What is the Hall of Faith in the Bible? (2022)

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The term Hall of Faith is never used in the Bible. It is a term that modern interpreters have used to describe Hebrews 11. It is a take-off of the modern idea of a “Hall of Fame.” Most professional sports (and many colleges and high schools as well as other organizations) have a Hall of Fame. Once a professional athlete has retired from the game, the biggest honor that can be bestowed is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Only the very best are selected. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame are those whose careers are so stellar that they should be remembered as long as the game is played. Fans who never saw those athletes play in person will be able to hear of their exploits and honor them long after the athletes’ deaths.

The Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 is a list of people in the Old Testament who were outstanding and should be remembered, not because of their athletic prowess but because of their faith in God. The readers of Hebrews are encouraged to imitate the faith of these men and women of the past.

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The book of Hebrews was written to Jews who had professed faith in Christ but were experiencing persecution that could be avoided if they would simply go back to the Old Testament system of law and sacrifice. In the first century, this may have been the result of direct Jewish persecution, but it may also have been the result of Roman persecution.

Normally, as long as a person or group did not cause any civil disturbance that would threaten the peace of Rome (pax Romana) and as long as they would swear ultimate allegiance to Caesar with the declaration “Caesar is Lord” and offer sacrifices to him, it was of no consequence what other deity or deities they might worship. Because Judaism was a long-established religion, older than the Roman Empire, Jews were exempted from the requirement of offering worship to Caesar if they did not disturb the peace. At first, Christianity was considered a subset of Judaism, and Christians were extended this same exemption. However, as time went by, Jewish leaders were increasingly hostile to Christians and began to denounce them. Once Rome began to see Christianity as a new religion, then the requirements regarding Caesar were enforced. Of course, for Christians, “Caesar is Lord” is a direct contradiction to the essential truth that “Jesus is Lord.” However, it seems that some Jewish believers had the idea that, if they could go back to Judaism, they could escape persecution and still be rightly related to God through Old Testament means.

The writer of Hebrews warns that there is no going back. There is no salvation in the Old Testament/Old Covenant now that Christ has come. The Old Covenant pointed to Christ, and He is the fulfillment of it. A proper understanding of the Old Testament will not draw anyone back to Judaism and the temple and the law and the sacrifices. Rather, it will push one forward to faith in Christ.

In Hebrews 10:39 (the last verse of chapter 10), the writer expresses confidence that his readers will make the correct decision but also warns of the consequences of the choice: “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” Then chapter 11 starts out, “Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for” (Hebrews 11:1–2). Then the writer lists many in the Old Testament who accomplished great things by faith. He calls on the readers to imitate their faith. Those included in this “Hall of Faith” are not perfect. Many had stunning failures, and some had serious, ongoing character defects. However, each of them came to a turning point where he chose to trust God rather than go back to what he could see—that which was safe and comfortable and appeared to be the easy way.

The author starts the Hall of Faith list with names and a brief explanation about how they exercised faith. The author speaks of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Rahab. The ancient Jewish readers would have been well-acquainted with Old Testament history, so the author continues, “Time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets” (Hebrews 11:32). Their acts of faith are summarized: “Who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection” (Hebrews 11:33–35).

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Then, after highlighting all the wonderful victories achieved by faith, the passage takes an unexpected turn: “Others were tortured, not accepting their release in order that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy) wandering in deserts and caves and holes in the ground” (Hebrews 11:35–38, NASB1995). The life of faith does not mean things will always go well. A careful reader would not be surprised by this, for the very first man on the list, Abel, was killed because he pleased God.

Ultimately, all of these in the Hall of Faith “gained approval through their faith, but did not receive what was promised because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect” (Hebrews 11:39–40, NASB). In other words, the Hall of Faith can include the present readers if they will also exercise the same faith. In fact, the heroes of the faith will not experience all God intends for them until all of God’s plan has been completed, which includes the readers of Hebrews at that time and even today. “Going back” to the Old Testament system would actually be a denial of the faith of the Old Testament heroes who trusted God and moved forward.

All of these “heroes of faith” in the Hall of Faith should be an inspiration, yet Hebrews 12 gives us the ultimate example: “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:2–3, NASB1995).

Faith does not guarantee that things will go smoothly for us. It does guarantee that we will be living in such a way that God is pleased with us and that we will experience His blessing, even in the midst of trouble and persecution. We can join the Hall of Faith if we trust the promises of God through Christ.

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Where is the Hall of faith found in the Bible? ›

Like Abraham, Moses takes a place of prominence in the Hall of Faith. A towering figure in the Old Testament, Moses is honored in Hebrews 11:23-29.

