Three Biblical Stories about Unusual People and Their Importance

Updated on April 21, 2019
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Tim Truzy is a minister in a Christian church, and he has participated in other religions.

The Bible is full of mysterious stories and people.
The Bible is full of mysterious stories and people. | Source

The Value of Exploring Biblical Texts

The Bible is rich with stories concerning the people of the nation of Israel which have influenced cultures around the planet. These tales have immeasurable value for those participating in several religions. Divided into the New and Old Testaments, the Bible provides guidance in how to worship the Judeo-Christian God. However, the text forming the current Bible has been changed over time. The left out writings form the Apocrypha.

Since the Holy Book is essential for spiritual development in several religions, insight can be gathered from multiple sources through the utilization of different approaches. Some individuals may be seeking to establish a firmer spiritual foundation. By contrast, others may prefer to view what is written as undisputable, refusing to conduct any research. After all, one’s relationship with God is personal, and human beings must decide on the level of information they require for spiritual growth. Nevertheless, the books of the Bible were canonized by a single group, suggesting bias may exist. But various Christian denominations still use some of the omitted apocryphal texts.

Various Christian denominations may use slightly different versions of the Bible.
Various Christian denominations may use slightly different versions of the Bible. | Source

Three Biblical Stories about Unusual People and Their Importance

As an ordained Christian minister, I encourage my congregation to read and investigate biblical topics which interest them. This is because Christianity is a participatory religion in which a person must work on his/her spiritual journey. For this reason, I am always involved in research to help those who want further knowledge about a subject. Below I’ve provided information about three biblical topics. They are:

  • St. Longinus: This was a Roman soldier who played a pivotal role in the Crucifixion of Christ. He lived and died in the first century. He is referred to in the Apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus in the appendix known as the Acts of Pilate. He is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, and seen as a martyr by the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  • Simon Magnus: This man was a contemporary of Christ and the apostles during the first century. Debate continues among scholars to whether this biblical figure is the founder of Gnosticism. However, his name appears in biblical and Roman documents.
  • Tribe of Dan: This is one of the more mysterious groups of the nation of Israel. The tribe provided substantial military support for the Jewish nation as they conquered Canaan. But the Tribe of Dan split from the nation of Israel and was exiled after invasions from enemies of the Jewish state around 950 B.C. The members of the Tribe of Dan were known as skillful sailors.

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Many scholars believe the Tribe of Dan spread out across the globe as a seafaring population.
Many scholars believe the Tribe of Dan spread out across the globe as a seafaring population. | Source

1. The Story of the Tribe of Dan

The Tribe of Dan is first mentioned in Genesis along with the other eleven tribes making up the nation of Israel. They were to be the “judges” of the Jewish state. In fact, the Book of Judges in the Old Testament features individuals from the Tribe of Dan, such as Sampson. Joshua, another important biblical figure, is also from this tribe. Christ was betrayed by a member of the Tribe of Dan in Judas.

Instrumental for various tasks for Israel in biblical texts, the Tribe of Dan is not found in the Book of Revelation with the other descendants of the Jewish nation. Scholars speculate the tribe is absent from the Book of Revelation because of the practice of idolatry. Others suggest the anti-Christ will emerge from the Tribe of Dan during the end of time.

Coincidentally, this story has important spiritual implications. Primarily, God has a plan for all of us. To such a degree, descendants of the Tribe of Dan are believed to be all over the world, from Ethiopia to northern Europe. In essence, we may roam the globe; but what He has set in motion for us will occur.

Show down on the Road to Damascus
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2. The Story of Simon Magnus

A great battle occurs between Simon Magnus and the Apostle Peter as recorded in Acts 8:9-24. Apparently, Simon Magnus, also called Simon the Sorcerer, felt he should lead the church after the death of Christ. He summoned demons to aid him in his confrontation with Peter on the Road to Damascus. Peter won the contest, causing Simon to fall out of the air, and scattering the demons. The sorcerer was mortally wounded during the conflict, but his name lives on.

Without question, we can benefit from the lessons this story teaches. For example, everyone is not meant to lead. Also, we can’t purchase influence with God. The activities Simon engages in were detrimental to the church, and we have the term “The act of simony,” derived from his name as a reminder to follow God’s Will. Finally, Simon the Sorcerer, descended from the Tribe of Dan, conspired with the dark forces to overcome the light. That is always a losing approach for anyone.

Versions of the story of St. Longinus state he cleaned Jesus Christ wounds with sponges or other materials.
Versions of the story of St. Longinus state he cleaned Jesus Christ wounds with sponges or other materials. | Source

3. The Story of St. Longinus

Longinus is the name given to the soldier who pierced Jesus Christ in the side with a spear at the Crucifixion. Later additions to the story suggest the blood of Jesus Christ dripped from the spear, curing the Roman soldier of a visual impairment. In the tale, Longinus also is noted as cleaning the wounds of Christ after he was taken down from the cross. The centurion became a Christian, carrying the Word of God to Cappadocia. Eventually, Roman soldiers were dispatched to kill him. Longinus was decapitated; his head was sent to Pontius Pilot, the Roman governor of Judea.

This story is significant for a number of reasons. Currently, various Christian denominations have celebrations recognizing the disputable acts of Longinus. In addition, the story of the Roman centurion indicates people can change after exposure to the teachings of Christ, performing incredible deeds accompanied by faith. In other words, Christians may have to suffer for their faith, but their rewards in Heaven and on Earth can be greater than the pain endured.

