How well do you know the Abrahamic religious texts (The Bible, The Quran, and The Tanakh)?

Abi Luftig

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People often say there are more similarities than differences between the three Abrahamic religions -- Christianity, Islam, and Judaism -- and there is a lot of truth to that statement. Test your knowledge of the main texts of these religions (the Christian Biblical New Testament, The Islamic Quran, and the Jewish Tanakh) by correctly identifying which text these verses come from! (For the sake of clarity and equal representation, all Christian verses will come from the New Testament and all Old Testament verses will be associated with the Tanakh only.)

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

This verse comes from the Bible. It is Chapter 6, verse 24 in the Book of Matthew. The Gospel of Matthew contains large portions discussing genealogy.

Is there any reward for good other than good?

This verse is from the Quran, which is divided in sura (chapters) and ayat (verses). This particular verse is from Sura 55 ayat 60. Sura 55 is called Ar-Rahman, which is generally translated as The Most Merciful. It contains 78 ayat, most of which discuss Paradise.

You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

This verse is from the Tanakh. It is from Shemot 22:21. While many think of the Torah when considering Jewish texts, that term only refers to the first five books (admittedly, the most commonly quoted). The Tanakh is the full rabbinical text and offers greater insights into the religion.

Others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

This quote from the New Testament Bible comes from Mark 4:18-19. Mark is one of the four books of the Gospels. The Gospel of Mark discusses John the Baptist and the Baptism of Christ.

And We have not sent you except as a giver of glad tidings and a warner to all mankind, but most of men know not.

This text, referring to Mohammad, is from the Quran 34:28. Sura 34 is called Saba', or Sheba. The sura contains 54 ayat and discusses the people of the kingdom of Sheba.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

This is from the Bible. It comes from the Book of Romans, chapter 1, verse 22. This book is actually a letter from Paul to the Romans, summarizing the works of Jesus.

The mirth of the wicked is brief.

This verse from the Tanakh is Iyyôbh 20:5. It is part of Sifrei Emet (the poetry books), which is part of the Ketuvim (The Writings)

Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

This Biblical verse is 1 Corinthians 5:8. The First Corinthians book is essentially a letter to a church in Corinth that fractured due to questions on how to behave like Christians.

And We have placed within the heaven great stars and have beautified it for the observers.

This Quranic verse is from Al-Hijr 15:16. Al-Hijr translates to "The Rocky Tract" or "The Stoneland." Its main theme is Allah providing guidance to mankind through the Quran.

So whoever believes in his Lord, he will fear neither loss nor oppression.

This quote is Al-Jinn 72:13. As the title implies, Surah Al-Jinn deals with the topic of jinn, which are spiritual beings unseen by the naked eye. The Quran says that jinn were created by smokeless fire.

This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless.

This Biblical verse is Philippians 1:9-10 NIV. The full name of this book is Epistle of Paul and Timothy to the Philippians. The book deals primarily with how to lead a good and godly life and being happy while having little to no material wealth.

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.

This is Al-Baqarah 2:155, which translates to "The Cow." It primarily discusses legal ordinances and social issues, such as ethics and warfare.

You have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.

This is Colossians 3:9-10 NRSV. This book of the Bible is a letter from Paul to a church in the Asia Minor city of Colossae, basically telling them to stick to their faith, and not to slip back into paganism.

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of feasting with strife.

This is Mishlei 17:1. Mishlei is the second of the three poetic books known as the Sifrei Emet.

Commune with your own heart.

This is Tehillim 4:4. Tehillim is the first of the three Sifrei Emet. The poetic books have a special style of chanting to highlight the parallel nature of the verses.

It is You we worship and You we ask for help.

This is Al-Fatiha 1:5. Al-Fatiha translates to "The Opening," and explains the essentials of the Quran and the principles within.

Then the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

This is Bereishit 2.7. Bereishit means “In the beginning” and tells the story of creation. It’s the first book of both the Torah and the Tanakh.

And remember when you were few, deemed weak in the land, fearing lest people should carry you off by force, He sheltered you and strengthened you with His help, and gave you of the good things that you might give thanks.

This is Al-Anfal 8:26. Al-Anfal is usually translated as "The Spoils of War" and talks about making sacrifices for the greater good.

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.

This is 1 Peter 2:2 NIV. In this book, Peter is writing words of encouragement to persecuted Christians, encouraging them to live well and testify truthfully.

All the believers were together and had everything in common.

This is Acts 2:44 NIV. The full name of this book is The Acts of The Apostles. It deals primarily with the founding of the Christian Church.

A Book which We have revealed unto thee, in order that thou mightest lead mankind out of the depths of darkness into light - by the leave of their Lord - to the Way of (Him) the Exalted in power, worthy of all praise!

This is Ibraheem 14:1. Ibraheem, or Abraham, talks about the story of Abraham and also includes "the revelation of God's word to mankind."

By the declining day, Lo! man is a state of loss, save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.

This is Al-Asr 103:1-3. Al-Asr, or "The Declining Day", talks about doing righteous deeds and to have the virtues of patience, honesty, and equality.

If they let you be, and do not make war on you, and offer you peace, God does not allow you to harm them.

This is An-Nisa' 4:90. An-Nisa', or "The Women," talks about the rights of women, as well as how believers should interact with nonbelievers.

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

This is Shmû’ēl 22:33. This is from the section of the Tanakh called the Nevi'im, or “Prophets." Specifically, Shmû’ēl, or Samuel, is from the Nevi'im Rishonim, or The Former Prophets.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

This is 1 John:2-3 NIV. John wrote this letter as a guide for how to live as Christians.

All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

This is Mîkhāh 4:5. Mîkhāh, which is also written as Micah, is part of the Trei Asar, or The Twelve, which are the minor prophets in the Nevi'im.

Take no interest from your brother, in money or in goods, but have the fear of your God before you, and let your brother make a living among you.

This is Vayikra 25:36. Vayikra, meaning “And He called," is the first of the five books of the Torah. The Torah is the first section of the Tanakh.

You cannot guide those you would like to but God guides those He wills. He has best knowledge of the guided.

This is Al-Qasas 28: 56. Al-Qasas, or The Stories. It tells of the life of Moses, focusing on his humanity.

Consider whether the light in you is not darkness.

This is Luke 11:35 NRSV. Luke is the second-longest Gospel. It is more of a historical account of the ministry of Jesus.

The people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till it devours its prey and drinks the blood of its victims.

This is Bəmidbar 23:24. Bəmidbar, which translates to “In the desert," is the fourth book of the Torah, which is sometimes referred to as The Five Books of Moses.

Consider the days of old, the years of the many generations.

This is Devarim 32:7. Devarim can be translated as “words” or “things”. It is the fifth and final book of the Torah, which translates to “teaching."

Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

This is Hebrews 13:3. This book is essentially a letter from Paul to Messianic Jews encouraging them to cling to Christ and follow ceremonial law.

Nor walk on the earth with insolence: for you cannot rend the earth asunder, nor reach the mountains in height.

This is Al-Isra 17:37. Al-Isra, which is often translated as The Night Journey, tells the story of Mohammad's nocturnal trek from Mecca to Jerusalem. It also discusses "the children of Israel."

Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.

This is Rūth 1:17-18. The book of Rūth (or Ruth), is in the Hamesh Megillot, or The Five Scrolls. The Scrolls are part of the Ketuvim.

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

This is Dānî'ēl 12:3. Dānî'ēl, or Daniel, is in the ungrouped trio in the Kevutim, occasionally referred to as “the other books."

We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

This is 2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV. The second letter to the Corinthians answered more questions posed to Paul by the church in Corinth.

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