What book is the Hall of faith in? ›

Hall of Faith: A Devotional Commentary on Hebrews 11:1-12:3 Paperback – October 1, 2016.

Why is Hebrews 11 called the faith chapter? ›

Hebrews 11 is often called the faith chapter. It describes how various people responded in faith to what God said to them. But these stories are not told as historical trivia — they encourage us to have faith in our situations, too.

Who is the man of faith in the Bible? ›

Abraham is thus set before us as the man of faith. He is the type ofaU those who, having heard the call of God, turn their back on all lesser claims and commit themselves in trust and obedience to Him.

Who is the woman of faith in the Bible? ›

Ruth the Moabite was an example of unwavering faith bravery in the Bible. After being widowed early in life, she stuck with her mother-in-law and followed God for all her days, believing he would provide for her. Mary Magdalene is an oft-misunderstood Biblical figure, but she was certainly a faithful follower of Jesus.

What is chapter 11 verse 11 in the Bible? ›

So, what does this specific bible verse mean? In the King James Bible, the verse reads: "Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them."

What is an example of faith in the Bible? ›

Nothing will be impossible for you." "And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." "For we walk by faith, not by sight." "But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."

What does the Bible say about Hebrews 11 1? ›

1 Now afaith is the bsubstance of things choped for, the devidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders aobtained a good breport. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were aframed by the bword of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Who was the father of faith? ›

For Christians, Abraham is seen as the “father of the faith” and is honored for his obedience.

What is the Hebrew definition of faith? ›

Let's define “faith.” The Hebrew word emunah (אמונה, pronounced “eh-moo-nah”) is understood in English to mean “faith” or “belief”. But it is often also translated as “faithfulness.” And yet, it describes much more than just believing a statement about God. It reveals a life of full reliance upon Him.

What does faith is the substance of things hoped for meaning? ›

The Bible says that faith gives substance to the things you hope for. In other words, faith brings those things into your life. Notice this verse starts by saying, “Now faith…” It's not “later” faith or “one day” faith. It's faith for today, right now.

What does Hebrews 11 say about faith? ›

Bible Gateway Hebrews 11 :: NIV. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Who is the symbol of faith? ›

Often the first symbols we relate to faith are the cross, angel, or Star of David; however, there are many lesser known symbols.

Who lacked faith in the Bible? ›

Please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13 NIV). Moses so lacked faith that eventually God got angry with him and came to a compromise by sending Aaron to speak for him. In the end, Moses completes the mission proving that it was possible despite his doubts.

What are the different types of faith in the Bible? ›

Faith: Four Types of Faith, Which Do You Have?
  • Dead Faith. James informs us that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). ...
  • Demonic Faith. James also teaches that even demons believe and shudder at the name of Jesus (James 2:19). ...
  • Vain Faith. ...
  • Saving Faith.
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What was Jesus's wife's name? ›

Mary Magdalene, sometimes called Mary of Magdala, or simply the Magdalene or the Madeleine, was a woman who, according to the four canonical gospels, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and was a witness to his crucifixion and resurrection.
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Mary Magdalene.
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BornPossibly Magdala, Roman Judea
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Who was the first woman to pray in the Bible? ›

Hannah (/ˈhænə/; Hebrew: חַנָּה‎ Ḥannā "favor, grace") is one of the wives of Elkanah mentioned in the First Book of Samuel. According to the Hebrew Bible she was the mother of Samuel.
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Hannah (biblical figure)
Hannah
Major worksSong of Hannah
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What are the qualities of a woman of faith? ›

She is a woman of faith who trusts God and is confident and fearless.
  • A woman of faith trusts God and faces adversity with hope. She knows of His interest in her life. ...
  • A woman of faith is confident because she understands the divine plan of our Heavenly Father and her role to bless lives. ...
  • A woman of faith is fearless.

What does 1111 mean in us? ›

In plain English, the verse means: y'all screwed. Because despite the Wilsons' best efforts, from trying to call the police (and failing), to escaping to the Santa Cruz boardwalk and finding themselves all alone, help is never coming for the Wilson family.

What is the meaning of Jeremiah 1111? ›

In this verse, Jeremiah grimly tells the people that something terrible is headed their way as a result of sinning against God, and they won't be able to escape it no matter what they do.

Who was the crying prophet in the Bible? ›

Known as “The Weeping Prophet,” Jeremiah was also a very important one, husbanding Israel and Judah through their long enslavement in Babylon and writing two of the Old Testament's key books, Lamentations and the one carrying his name.

What are the 3 stages of faith? ›

He identified these three stages as Theological, metaphysical and positive.

