The Ultimate Bible Quiz


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The Bible is one of the oldest texts in the history of the world. How much do you know about this influential tome?

How many books are there in the Bible?

There are 66 books making up the Old and New Testaments.

What is the oldest book in the Bible?

It may have been written around 1500 B.C.E.

What does "the Bible" mean?

It's a collection of writings assembled into one text.

In the Book of Genesis, how long does Methuselah live?

That is a long time to be on Social Security.

About how many total authors contributed to the books of the Bible?

But we'll never know for sure exactly how many writers worked on it.

In what year did the first English-language translation of the Bible appear?

It was created by John Wycliffe, an English philosopher and scholar.

How many descriptions of the devil's physical appearance are there in the Bible?

The devil is described as a snake that tempts humankind.

Scholars generally agree that they've confirmed the identities of how many New Testament authors?

The only one they agree on is Paul; the others are all suspected to be pseudonyms.

Many scholars say the Gutenberg Bible is the oldest mechanically-printed book. When was it printed?

It was created in Germany by Johannes Gutenberg.

How many chapters make up the Bible?

For anyone, it's a heavy reading session.

A Christian group attaches Bibles to balloons and send them flying over which country?

The group has sent up tens of thousands of Bibles in the hopes of enlightening the oppressed North Koreans.

The Bible always portrays angels as what?

The popular artwork featuring child angels is inaccurate as far as the Bible is concerned.

What does the word "testament" mean?

It comes from the Greek word "diatheke."

Zondervan Publishing, from Michigan, is the world's largest publisher of Bibles. Zodervan is a division of which publishing company?

In addition to Hachette Livre, these are considered "The Big Four" of the publishing world.

The Old Testament was first written in which language?

The New Testament, however, was probably written in Greek.

The word "Lord" is the most common word in the Bible.

The word "Jehovah" is used three times as often as "Lord."

Why were Adam and Eve cast out of the Garden of Eden?

Casting them out was a preventative measure to keep them from partaking of the tree of life.

About how many handwritten copies of the Greek-language New Testament still exist?

There are many more in Latin.

What's the approximate word count of the modern English-language Bible?

That's more than 31,000 verses.

About how many years did it take to write the Bible?

It is an epic work passed through many generations.

How many books make up the New Testament?

The life and times of Jesus are the focal point of the New Testament scriptures.

The Bible has been at least partly translated into how many different languages?

There are roughly 7,000 languages in the world today; the Bible in its entirety has been translated into at least 500 languages.

According to Guinness World Records, roughly how many copies of the Bible have been sold?

Even if that number is way off, it's still a lot of books.

According to the Bible, who led the Israelites through the Red Sea, which was parted by God?

Moses wanted to save his people from the Egyptians.

In 2011, a team created a handwritten Bible, called the St. John's Bible (complete with colored illustrations), at what approximate cost?

The tome weighs 165 pounds and is about two feet tall.

What year was the first Bible published in America?

It was called the "Eliot Bible," and it was published at Harvard College.

In what language was the Eliot Bible published?

It was the Algonquin Indian language and meant to enlighten the natives about Christianity.

By word count, what's the longest book in the Bible?

At more than 33,000 words, it's significantly longer than Psalms, which often mistakenly receives credit for being longer.

When was the first English-language Bible finally printed in America?

Prior to this publishing it was just easier to ship them in from elsewhere.

By word count, what's the shortest book in the Bible?

It is only 219 words long.

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