Our family loves to play The Bible Name Game in the car because it does not require any supplies. It is kind of like 20 questions, but more interesting and more educational.
Sometimes we play while sitting around the table, or out on a hike. You can really play it anywhere, and it is a great game to sharpen your Bible knowledge. It even encourages the kids (and me) to study the Bible more.
How to play:
One person, which I will call the leader, picks a Bible character and announces the first letter of that character’s name.
The goal for the other players is to figure out the leader’s character, but you don’t just call out your guesses. If you think of a character that starts with the right letter, you ask a question that can be answered with your person.
Now the leader has to say, “No, it is not _________.” (They must answer with a person that fits the question, but it does not have to be the person that you were thinking about). If the leader can’t answer the question, you tell the person that you were thinking about, and the leader has to give a hint. (Our first two hints are usually male/female and Old/New Testament). Once a hint is given, all questions must be about people that fit with that hint.
The game continues until someone guesses the leader’s character, or until everyone else is stumped (can’t think of any other possibilities).
Then pick someone else to be the leader.
Leader thinks about Benjamin and says, “B”
Player1: “Did this person marry David?”
Leader: “No, it is not Bathsheba.”
Player2: “Was this person accused of a crime?” (Player2 is thinking about Benjamin)
Leader: “No, it is not Barabbas.” (The leader comes up with an answer that fits.)
Player1: “Was this person blind?”
Leader: “I don’t know. Who are you thinking about?”
Leader: “Ok, Male.” (Now all questions have to be about men.)
Player2: “Was this person the youngest in his family?” (Still thinking of Bejnamin)
Leader: “Who are you thinking about?” (The leader is pretty sure player2 is thinking of Benjamin, but asks just in case)
Leader: “You win!”
I recommend not picking the same letter too often in one day, because then you are thinking of the same people again. This makes it less fun and more confusing.
If you pick “J”, be prepared. There are a lot of J names that people can ask about.
You can try to stump the leader by asking about obscure people, or asking obscure facts about well known people. Instead of asking, “Did this person marry David?” , you could ask, “Was Eliam this person’s father?”. Or a vague question like, “Did this person live in Jerusalem?”
I hope this game brings your family many hours of fun, and inspires you to study the scripture more.