How do we get faith according to the Bible? ›

Faith is the substance through which we receive from God, our salvation is from God . Ephesians 2: 8-9 for by grace are ye saved through Faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. We must believe and respond to the Word which then will produce in us faith as a 'fruit of the Spirit' (Galatians 5:22).

What is the full meaning of faith? ›

1 : strong belief or trust I have faith in our leaders. 2 : belief in God. 3 : a system of religious beliefs : religion people of all faiths. 4 : loyalty to duty or to a person or thing The team's true fans keep the faith.

Is faith a gift from God? ›

“In Ephesians 2:8–9, Paul says that the salvation event 'is the gift of God'; this event includes the whole saving process of grace, faith and salvation. Scholars, of course, continue to dispute this reading, but Romans 8:30 seems to confirm that faith is a gift.” T. R.

Where does our faith come from? ›

faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). This “word” is ultimately from God, “inspired” (literally “breathed out”) by God through the work of the Holy Spirit. Carefully read Jesus' promise to his apostles that they would be led into “all truth” (John 16:13 and context).

What is the difference between faith and hope? ›

On these grounds, faith is the result of current belief systems as shaped by experience, whereas hope is the product of desiring a future state of affairs. And while the two are intimately connected, (2) is the best expression of the relationship between faith and hope. One cannot have hope without faith.

What is importance of faith? ›

Faith speaks the language of the heart. It is an expression of hope that goes beyond the conscious mind. All that we hold precious rests upon a faith in people, their potential not yet fulfilled. The evidence of history points us in a different direction—the world is full of ugliness, brutality, and injustices.

Who was oldest person in Bible? ›

In the Bible

According to the Bible, Methuselah died the year of the flood but the Bible does not record whether he died during or prior to the flood. He was also the oldest of all the figures mentioned in the Bible.

What are the three essential dimensions of faith? ›

It is essential to the total human practice of belief, especially in modern societies, that tensions exist among the three dimensions. I will call them perception, opinion, and conviction.

What is Hebrews 11 1 in the Bible? ›

1 Now afaith is the bsubstance of things choped for, the devidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders aobtained a good breport. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were aframed by the bword of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

What does Hebrews 11 say about faith? ›

Bible Gateway Hebrews 11 :: NIV. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

What Island was John on when he wrote Revelation? ›

The Book of Revelation written on Patmos: The Island of Patmos has been celebrated for almost the last 2,000 years as the place where the Divine and God-inspired Book of Revelation was written by Saint John, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.

Where does our faith come from? ›

faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). This “word” is ultimately from God, “inspired” (literally “breathed out”) by God through the work of the Holy Spirit. Carefully read Jesus' promise to his apostles that they would be led into “all truth” (John 16:13 and context).

What is the difference between faith and hope? ›

On these grounds, faith is the result of current belief systems as shaped by experience, whereas hope is the product of desiring a future state of affairs. And while the two are intimately connected, (2) is the best expression of the relationship between faith and hope. One cannot have hope without faith.

What are the three components of faith? ›

It is helpful to consider the components of faith (variously recognised and emphasised in different models of faith) as falling into three broad categories: the affective, the cognitive and the practical.

What is the Hebrew definition of faith? ›

Let's define “faith.” The Hebrew word emunah (אמונה, pronounced “eh-moo-nah”) is understood in English to mean “faith” or “belief”. But it is often also translated as “faithfulness.” And yet, it describes much more than just believing a statement about God. It reveals a life of full reliance upon Him.

What is the substance of our faith? ›

Substance of Faith - YouTube

What is the last word in the Bible? ›

When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. That phrase is actually the translation of one word, “tetelestai,” in the original language of the Bible. And this rich and carefully chosen word is full of powerful meaning.

What is the capital city of heaven called? ›

In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, the city is also called the Heavenly Jerusalem, as well as being called Zion in other books of the Christian Bible.

Who wrote the Book of Revelations and why? ›

The Book of Revelation was written sometime around 96 CE in Asia Minor. The author was probably a Christian from Ephesus known as "John the Elder." According to the Book, this John was on the island of Patmos, not far from the coast of Asia Minor, "because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus" (Rev.

Which book was written first in the Bible? ›

The first book written was probably 1 Thessalonians, written around 50 CE.

Which gospel should I read first? ›

John is a great Gospel to start with because it's the easiest to understand. After John, the suggested reading order is Mark, which is the shortest Gospel, followed by Matthew and Luke. Reading the Gospels in any order will help people understand Christ better.

Where should I start reading my Bible? ›

For first time readers, a popular option is to start with the Gospels and more specifically the Gospel of Mark. The shortest of the four Gospels, it's also thought to be the earliest account to be written. As such there's a helpful urgency to the way it tells the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.

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