What Do You Know About the Biblical Gospels (KJV)?

By: J. Reinoehl
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About This Quiz

The first books of the Biblical New Testament tell the story of Jesus Christ's life and the lessons that He taught. How well do you remember the Gospels? Take the following quiz to find out.

In the parable of the wise and foolish builders, the wise man did what?

"Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built a house, and dug​ deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock." (Luke 6:47-48)

What were the names of Jesus' parents?

Genealogies were well-kept Hebrew records during the time of Jesus, which is why the differences between Matthew's and Luke's genealogy of Jesus confuse many scholars. It is thought one is the line of Mary and one is the line of Joseph. Matthew's version contains female names, but Luke's is more traditional.

Which apostle betrayed Jesus?

When Judas killed himself, he left an empty spot among the twelve apostles. As a result, the other apostles chose Matthias to replace him by casting lots.

Jesus was born in which town?

"And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 'And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judaea, art not the least among the princes of Judaea: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people, Israel.'" (Matthew 2:6)

Which king ordered children under the age of 2 to be slaughtered in an attempt to kill Jesus?

Most of what we know about King Herod the Great comes from the works of Josephus. Although he completed many building projects still visible today, such as the Temple (Herod's Temple) and the fortress of Masada, he was also known to suffer paranoia and depression that frequently led to killing the people he ruled en masse.

When Jesus was 12 years old and was separated from his parents, where did they find him?

"And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers." (Luke 2:46–47)

What miracle, known as Jesus' first, did Jesus perform at the wedding feast?

Since Mary asked Jesus to help when they ran out of wine, it is assumed the wedding was for one of Jesus' siblings or another close relative. This is the only miracle recorded by John (John 2), but John 4 references it later.

Fill in the blank: "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son _______________________."

"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:16-17)

When Satan tempted Jesus, Satan told Him to throw Himself down from what?

When Herod the Great enlarged the Temple courtyard, the southeast corner fell on the edge of a drop-off. From the top of the temple at that point to the ground was 100 feet—or about the height of a 10-story building.

What was the name of the man who climbed into a tree to see Jesus?

"And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way." (Luke 19:2—4)

Which prophet was known as "the voice of one crying in the wilderness?"

Ritual cleansing had been a part of Jewish culture beginning in the Old Testament book of Leviticus. The mikveh, Jewish ritual bath, had to hold at least 60 gallons of water and be deep enough to immerse the body in according to Rabbinical law. Archeologists have excavated several mikvehs.

When four men lowered their friend through the roof of a house to get him to Jesus, what did Jesus tell the man that upset the Pharisees?

"And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.." (Genesis 11:31)

How many Apostles did Jesus choose?

Twelve is a significant number in the Old and New Testament. In the Old Testament, Jacob gave birth to 12 sons whose descendants became the 12 tribes of Israel and altars were frequently built with12 stones.

In the parable of the sower, which seed hears the Word, understands It, and bears fruit?

"But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Mathew 13:23)

Which town was Jesus referring to when he said a prophet is rejected in his hometown?

Nazareth was located about three miles south of Sepphoris (the capital of Galilee). A primarily agricultural community, the population was only about 500 villagers.

Jesus used five loaves and two fishes to feed how many men?

"And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children." (Matthew 14: 20, 21)

Which Books belong to the Biblical Gospels?

The Greek word euaggelion (εὐαγγέλιον- pronounced yoo-ang-ghel'-ee-on) means "good news" and is frequently translated "Gospel." The first four books of the New Testament are called the "Gospels" because they tell about the life of Christ and his fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy.

Fill in the blank: "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, __________________."

"And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:15-16)

According to Matthew, which two prophets did Peter, James, and John see when Jesus was being transfigured?

Elijah was one of two prophets who did not die in the Old Testament. Elijah was taken to God in a chariot of fire, and Enoch walked with God and "was not, for God took him." Moses is considered the most important teacher and prophet in Judaism.

What did Herodias' daughter ask for after dancing before Herod?

"And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, 'I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.' And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her." (Mark 6: 25-26)

From which affliction was Bartimaeus healed?

Bartimaeus is one of the few people miraculously cured whose name the Bible records. At the time, the old city of Jericho that Joshua conquered was in ruins, but Herod built up a new city of Jericho next to it.

Finish the Lord's Prayer: " Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. __________________."

"And He said unto them, 'When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on​ earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'" (Luke 11: 2-4)

Which event in Jesus' life is celebrated on Palm Sunday?

All four gospels recorded the Triumphal entry into Jerusalem when Jesus was worshipped with palm branches as he approached the city on the back of a donkey. The religious leaders would have been bringing in the lamb for the Passover sacrifice around the same time.

Which Jewish holiday were Jesus and His disciples celebrating at the Last Supper?

"Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill Him; for they feared the people." (Luke 22:1-2)

Before he was an Apostle, what did Peter do for a living?

Fishing was an important part of the economy of Galilee. The sea of Galilee contains carp, tilapia, and sardines, which would have been dried and exported.

What were the names of Lazarus' sisters?

"And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him: but Mary sat still in the house." (John 11: 19-20)

Why did the Jewish leaders want to speed up the crucifixion?

​"The Jews, therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day (for that Sabbath day was a high day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs…" (John 19:31-33)

How many times did Peter deny that he knew Jesus on the night of Jesus' arrest?

Jesus predicted that Peter would deny knowing him. Because of his accent and the company he was with, he could not hide his association with Jesus.

"Blessed are those who mourn, __________________."

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 5:4-10)

On which day of the week did the women go to the tomb to prepare Jesus' body?

Although Jesus body was removed from the cross on the sixth day, it was only hurriedly prepared for burial because the Sabbath started at sundown. No one was permitted to work on the seventh day (the Sabbath, or our Saturday), which is why they waited until the next morning.

Jesus appeared (after His resurrection) to disciples walking on a road to where?

"And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus Himself drew near, and went with them." (Luke 24: 13-15)

What was the name of the Roman governor who released Jesus to be crucified?

Pontius Pilate governed Judea 26-36 A. D. Pilate was depicted as both cruel and corrupt by Josephus and Philo and was called back to Rome after massacring Samaritans.

What is the unforgivable sin?

"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come." (Matthew 12:31-32)

How many criminals were crucified with Jesus?

Romans only crucified the worst criminals, and it is likely the two men hung with Jesus had done more than just common robbery. Bodies of crucified criminals were not buried. Since Pilate allowed Joseph of Arimathea to bury Jesus, it shows that the ruler knew Jesus had not committed a crime worthy of his death.

At Jesus' baptism, the Spirit of God came on Him looking like which animal?

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, 'This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'" (Matthew 3: 16-17)

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