How Well Do You Know Your Bible?

Gavin Thagard

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About This Quiz

The Good Book is so good, it's actually 66 separate books, divided into two Testaments (the old and the new). Whether you believe that the Bible is the unadulterated word of God, the cumulative wisdom of a variety of traditions, or some combination of the two, you can agree firstly that there's a lot to learn from it, and secondly that it's a cracking good yarn (well, maybe except those long family trees).

The Bible may be a holy book, but that doesn't mean everyone in its pages is holy. There are saints and sinners, heroes and villains, warriors and priests, kings, and peasants. Some people eagerly respond to the call of God when it comes, while others run and hide. There are also plenty of enemies who follow other pagan deities like Baal and Moloch. Sometimes angels step in to help out or enact God's wrath, other times God does it himself. Whatever your preference regarding storytelling and character, the Bible has it.

Despite being 5,000 years in the making and having been written in several languages and translated into many more, the Bible remains one of the most important books ever written. How well do you know it? Take this quiz and find out!

What does God take from Adam to create Eve?

In the beginning, there was nothing until God created it. This included the first people, Adam and Eve.

Which of Adam's sons killed the other?

Cain was a tiller of the earth, who rejected priesthood. For this, Abel was the favored son by God, and Cain's resentment for this turned into murder.

Who did God spare from the flood?

God saw that the world was corrupt and decided that it must be destroyed. He found one faithful man, Noah, and told him to build an ark and bring along two of every animal.

Which son does God tell Abraham to kill?

Before Abraham can kill Isaac, God sends an angel to stop him. Abraham then sacrifices a nearby ram instead.

Who wrote the book of Exodus?

When Moses was young, he was adopted by an Egyptian princess. Moses later killed an Egyptian for attacking a Hebrew slave.

How does God speak to Moses?

Moses encountered the burning bush on top of Mount Horeb. There, God told him he was to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

Which sea does Moses part?

After deciding to let the Israelites go, the Pharaoh changed his mind and pursued them to the Red Sea. There, God provided Moses with the ability to part the Red Sea, allowing the Israelites​ to escape.

Who takes over Israel after Moses?

It is believed that Joshua crossed the Red Sea with Moses and the Israelites. Once Moses died, Joshua was in charge of leading the conquest of Canaan.

Where does Moses die?

Moses never entered the promised land. Instead, he passed the responsibility on to Joshua and traveled to Mount Nebo, where he died.

What caused the walls of Jericho to fall?

The Israelites' conquest of Canaan began with Jericho. They captured the city in an unorthodox fashion, by playing trumpets around the city until the walls fell down.

How was Samson's strength taken away?

Samson was known for his other worldly strength. However, he was betrayed by his lover who cut off his locks of hair, the source of his strength​.

With how many men did Gideon defeat the Midianite army?

Gideon was one of the Biblical judges from the Book of Judges. In the Old Testament, judges were military leaders over the Israelites.

Who was the first king of Israel?

Saul lost a battle against the Philistines at Mount Gibeah. He decided to commit suicide instead of allowing himself to be captured.

Who was the last Hebrew Judge?

Samuel was in charge of anointing Saul as the first King of Israel. After Saul's death, Samuel anointed the second King, David.

How does David kill Goliath?

David versus Goliath is the ultimate underdog story. In the story, the champion Goliath was killed by David, who was half his size.

Which of David's sons rebel in 2 Samuel?

David raises an army and puts down Absalom's rebellion. Although David wants his son spared, one of David's soldiers kills Absalom.

Who was granted wisdom from God?

Solomon succeeded his father, David, to take the throne of Israel. After taking the throne, Solomon asked God for wisdom, which God granted, making Solomon the wisest King of Israel.

What happened to the Kingdom of Israel when Solomon died?

The Kingdom of Israel split when several tribes from the North refused to accept Solomon's son, Rehoboam, as King. Instead, they took a new ruler, Jeroboam.

Which nation destroyed the First Temple of Jerusalem?

Solomon oversaw the construction of the First Temple of Jerusalem during his reign. The Temple fell when the Babylonian army, under Nebuchadnezzar II, conquered Jerusalem.

Where was Jesus born?

In the Book of Matthew, the ancestry of Jesus is traced back to Abraham. Then, in the Book Luke, it is traced to God through Adam.

Who is the mother of Jesus?

Mary was a virgin when she became pregnant with Jesus. This left Joseph, her husband, cautious when he learned of the pregnancy.

What job did Jesus have?

Jesus performed many miracles during his life. One miracle included bringing a man named Lazarus back from the dead.

What was Peter's original name?

Peter was a fisherman before he was called to work by Jesus. Jesus recruited both Peter and his brother, Andrew, to help spread the message of God.

Who was a tax collector?

Jesus was criticized for eating with Matthew because Matthew was a publican for Rome. However, Jesus said that he came to help the sinners, not the saints.

Who betrayed Jesus?

Judas is a symbol of betrayal in a lot of Western culture. In the Book of Matthew, Judas hung himself because of his treacherous act.

Who denied Jesus three times?

Most Church tradition says that Peter died by crucifixion. Some accounts state that he choose to be crucified upside down.

What was wrapped around the head of Jesus while he was tortured?

The crown was placed on the head of Jesus to mock him for claiming to be the son of God. The crown was often included in portrayals of Jesus in European art.

How did Jesus die?

Jesus was beaten to near death before he was crucified. He also carried his own cross to where he would be killed.

How many people were crucified beside Jesus?

Two thieves were crucified beside Jesus. One of the thieves made fun of Christ, telling him to save them all if he was the son of God.

How long after his death was Jesus resurrected?

According to the scripture, Jesus was buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea. Three days later, he rose and presented himself to the witnesses before ascending to Heaven.

What did Jesus promise?

In the Book John, Jesus washed the feet of his Apostles. Traditionally, this was seen as a form of humility.

Which book outlines the end of time?

The Book of Revelation was written by someone named John. Some believe this was the Apostle John while others think it was someone else.

Who is released from his prison in Revelation?

According to Revelation, seven seals are to be opened during the apocalypse​. The first four seals release the four horsemen with the fourth horseman being Death.

What does everyone face at the end of time?

According to Revelation, those who are judged wicked will be cast into the Lake of Fire. The saints, on the other hand, will find Heaven on Earth.

How many books are in the Old Testament for Protestants?

With its 39 books, the Protestant Bible is the most common Bible. The Catholic Bible, on the other hand, has 46 books.

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