35 Easy Questions About the Bible

By: Tasha Moore
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Boost your Bible confidence and rack up some holy points with this super easy Bible quiz. If you know the Bible, you'll know how to score big on this Christian challenge. This quiz is easy for Bible pros, but if you're not so well-versed on biblical particulars, we'll get you there is no time!

Be prepared to offer up names of Bible kings, significant Old Testament tots and major New Testament players who helped to shape the destiny of the early Christian church. This exercise asks for easy info, but the stories that mention them can get complex. Don't worry, we've saved the comprehension drill for another time. For now, determine how well your memory serves you when recalling the personalities of Jesus's twelve disciples, for instance. A few hints: One is known to have betrayed Jesus outright, while another denied him three times. If you can identify those two, you'll do just fine with New Testament lore.

Easy Old Testament inquiries require that you identify entities, like bodies of water, major prophets and a few tribes of Israel. There are only 12 tribes and a handful of major Old Testament prophets to choose from. Major bodies of water should come to mind after you've read up on the helpful clues we offer along your quiz journey.

Any Bible fact is fair game here. Prove your know-how of easy sacred writ right now!

How old was Josiah when he became king?

2 Kings 22:1 plainly states that "Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign." Josiah was the last king from David's lineage. 2 Kings 22:2 confirms that Josiah "walked in all the way of David his father ..."

Which one of Jacob's sons committed incest?

Genesis 35:22 indicates that "Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine ..." The incident occurred, as Genesis confirms, "when Israel [which is Jacob] dwelt in that land" located in a region between Bethlehem and Bethel.

Who was the wife of Lapidoth?

Deborah is one of five biblical women who was called prophetess in the Old Testament. Judges 4:4 mentions Deborah's husband and primary duty to Israel: "And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time."

To whom was the name Jerubbaal given?

Judges 6 establishes that Gideon acquired the name Jerubbaal because "he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it." Judges 6:32 specifically states, "therefore on that day, [Joash, Gideon's father] called him Jerubbaal ..."

Hannah's first child was ________?

1 Samuel 1:20 references Hannah's reason for naming her child; she "called his name Samuel ... because [she] have asked him of the Lord." Samuel's conception and birth as a result of Hannah's prayer are part of a history in which believers prayed for and received children as blessings from God.

Who was blinded on the road to Damascus?

"A light shone around [Saul] from heaven" so bright that he "fell to the ground," and when Saul arose "he saw no man." This story is from Acts 9, which details Saul's conversion moment from being an enemy of the early church to a holy apostle.

Select the disciple who doubted the resurrection of Jesus.

According to John 20, "Thomas ... was not with [the disciples] when Jesus came" following Jesus' resurrection. Disciples who were present when Jesus first appeared told Thomas, "We have seen the Lord," but Thomas needed to see proof.

Can you choose the biblical figure who first witnessed the resurrection of Jesus?

Mark 16:9 confirms who first saw Jesus at the time of his resurrection: "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene ..." John 20:15 further expounds that Mary Magdalene mistook Jesus for a gardener.

Which high priest prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation?

John 11:49-51 illustrates the prophecy of Caiaphas, who is described as a high priest. His position as high priest of the nation substantiated the importance of his words, that "[Jesus] should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not."

Who was the Pharisee that came to Jesus by night?

John 3 calls Nicodemus a Pharisee, "a ruler of the Jews." The Pharisees implicated John the Baptist in John 1:24. The fact that Nicodemus came to Jesus "by night" shows that Nicodemus questioned the religious law he'd been charged to defend.

What prophet predicted that the spirit would be upon all flesh?

On the day of Pentecost, Peter referenced Joel's prophesy, which is found in Joel 2:28: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh ..." The New Testament Pentecost is a manifestation of Joel's prediction.

Barnabas belonged to which Israelite tribe?

Barnabas was "a Levite ... of the country of Cyprus," who according to Acts 4:36, sold his land to support the early Christian church. The verse reveals that the apostles gave him his name.

Can you identify what killed Herod Agrippa I?

For his crime of hubris, Herod Agrippa I was smote by an angel of God and "was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost," as recorded in Acts 12:23. Herod had allowed his subjects to believe that he was greater than a mortal being and "he gave not God the glory ..."

Near which body of water did Jesus teach?

Matthew 4:13 clarifies that Jesus "departed into Galilee; and ... came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast ..." The Sea of Galilee was essentially Jesus's home and the center of his ministry.

What was the name of the river where Jesus was baptized?

Mark 1 chronicles the story of Jesus' baptism. "Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee," according to Mark 1:9, "and was baptized of John in Jordan." John refers to John the Baptist.

Where was the Areopagus?

