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My friend Anu Garg runs the popular website, where he teaches you a Word of the Day complete with pronunciation, etymology, etc.

This week’s theme is “Biblical characters who became words” and Garg introduces the theme with a personal story:

… After I lost my religion, I read books of other religions. I read the Bible from cover to cover. I was shocked at what was in it. That’s when I understood why scientist and writer Isaac Asimov once said, “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”

My reading of the book wasn’t in vain. I did get something out of it. This week we’ll look at words that originated in the Bible. Say hello to the five biblical characters whose names have become words in the English language.

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the first word in the series means “liar” 🙂
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Ryan and Scott for the link!)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.