Can We Guess If You've Ever Read the Bible?

By: Elisabeth Henderson
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Can We Guess If You've Ever Read the Bible?
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About This Quiz

Whether or not you’re a Christian, there’s no denying that the Bible has been one of the most influential books of all time. The Bible has been the fulcrum of Western Civilization. How does the Bible permeate the culture? The words, ideas, phrases, metaphors, and ways of understanding what it means to be human that originate in the Bible have historically shaped our language, arts, government and so much more.

The Bible is also recognized as valuable literature in its own right. Universities commonly have “Bible as Literature” courses, dedicated to exploring the literary complexities present in the 66 books. The Bible has existed as a recognized canon since the 3rd century. With genres ranging from historical narrative, poetry, prophecy, law, letters and romances, this collection of ancient books provides as valuable a glimpse into the human experience as any literature available to us. 

Of course, many people don’t read the Bible only as literature or to understand our culture, but to hear the word of God spoken to them. Many people have the Bible imprinted on their minds from a young age, memorizing verses at church and home until they couldn’t forget it if they tried. Regardless of why or how you approach the Bible, it remains a powerful text; and people use this power all the time, quoting the Bible right and left to serve their purposes. Do you know the book well enough to know if they’re taking it out of context or offering a false interpretation? Take this quiz to find out whether you’ve got the Bible memorized, or if you’re getting duped by those Bible quotations!

What are the two main divisions of the Bible?
The Old and New Testament
The Law and the Prophets
The Law and the Gospels
First and Second

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What does John say will happen to anyone who takes away words from the book of Revelation?
God will take away their share in the tree of life.
God will admonish then forgive them.
God will punish them!
They’ll start churches.

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What is John’s expressed purpose in writing the book of John?
That you may believe that Jesus Christ is the Mesiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
To spread the gospel
To make disciples of Christ
Who is John?

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Who wrote the first 5 books of the Bible?
There are likely multiple authors.
Moses
God
Jewish people

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What does the Bible say about how the world was created?
The Bible gives us a story of creation, but that story is not supposed to be a scientific account.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God made the world in 7 days.
The Bible tells a fable about how the world is made, which people believe instead of science.

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What would happen if all the acts of Jesus were written down, according to John?
The world could not contain the books that would be written.
It would take many more books.
They are all written down.
Jesus was not real, so he didn’t have any acts to write down.

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What kind of advice did Job’s friends give him after he lost everything?
Bad advice. They told him he brought all this on himself.
Good advice. They told him to turn to God for comfort.
Good advice. They told him he brought all this on himself.
Who is Job?

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Which gospel is not considered a synoptic gospel?
John
Matthew
They are all synoptic.
Huh?

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What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
Jesus wept.
Jesus prayed.
Jesus preached.
Jesus ate.

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Who is Saul?
Saul was King of Israel before David. Also the name of Paul before he met Jesus.
Paul, before he met Jesus.
Paul, before he met Jesus, the most important writer in the New Testament.
Sounds like a Bible name.

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What was the purpose of the whale in Jonah?
To rescue Jonah from his foolish ways and set him on the right path.
To rescue Jonah.
To punish Jonah and turn him around.
To add some drama to the story.

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What may surprise some about Jesus’ genealogy?
There is a prostitute and adulterers included.
Its length
That he’s the Son of God.
That it’s not real.

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What is the longest psalm?
Psalm 119
Psalm 73
Psalm 23
Is that spelled correctly?

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What is the book of Leviticus about?
It specifies how the priests should present offerings, and how the people should act around the temple.
It’s about the law.
God’s love.
Something before the time of Christ

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What was the fault that got Daniel thrown in the lion’s den?
He continued to pray to God, against King Darius’ decree.
He refused to bow down to the King.
He would not worship King Nebuchadnezzar.
Yikes! Was he ok?

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Which king saw the "writing on the wall?"
Belshazzar
Nebuchadnezzar
Saul
Darius

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What is the context for the beatitudes?
The Sermon on the Mount
The Book of Matthew
Blessed are you...
The Bible

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In which gospel does Jesus say, “My kingdom is not of this world”?
John
Matthew
Mark
Jesus

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What is the essence of the law and the prophets?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.
God is love.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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What does the book of Ecclesiastes say about everything that is done under the sun?
All is vanity and striving after wind.
Everything good comes from God.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
No telling.

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On what island did Paul encounter vipers?
Malta
Patmos
The island doesn’t matter, just that God saved him from the vipers.
How would we know if he actually encountered vipers, or if this is just a legend?

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What did God do for Adam and Eve before he expelled them from Eden?
God clothed them with animal skins to comfort them in their nakedness.
God cursed them with death and suffering.
God told them Jesus would save them.
You know this isn’t real, right?

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What does the Old Testament say about hell?
The Old Testament doesn’t speak about hell.
It says hell is an underworld.
It’s a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
It’s where all the non-believers are going to go burn.

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How are people saved?
By faithfully awaiting the return of Jesus.
By faith alone.
By making a profession of faith.
By living a good life of caring for others.

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In which gospel does Jesus repeatedly tell people not to tell others about him?
Mark
Matthew
Jesus tells us to spread the good news about him.
That seems strange.

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What were language were the gospels written in?
Koine Greek
Greek
Aramaic
Latin

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What’s the moral of the story of Ananias and Sapphrya, who lied and were struck dead by God?
This story reinforced the communalist aims of the early church.
They were?
You should always be faithful to God.
It’s a threat to induce fear to keep people following the status quo.

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Why did the disciples speak in different languages in the story of Pentecost?
It resolves the story of the confusion of languages from the Tower of Babel narrative.
The Holy Spirit came upon them.
Because we are given the gift of tongues by the Holy Spirit.
Say what now?

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What is faith?
The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
The sense that God will provide for you.
Belief in God
The opiate of the people

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What are Joseph’s (the father of Jesus) most famous words?
The Bible doesn’t record any words for Joseph.
I will stay by your side.
Believe in the Holy Spirit.
He’s not my son.

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