Acts 17:22 maintains that Paul "stood in the midst of the Areopagus" when he spoke to the "men of Athens," telling them "I perceive that in all things you are very religious." Some biblical interpretations refer to Areopagus as "Mars' hill."

Who killed John the Baptist?

In Mark 6:16, King Herod admits to slaying John the Baptist after Jesus' fame had reached Herod, who mistook Jesus for John: "But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead." Herod had offered John's head to Salome, his wife's daughter, as a gift.

Is it a challenge for you to note what caused the walls of Jericho to fall?

Joshua 6 chronicles how God delivered Jericho into the hands of the people by "a long blast with the ram's horn, and ... a great shout." The city of Jericho had previously been "shut up because of the children of Israel."

Who told her husband, "have thou nothing to do with that just man?"

Pontius Pilate, who was ruling governor at the time, was charged with prosecuting Jesus. Matthew is the only gospel that chronicles Pilate's wife's request to her husband that he "have thou nothing to do with [Jesus]," since she "suffered many things ... in a dream because of him."

How much did the poor widow cast into the treasury?

Mark 12 records the widow's minuscule contribution of two mites, small copper coins "which make a farthing." Luke 21:4 mentions Jesus's commentary concerning the widow's humble gesture: "[But] she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had."

Identify the biblical woman who wanted to be called "Mara."

To the townswomen's question, "Is this Naomi," Naomi responded, "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara ..." Ruth 1:20 goes on to explain that she felt "the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with [her]." Naomi had lost her husband and two sons after leaving her hometown of Bethlehem.

What was the name of the king who sought to slaughter the children of Bethlehem?

There are several Herod kings mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. Matthew 2:16 confirms King Herod's deed, to "slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under ..."

Is it a challenge for you to choose the name of Timothy's grandmother?

In 2 Timothy 1:5, Apostle Paul makes light of Timothy's devotion and that of his pious grandmother: "When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois ..." Paul implores Timothy to "keep that which is committed to thy trust," in 1 Timothy 6:20.

God told Abraham to sacrifice whom as a burnt offering?

Genesis 22 recounts how God tested Abraham's faith by instructing him to "Take ... [his] only son Isaac, whom [he] lovest" as a sacrifice unto God. While Abraham proceeded to fulfill God's wish, an angel of God directed Abraham to sacrifice a ram instead.

How many times a day did Daniel pray?

"King Darius signed the writing and the decree" abolishing the "petition of any God or man ..." except for the king, as stated in Daniel 6. In spite of the law, Daniel "kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime."

How well do you know the name that refers to bread from heaven?

As it is written in Exodus 16, God promised to "rain bread from heaven" for the Israelites, "and the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey."

What was the disease that killed King Uzziah?

Prideful King Uzziah defied religious law and burned incense in the temple, an act reserved for "the priests of the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense," according to 2 Chronicles 26. As punishment for his misdeed, "leprosy even rose up in [Uzziah's] forehead ..."

For how long were the children of Israel under Egyptian bondage?

The children of Israel were ultimately freed from captivity in Egypt under Moses' leadership. Their liberation occurred after 430 years of temporary bondage, as stated in Exodus 12: "Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years."

The storm that capsized the ship on which Paul sailed to Rome was called ________?

In Acts 27, Paul had warned his shipmates not to travel to Crete, telling them "Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage ..." However, the ship went forth until "they sailed close by Crete. But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous" wind, called Euroclydon."

How many days did Jesus wait before traveling back to Bethany after he heard that Lazarus was sick?

John 11 maintains that "when [Jesus] had heard therefore that [Lazarus] was sick, [Jesus] abode two days still in the same place where he was." Lazarus' sisters had "sent unto [Jesus], saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick."

In the book of Revelation, the rider named Death was followed by what?

The vision in Revelation 6:8 specifies "a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him." The previously mentioned judgments in Revelation are sword, famine and pestilence.

Guess which of these options covers the multitude of sins?

Proverbs 10:12, "Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins," is echoed in 1 Peter 4:8, which states, "And above all things have fervent love for one another: for love shall cover a multitude of sins." Some biblical translations replace "love" with "charity."

A man who prays or prophesies with his head covered is doing what?

First Corinthians communicates the religious adage: "Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head." "Praying or prophesying" may refer to praying on behalf of others, speaking in tongues or a similar form of devout practice.

Who was scribe to Paul in the writing of Romans?

Romans 16:22 confirms authorship of the epistle; it reads, "I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord." Paul's letter to the Romans is a three-part epistle; the final portion intimates salutations.

What is the wages of sin?

Romans 6:23 makes the claim that "the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." For the believer, Romans 6:9 substantiates that "death hath no more dominion ..."

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