You do not have to be churched to know some of the Bible stories. They crop up as wall murals, have entered pop culture and frequently make great anecdotal references in books and magazines. Have you ever wondered what the top five Bible stories are that almost everyone knows?


  1. The Crucifixion. You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who has not heard about Jesus’ death on the cross. While some of the details may be fuzzy, the cross and its symbolism are nevertheless firmly connected in the minds of the average American.
  2. The Nativity. A close second is the birth of the baby Jesus. A common depiction on Christmas cards from around the world, the straw, stable, ox and donkey have become famous. Granted, the ox and the donkey are more lore than Bible story, but the birth story is nevertheless famous.
  3. Noah’s Ark. Countless nurseries feature wall murals that depict a big boat, a smiling Noah and pairs of animals walking up a ramp. Again, many of the details surrounding the story are unclear to most Americans, but the image is indelibly burned into our minds.
  4. Jonah and the Big Fish. What Christians Want to Know numbers the story of Jonah and the big fish as one of the most recognized Bible tales.
  5. David and Goliath. While this story has made it into the mainstream, the Bible Fun Factory also identifies it as one of the top stories for children. In particular, it is the way a small boy goes up against a large bully that has endeared the shepherd’s boy to generations of youngsters.

While groups of other folks are also familiar with the story of Moses and the 10 Commandments, Abraham and Isaac on the way to the sacrifice, and David and Bathsheba, it is this list of five stories that has risen to the top as the collection of narratives that virtually everyone is familiar with. Who knew?