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.


Future Prophet

The prophet Agabus was introduced in Acts 11:27-30. In those verses, he predicted a world-wide famine that could have devastating effects on poor churches like the one in Jerusalem. Because of his prophecy, the wealthier church in Antioch sent funds to the churches in Jerusalem and Judea to help them survive.

The only other time Agabus is mentioned in scripture is in Acts 21:10-15. Paul is ending his Third Missionary Journey and is at the house of Philip the evangelist in Caesarea. Paul is accompanied by several men providing spiritual, emotional, and physical support, as they are carrying a large donation to the church in Jerusalem from the churches in Greece and Macedonia. Luke, the writer of Acts, is in the group as can be ascertained by his use of the word “we.”

Primary Scriptures:
Acts 11:27-30, 21:10-15
Story Summary:
Agabus prophesies that Paul will be incarcerated for the sake of Jesus
Caesarea, Israel
Circa 57 AD