if he'd left out 'of course not'. He can come to his own conclusions, but they're not fact because about a third of earth's population would beg to differ (even if you're not counting Muslims).
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level 74
Oct 4, 2017
Don: that's simply not accurate.

Aesthus: they're not my own conclusions, they are the conclusions of every honest educated person who has ever studied the matter. Once again, your argument that truth is a popularity contest is obviously fallacious.
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level 20
Oct 23, 2017
Man, it's really just amazing how much I don't care about what you're saying Kal. -Sincerely, me and mostly everyone else.
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level 20
Oct 23, 2017
"But Mr. Slug! You obviously care enough to reply to my comment!". Ahem. I just don't believe you.
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level 52
Dec 7, 2017
Circular reasoning, kal. Christianity is wrong, hence Christians are not honest or educated, hence the only people who are honest and educated disagree with Christianity, hence Christianity is wrong. If you reply to this, maybe try pointing out a real flaw with my argument instead of resorting to name-calling like you usually do.
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level 74
Feb 2, 2018
slug: you're insane.
Aesthus: No it's not circular reasoning. I'm stating facts that don't require reasoning to arrive at, I'm not attempting a logical proof. Show me someone who disagrees with what I typed above... virtually zero of them will be educated on the matter at all. If you manage to find someone who is a Biblical scholar and disagrees with what I typed... then examine the arguments they make and you will find evidence that they are a liar. It is impossible to study the Bible and NOT reach the same conclusion I did above. I invite you to reread my comment carefully before disagreeing.
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level 20
Feb 5, 2018
Kal: And you're still sour. You still don't understand my purpose on Jetpunk do you? Insanity is just a cover-up for several things in life...
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level 61
Feb 21, 2018
Kal, as a Christian and Bible scholar, I can't argue with you on your facts, because they are correct. But I can argue where you have mixed in your opinions with the facts. In particular: "Is the central message of the Bible a legitimate one?...Of course not." I'm curious what your concept of the central message of the Bible when it is, briefly speaking, a hodgepodge of writings by different authors. Can legitimate messages, central or otherwise, reasonably be extracted from the Bible? I think so. Others will certainly disagree. Doesn't make me or them dishonest or ignorant.
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level 52
Mar 20, 2018
Kal: So what you're saying is, 'I'm right, and if there's someone who disagrees with me, they're uneducated, and if they appear to be educated, they're actually a liar.' How is that not circular reasoning?
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level 74
Jul 8, 2018
Aesthus: again, I'm not trying to win debate points. What I said is true.
jonf: it's been a while since I left that comment but I think I was probably thinking that whenever anyone claims to know the central message of the Bible, or that it has one, usually they're just making it up to fit their own predilections and don't have much from the text to back that up. Like you said, many different messages can be "extracted" from the text... but this involves a lot of selective cherry picking if you want the message to be consistent.
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level 59
Aug 7, 2016
No Donald?!
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level 60
Aug 7, 2016
Duck or Trump?
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level 76
Aug 7, 2016
Or Sutherland?
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level 60
Aug 7, 2016
Featuring the quiz: "Unless you really know you're Bible, you'll be very surprised." I really know I'm not Bible.
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level ∞
Aug 7, 2016
Finally fixed
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level 59
Aug 7, 2016
Very interesting and fun quiz! Thanks.
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level 67
Aug 8, 2016
19/50... not bad for a guy who was excommunicated.
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level 67
Aug 8, 2016
Taken this quiz 3 times. Each time I've gotten Jehosaphat and Nebuchadnezzar. That's more often than I've gotten Paul, Solomon or many other much more famous people.
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level 74
Nov 1, 2016
Are these numbers based on mentions in the Protestant or Catholic Bible? i.e. does it include the books of Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, and Baruch?
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level 56
Jan 13, 2017
I win excomunication by 3 faults on spelling nebuchadennazer, missing Abraham and trying to put Mary in all sort of ways, including "that so-called Virgin" and "mother of dragons". I suggest an easy version with Most Popular Names, in order of appaerance and including Ben Hur or Charlton Heston. (Richard Gere played a bible character also, didnt he?)
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level 43
Aug 6, 2017
Jew here. I got 29/50 but didn't realize there were New Testament characters as well. I was horrified that I couldn't get the number one person, because I think I know the Bible pretty well! So I was frantically worried and then when the time ran out I saw it was Jesus. lol
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level 61
Oct 4, 2017
No Brian? Surely some mistake. I know he's not the Messiah, just a very naughty boy.
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level 64
Oct 25, 2017
Jumpin' Jehoshaphat! I forgot Moses!
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level 22
Nov 17, 2017
Mhh, the name of God (Jehovah/Jahve) occurs nearly 7000 times in the old Hebrew scriptures and it's not in that quiz. :( Please edit that quiz to be more accurate.
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level 14
Jan 18, 2018
totaly agree!
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level 72
Dec 3, 2017
It's a very silly book isn't it? Full of silly contradictions and silly story's about people with silly names doing silly things which only a silly person would consider anything other than silly. Personally, I prefer the pagan gods of old Europe, they too were very silly and fickle, but at least they had the good grace to not pretend they were anything else. Silly bible.
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level 44
Dec 28, 2017
I swear the 1% that got 100% correct cheated; or they're priests. Probably the hardest quiz on the site.
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level 14
Jan 18, 2018
ok.... no JHWH,Jah, Jahve or Jehovah? its Gods name!
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level 39
Jan 20, 2018
I agree, but it's one of the many things that have been taken out of many bible translations. Often Lord or God is substituted for Jehovah. I say, "one of the many..." because I will not believe that Jehovah is a misogenist or that there is any reason why Jesus could not have been married. Yet no mention is made of this in our present bible.
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level 54
Sep 17, 2018
It could also be that what was originally said in the Bible just wasn't true.
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level 9
Jan 24, 2018
Big Shaq should be mentioned Yo big shaq the one and only Mans not hot Never hot skrrra skidi kaka boom 2 plus 2 is 4 Minus 1 that's 3, quick maths Everyday man's on the block, smoke trees See your girl in the park, that girl is a uckers When the ting went quack-quack-quack, you man were ducking Hold tight Asnee(my brother), he's got the pumpy(big ting) Hold tight my man(my guy), he's got the frisbee I trap, trap, trap on the phone, movin' that cornflakes Rice Krispie, hold tight my girl Whitney (perfect) On the road doin' ten tours, allow my toes You man thought I froze I see a peng girl then I pose If she ain't on it, I ghost Hah, look at your nose(check your nose fam) You dougnut Nose long like garden hose I tell her mans not hot I tell her mans not hot The girl told me take off your jacket I said babes mans not hot(never hot) I tell her mans not hot(never hot) I tell her mans not hot(never hot) The girl told me take off your jacket I said babes mans not hot(never hot)
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level 66
Feb 24, 2018
I notice Reuben is sandwiched between Noah and Jehu.
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level 54
Feb 24, 2018
The reason God isn't on the list is that only people count.
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level 38
Apr 11, 2018
Too bad there is no way to distinguish the two Josephs without obviously giving it away.
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level 60
Oct 28, 2018
I'm atheist, knowing the name of only three Bible books, and having read only the first page because I was bored once. I got 6/50, and I'm happy with that.