One-Hit Wonders

The term “one-hit wonder” is most commonly used to designate musicians who had only one popular song. For example, one list of “The Greatest One-Hit Wonders of All Time” ranks the 1996 Los del Rios’ song, “Macarena,” at number one.

For purposes of this series, a “one-hit wonder” is a Bible character who is mentioned once, sometimes not even by name. Some of these characters play critical parts in important events, and some just give us an interesting glimpse into their world.

Because little is known about these minor characters, it is necessary to give them personalities that would be reasonable for the situation, then concentrate the episode of the Eyewitness Bible Series around events portrayed in the Bible.

As we often caution, we are not trying to add to what the Bible says; we are simply trying to add context that will help you understand the Bible better. We invite you to read the applicable Scriptures for these stories so you will know exactly what the Bible says.

Just as some one-hit wonder songs are a bit whimsical. Perhaps you will find some of these stories to be the same way. I hope you enjoy them, and learn some unexpected things.



Admittedly, the video episode of Caught contains a significant amount of speculation about the background of the woman caught in the act of adultery. The episode is meant to portray one of many, many possibilities.

John wrote, “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’”

John gives no indication whether the woman was set up or if the leaders were trying to take advantage of a real event in order to trap Jesus. In either case, the leaders have no concern for the woman and are intent on putting Jesus on the horns of a dilemma.

The leaders misrepresent the command of Moses found in Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22, which says if a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man and woman must die. Moses did not say the manner of death should be stoning and the leaders only brought the woman involved, not the man.

The adulterous woman
Primary Scriptures:
John 8:2-11
Story Summary:
Jesus is asked to judge a woman caught in the act of adultery
Jerusalem, Israel
Circa 29 AD