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References

Longinus. (2019, April 18). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longinus

Simon Magus. (2019, March 17). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Magus

Tribe of Dan. (2019, March 23). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribe_of_Dan

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    Tim Truzy 

    13 days ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you, Eric. Amen and wise words, brother.

    Respectfully-Tim

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    Eric Dierker 

    13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Tim I came back to think of Longinus and Paul on this wonderful day that our Lord has made. I was refreshed to think that in any given second I can restart my life (born again?) I sin but was given the gift to repent.

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    Tim Truzy 

    3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you, Brother Sean. I try to follow His teachings because a person who comes to Him willingly is a more devoted soul. Happy Easter to you in Greece as well. - Respectfully, Tim

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

    My dear Brother, Tim, one of the things I admire in your writings is that you show a path, but you let to the reader the freedom to walk the way as far as he wants! That's an attribute of a real teacher, and you are a fine one!

    The Bible is a miracle because at first, you can see it as a well of knowledge, but as you are going deeper you realize that is an Endless Ocean connected with so many other sources! Your article is a profound example of this. Thank you for another great work.

    Search for the Truth, and the Truth will free you!

    Love from Greece celebrating the Orthodox Easter!

    Sean

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    Tim Truzy 

    3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

    Thanks, Eric for the visit and the wise comment. - Tim

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    Eric Dierker 

    3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Tim I just came back. I think this is about my foibles. God has a plan for me though I am far from our Lords grace or understanding. I figure that sometimes you just grab a bag of popcorn and watch His show. The end is always the same though. We are loved.

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    Tim Truzy 

    3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

    Hi, Nell, some versions of the Bible have been written in modern languages: American Standard Version, English Standard Version, and others. You can find texts from these online. But I agree: The King James Version can be difficult sometimes. Thou, Thee, Thy, and so on. Thou shalt not bore you further. lol. Respectfully, Tim

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    Tim Truzy 

    3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you, Ms. Dora, you are right. Christ does forgive and makes the smallest into something great in His eyes. Thanks for your kind comment. Respectfully, Tim

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    Nell Rose 

    3 weeks ago from England

    I do like reading about characters in the Bible. Apart from the religious sense, I like it as purely a history book. If you read it that way its fascinating. The only thing I don't like is that they still insist that we read the Bible in 17th Century speak. in other words, all the ye's and 'divers' annoy me because its shakespeare language. They should write it in modern language. i tend to read the Torah online for the old testament, I can understand that. Thanks, that was interesting.

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    Dora Weithers 

    3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

    True the information you share is not included in the Bible as we know it, but they shed light on information that we do have. The incident of Jesus' blood dripping and curing the soldier on which it fell is so in keeping with Christ's willingness to forgive and restore. Thanks for a good, insightful read.

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    Tim Truzy 

    3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

    Hi, Pamela, recently I saw a show in which the DNA of Jewish people in Ethiopia was traced to the Tribe of Levi, the priesthood tribe out of Israel. These people even had a copy of the Ark of the Covenant, but interestingly enough, no one could say these individuals did not come out of the Tribe of Dan. Likewise, some people in northern Europe (Denmark, Norway, and even Great Britain) believe the Pict people of the Iron Age may have been associated with the Tribe of Dan. Thanks for your kind comment. Truly, I enjoy researching these things, but it's nice to know we have a destiny later. Have a blessed and peaceful Easter.

    Tim

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    I learned so much from this Bible lesson Tim. I knew the story of Simon Magnus, but not all the details of the 3 stories. Longinus is such a good story as stabbing Jesus in the side, as vicious as it was, shortened te agony of the cross, then for Simon to become a Christian is remarkable.

    Tim, I think this is a very good article with 3 stories that are unique. The Tribe of Dan is something I woud like to read more about due the evil predictions for the future and what has happened in the past. This is a very timely article as well, since it is Easter morning.

    Happy Easter Tim.

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    Tim Truzy 

    3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

    Hi, Eric,

    Longinus is one of my favorite people, too. Judas did play his role as God directed. It's Easter morning, I think I will go sit on my porch and listen to the birds and try to catch flowers waking up as well. Thanks for the visit and your kind and thoughtful comment.

    Tim

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    Tim Truzy 

    3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

    Thanks, Margaret. These are interesting people. I appreciate your visit. Respectfully, Tim

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    Tim Truzy 

    3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

    I wrote this article after talking with members of my church who were curious about the apocrypha texts. Although some see no value in those documents, they can be studied for historic value and interesting stories can be found within their pages. Reading the Books of the apocrypha combined with the other books in the Bible can be useful for helping others. Thanks for reading.

    Tim

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    Eric Dierker 

    4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Tim like I say to my kids 36 to 9 don't look at me. I just love this stuff. How cool is OUR history. I spent a good five years in a group called Cursillo. Woke one morning and knew my calling was not of history or prophecy. But wow do I love it. I can love it all I want. I just cannot teach it. So I pray for good men in my life to teach it to me. Well you know good and well you are one.

    My hair is tingling. The transformation of men by Christ is glory beyond my knowledge.

    Don't worry I will go chill out in my rose garden. I have two faves. The Centurion and crazy old Peter. But that poor guy Judas played his role well. Peace be upon him.

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    Margaret Minnicks 

    4 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

    WOW! Tim, that was a very good Bible lesson about the "Three Biblical Stories about Unusual People and Their Importance." I enjoyed the article very much. I took part in both of the polls.

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