Ask most Christians to name the people in the Bible, and they will probably list the same dozen names. Jesus, Moses, Mary, David, Joseph, Abraham, Isaac, Israel and so on. It is understandable that these are the first names that most people would come up with because those are the most important characters in the grand story of the Bible. Unfortunately, most people can list only those dozen or so names. The majority of people would not be able to list all 12 sons of Israel or the other youths who were captives with Daniel. Few people could list all the prophets in the Old Testament. Fewer still could state why each prophet was important enough to merit being named.
There are over 3,200 people referenced by name in the Bible, and there are hundreds more who are identified only as “a servant,” “an Israelite,” “a gentile” or “a Samaritan.” These unnamed people are even more likely to be forgotten than those who are named. That humans forget these people, however, does not diminish the importance of lesser known and unknown characters. Here are four Biblical people everyone forgets are important but without whom the Good Book would have come to an early end.