How Well Do You Know The Biblical Prophets?

By: J. Reinoehl

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

A Biblical prophet was someone who directly proclaimed God’s will, whether they wanted to or not. Although several Biblical people were given inspiration at specific times, such as King Saul or Mary, a few throughout Israel’s history were lifelong prophets. Do you know who some of these men and women were? Find out by taking this quiz. (All verses are KJV.)

Which prophet was thrown into a den of lions?

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place… then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.” –Matthew 24:15-18

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Which prophet led the Israelites out of Egypt?

Moses spent 40 years as a shepherd in Midian. His father-in-law, Jethro, gave him advice for governing the Israelites while they were in the desert so he wouldn’t become worn out dealing with everyone’s problems.

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Which Old Testament prophet was a herdsman?

Amos took care of sheep and picked figs in the summer. The earthquake recorded at the beginning of Amos must have been severe since it is also recorded in Zechariah (which was written more than 200 years later).

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Which prophet was told by God that his descendants would be like the stars in the sky?

“And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.” –Genesis 20:7

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Which prophet was sent to live in the House of the Lord with the priests when he was a small child?

Samuel was the last judge of Israel before they asked God for a king to govern them. The first king—Saul—went to a spirit medium after Samuel died to attempt to contact him from the dead.

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Which prophet initially persecuted Christians and was blinded on the road to Damascus?

“Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, ‘Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.’” –Acts 13: 1-2

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Which Old Testament prophet frequently talked about the Messiah and is cited around 50 times in the New Testament?

The gold Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah was dated from around 125 B. C. It is almost identical to the Masoretic text, which was copied and edited from the 7th-10th centuries A. D.

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Who was the only full-time, female prophet listed in the New Testament, who praised God at Jesus's circumcision?

“And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel… She was of a great age... And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” –Luke 2:36-37

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Which prophet was a king of Israel and wrote many of the Psalms?

David was only about 12 years old when Samuel first anointed him to be the next king of Israel. Although it was noted he was handsome, he was also said to be ruddy (red) and was probably not dressed for the occasion since he had been called in from tending sheep. Since David’s anointing was when the spirit of God came upon him, that was probably the moment when he was gifted with prophetic ability.

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Which Old Testament prophet saw a vision of a valley of dry bones?

Ezekiel saw his vision while in Babylonian captivity. When Babylon took Jerusalem, they razed the city and only left a few Israelites behind to work the land. Only about 1/3 of the Israelites who survived the siege lived to be carried away to captivity. It is possible the mass grave at Jerusalem is what Ezekiel saw in his dry bones vision.

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Which prophet was instructed to build an ark and collect animals on it?

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in… heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction… For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell… and spared not the old world but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly… The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished…” –2 Peter 2:1-9

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Which prophet never died but was instead taken to Heaven in a fiery chariot?

Elijah was a prophet for the Northern Kingdom (Israel). At that time, Ahab and Jezebel had encouraged the Israelites to worship Baal (the Canaanite lighting deity) and his consort, Asherah.

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Which other prophet never died, but “was not, for God took him”?

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints to execute judgment upon all and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds... These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts, and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage…’” –Jude 1:14-16

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Which prophet was commanded to marry a loose woman?

Hosea means “salvation” in Hebrew. The book of Hosea spans many years and details the marriage of Hosea, which reflected an object lesson for Israel.

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Who was known as “the voice of one crying in the wilderness?”

“ For I say unto you, among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.” –Luke 7:28-30

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Which prophet was placed in a dungeon (cistern) of mud?

The prophet Jeremiah was unpopular since his message constantly told Israelites to give up to the invading Babylonians. The Lachish Letters (found on shards of pottery used as a sort of ancient scratch paper) speak critically about the defeatist prophet in Jerusalem.

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Which prophet lived about the same time as Isaiah and wrote against the leaders and judges?

“And I said: ‘Hear now, O heads of Jacob and you rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice? You who hate good and love evil…’” –Micah 3:1-2

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Which prophet wrote the shortest book in the Bible (21 verses)?

Obadiah contains a prophecy against Edom. Edom (the descendants of Esau) was happy that Babylon destroyed Jerusalem. The famous monument, Petra, is located where Edom once was.

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Which prophet rebuked David for the way he dealt with Bathsheba and Uriah?

“Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he… said to him: ‘There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb... And a traveler came to the rich man, who… took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”–2 Samuel 7:2

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Which prophetess had to go into battle with Barak?

“Now Deborah, a prophetess… was judging Israel at that time… Then she sent… for Barak… and said to him, ‘Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, “Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor…”?’ And Barak said to her, ‘If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!’ So she said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” –Judges 4:4-9

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Which prophet spent time inside a large fish?

Jonah is primarily known for his lack of compassion for the Ninevites, but he also prophesied that Israel would get some of its lands back—something recorded as happening in 2 Kings 14.

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Although Isaiah and Micah spoke about beating swords into plowshares, which prophet talked about beating plowshares into swords?

“Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong…’”–Joel 3:9-10

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In addition to Jonah and Zephaniah, which other prophet wrote about Nineveh?

Nahum addresses the destruction of Nineveh, but he also devotes some of his book to answering tough questions about God, such as “Has God forsaken us?”

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Which prophet was appointed to speak for Moses?

“And the LORD said unto Moses, ‘See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh, and Aaron, thy brother, shall be thy prophet. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee, and Aaron, thy brother, shall speak unto Pharaoh that he send the children of Israel out of his land.” –Exodus 7:1-2

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Which prophet wrote the book of Revelation?

The book of Revelation has caused the most divergent views out of any book in the Bible. Currently, for major opinions are held on the topic: the preterist view (most of the events took place right after the book was written), the historical view (the events depict the history of the Church), The allegorical view (the book is only parables about good and evil), and the futuristic view (all the events depicted will only take place at the end of the world).

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Which prophet was teased about being bald?

“And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, ‘Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.’ And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” –2 Kings 9:1

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Which post-exile prophet spoke about the temple being rebuilt?

Zechariah’s message primarily encouraged the Israelites to rebuild the temple after their return from exile. His message was given at the same time as Haggai’s.

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Which prophet has a song as the first chapter of the book named after him?

“The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! [I] even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!” –Habakkuk 1:1

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Which prophet took over leading Israel when Moses died?

Joshua followed Moses to the base of the mountain when Moses spoke with God and did not sin with the golden calf. In addition, he and Caleb were the only two spies who were in favor of conquering Canaan. The book named after him is primarily a historical document as opposed to a record of his visions.

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Which prophetess helped hide Moses as a baby?

“Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her with timbrels and dancing.” –Exodus 15:20

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Which of the following is considered a “minor” prophet because of the brevity of his book?

Malachi does not tell us exactly when he wrote his prophecy, but most scholars agree his book was written between the time when Nehemiah first supervised the rebuilding of Jerusalem and when he came back to check on the Israelites.

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Which prophet beat his donkey and took money to curse Israel?

“Balaam answered Balak, ‘Did I not tell the messengers you sent me? Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the LORD—and I must say only what the LORD says.”’ –Numbers 24:12-13

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Which Biblical prophet is thought to be a great-grandson of King Hezekiah?

Zephaniah prophesied during the reign of Josiah. It is evident from the text Josiah’s sons had already taken up idolatry at this time.

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Which New Testament preacher had four unmarried daughters who prophesied?

“Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the Evangelist, one of the Seven. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.” –Acts 21:8-9

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What was the name given in Revelation to the final two prophets?

“And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” –Revelation 11:3

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