Verb kaleō (to call) in the Gospels-Acts

(Translation from NRSV with a few modifications for a more litteral meaning)

Blue color: kaleō = to name (give or receive a name)
Red color: kaleō = to invite, convene, summon


1: 21She will bear a son, and you are to call (kaleō) him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
1: 23"Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call (kaleō) him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us."
1: 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he called (kaleō) him Jesus.
2: 7Then Herod secretly called (kaleō) for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.
2: 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I have called (kaleō) my son."
2: 23There he made his home in a town named Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He will be called (kaleō) a Nazorean."
4: 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called (kaleō) them.
5: 9"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called (kaleō) children of God.
5: 19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called (kaleō) least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called (kaleō) great in the kingdom of heaven.
9: 13Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call (kaleō) not the righteous but sinners."
20: 8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call (kaleō) the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.'
21: 13He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called (kaleō) a house of prayer'; but you are making it a den of robbers."
22: 3He sent his slaves to call (kaleō) those who had been invited (kaleō) (lit. called) to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.
22: 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, 'Tell those who have been invited (kaleō) (lit. called): Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.'
22: 8Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited (kaleō) (lit. called) were not worthy.
22: 9Go therefore into the main streets, and call (kaleō) everyone you find to the wedding banquet.'
22: 43He said to them, "How is it then that David by the Spirit calls (kaleō) him Lord, saying,
22: 45If David thus calls (kaleō) him Lord, how can he be his son?"
23: 7and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call (kaleō) them rabbi.
23: 8But you are not to be called (kaleō) rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students.
23: 9And call (kaleō) no one your father on earth, for you have one Father - the one in heaven.
23: 10Nor are you to be called (kaleō) instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah.
25: 14"For it is as if a man, going on a journey, called (kaleō) his slaves and entrusted his property to them;
27: 8For this reason that field has been called (kaleō) the Field of Blood to this day.


1: 20Immediately he called (kaleō) them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
2: 17When Jesus heard this, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call (kaleō) not the righteous but sinners."
3: 31Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called (kaleō) him.
11: 17He was teaching and saying, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called (kaleō) a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers."


1: 13But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will call (kaleō) him John.
1: 31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will call (kaleō) him Jesus.
1: 32He will be great, and will be called (kaleō) the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
1: 35The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called (kaleō) Son of God.
1: 36And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was called (kaleō) barren.
1: 59On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call (kaleō) him Zechariah after his father.
1: 60But his mother said, "No; he is to be called (kaleō) John."
1: 61They said to her, "None of your relatives is called (kaleō) with such a name."
1: 62Then they began motioning to his father to find out how he wanted to call (kaleō) him.
1: 76And you, child, will be called (kaleō) the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
2: 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called (kaleō) Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.
2: 21After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called (kaleō) Jesus, the name called (kaleō) by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
2: 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be called (kaleō) as holy to the Lord"),
5: 32I have come to call (kaleō) not the righteous but sinners to repentance."
6: 15and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called (kaleō) the Zealot,
6: 46"Why do you call (kaleō) me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I tell you?
7: 11Soon afterwards he went to a town called (kaleō) Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him.
7: 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited (kaleō) (lit. called) him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him - that she is a sinner."
8: 2as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called (kaleō) Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
9: 10On their return the apostles told Jesus all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called (kaleō) Bethsaida.
10: 39She had a sister called (kaleō) Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying.
14: 7When he noticed how those invited (kaleō) (lit. called) chose the places of honor, he told them a parable.
14: 8"When you are invited (kaleō) (lit. called) by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited (kaleō) (lit. called) by your host;
14: 9and the host who invited (kaleō) (lit. called) both of you may come and say to you, 'Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.
14: 10But when you are invited (kaleō) (lit. called), go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when the one who invited (kaleō) (lit. called) you, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.
14: 12He said also to the one who had invited (kaleō) (lit. called) him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.
14: 13But when you give a banquet, invite (kaleō) (lit. call) the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
14: 16Then Jesus said to him, "Someone gave a great dinner and invited (kaleō) (lit. called) many.
14: 17At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited (kaleō) (lit. called), 'Come; for everything is ready now.'
14: 24For I tell you, none of those who were invited (kaleō) (lit. called) will taste my dinner.'"
15: 19I am no longer worthy to be called (kaleō) your son; treat me like one of your hired hands."'
15: 21Then the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called (kaleō) your son.'
19: 2A man was there called (kaleō) Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.
19: 13He called (kaleō) ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, 'Do business with these until I come back.'
19: 29When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called (kaleō) the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,
20: 44David thus calls (kaleō) him Lord; so how can he be his son?"
21: 37Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called (kaleō).
22: 3Then Satan entered into Judas called (kaleō) Iscariot, who was one of the twelve;
22: 25But he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called (kaleō) benefactors.
23: 33When they came to the place that is called (kaleō) The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.


1: 42He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You are to be called (kaleō) Cephas" (which is translated Peter).
2: 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited (kaleō) (lit. called) to the wedding.


1: 12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called (kaleō) Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away.
1: 19This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called (kaleō) in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
1: 23So they proposed two, Joseph called (kaleō) Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
3: 11While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called (kaleō) Solomon's Portico, utterly astonished.
4: 18So they called (kaleō) them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
7: 58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man called (kaleō) Saul.
8: 10All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, "This man is the power of God that is called (kaleō) Great."
9: 11The Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called (kaleō) Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying,
10: 1In Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Cohort, as it was called (kaleō).
13: 1Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called (kaleō) Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul.
14: 12Barnabas they called (kaleō) Zeus, and Paul Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.
15: 22Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called (kaleō) Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers,
15: 37Barnabas wanted to take with them John called (kaleō) Mark.
24: 2When Paul had been called (kaleō), Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: "Your Excellency, because of you we have long enjoyed peace, and reforms have been made for this people because of your foresight.
27: 8Sailing past it with difficulty, we came to a place called (kaleō) Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.
27: 14But soon a violent wind, called (kaleō) the northeaster, rushed down from Crete.
27: 16By running under the lee of a small island called (kaleō) Cauda we were scarcely able to get the ship's boat under control.
28: 1After we had reached safety, we then learned that the island was called (kaleō) Malta.

1 John

3: 1See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called (kaleō) children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.