Can You Ace This Bible Literacy Quiz?

By: Tasha Moore
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Can You Ace This Bible Literacy Quiz?
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About This Quiz

Are you ready for a Bible review? It's time to check up on your level of holy wisdom with this test. This is an Old Testament-heavy demonstration, so Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will have to sit this one out. Or will they?  You never know where these facts are coming from, but one thing is for sure, it's all about the details.

Need a quick mental stretch before the main game? How many books in the Bible begin with the letter "d"? What was the Apostle Paul's name before his conversion? Who authored the book of Genesis?  See how easy that was? Now you're ready for the hard stuff: How many days were there during the Pentecost? Which prophet predicted the Pentecost in the Old Testament? You'll need to scroll on to get those answers and more.

The New Testament book of Acts makes several appearances here, so brush up on your post-Ascension specifics to boost your score. Numbers come up a lot ... no, not the book of Numbers in the Old Testament ... numbers as in 1, 2, 3 digits. Whole numbers with two or more zeros are always the best guess. 

With all that out of the way, you should definitely be ready to take on this Bible literacy quiz. Go forth and score big!

Moses lived to be how many years old before he passed away?
An hundred and twenty years
The thirty-fourth chapter in the book of Deuteronomy explains that when Moses died, he was in good health: "[H]is eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated." The eighth verse in the chapter states that the children of Israel mourned Moses's death for thirty days.
Twenty-four years
Thirty-seven years
Sixty-five years

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What is the last word in the book of Jude?
Jesus
Amen
Jude is often referred to as the brother of Jesus. In the book of Jude, he wrote to Jewish and Gentile Christians.
Pray
Thine

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Where did Moses die?
At Pharaoh's home
In the land of Moab
The thirty-fourth chapter of the book of Deuteronomy at the fifth verse states: "So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD." Moses was buried "in a valley in the land of Moab," as well.
In an ark of bulrushes
In Greece

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In the book of Mark, after Pilate scourged Jesus to be crucified, Jesus was led into a hall, which was called what?
A praetorium
The fifteenth chapter of the book of Mark at the sixteenth verse explains what happened immediately after Jesus' sentencing: "And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band." The word "praetorium" is of Latin origin and means "courtroom of the governor" or "judgement hall."
A back entrance
A playground
A washroom

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Who was David's best friend?
Hosea
Jesus
Jonathan
The eighteenth chapter of the book of first Samuel describes how close David and Jonathan were. The first verse of the chapter highlights a mutual love shared between them: "And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David and Jonathan loved him as his own soul."
Nobah

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In the book of Revelation chapter 11, how many men were slain due to the earthquake before the remnant gave glory to God?
Seven
7,000
The eleventh chapter of the book of Revelation recounts the details of the "great earthquake." The thirteenth verse confirms the number of men that were slain: "[A]nd in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven."
17
32

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In the book of Acts, what was the condition of Aeneas before Peter healed him?
He suffered a stroke.
He was sick of the palsy.
The book of Acts details how Aeneas was restricted to the confines of his bed for eight years. At his healing, Peter the Apostle said, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed." Aeneas "arose immediately" thereafter.
He broke his ankle.
He suffered heart disease.

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According to the book of Acts, on the island of Melita what animal came out of the "heat and fastened on [Paul's] hand"?
A tiger
A viper
Before he began preaching about salvation through Jesus Christ, Paul's name was Saul and he persecuted the early Christians. He was especially cruel to the remaining disciples.
A possum
A sea lion

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In the book of Acts, what is the name of the street that God (in a vision) told Ananias to go to?
Babylon
Straight
The ninth chapter in the book of Acts at the eleventh verse explains Ananias's experience: "And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight." There, Ananias was to inquire of "Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth."
Sinai
Ephesus

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Where was Paul when he wrote the Epistle to the Ephesians?
Inside an ark on the Sea of Galilee
On Mount Sinai
On the isle of Patmos
In prison
Paul was legally confined to his home in Rome for preaching about Jesus Christ. In the third chapter of the book of Ephesians at the first verse, Paul confesses his predicament, saying, "[f]or this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles."

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In which New Testament book can you find the following quote: "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain..."?
Acts
Daniel
Matthew
The seventeenth chapter of the book of Matthew emphasizes the power of faith. In the chapter, Jesus promises: "Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
Revelation

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In the book of Acts in chapter 12, what killed Herod?
Strangulation
Three daggers to the heart
He was eaten of worms.
God punished Herod for his pridefulness. He was eaten alive from the inside out by worms.
A swarm of bees

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In the book of first Timothy, who was given up to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme?
Fortunatus
Rakkon
Eker
Hymenaeus
Hymenaeus was considered an adversary of the early Christian church. The Apostle Paul requested that Hymenaeus be "delivered unto Satan"

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On the day of Pentecost, how many people became believers?
Seventy-three souls
One hundred souls
Three thousand souls
On the day of Pentecost, Peter's sermon inspired many to believe in his words. The forty-first verse of the second chapter in the books of Acts reports how "they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."
Three hundred and twenty souls

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In the book of Acts, how did Herod kill James, the brother of John?
With a sword
The twelfth chapter of the book of Acts explains how Herod "stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church." In the second verse, Herod kills "James the brother of John with the sword."
With a dagger
With a rope
With his bare hands

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Who authored the book of Deuteronomy?
Joshua
Jacob
Moses
The thirty-first chapter of the book of Deuteronomy at the twenty-fourth verse confirms the books authorship: "Moses finished writing the words of this law in a book until they were complete." Deuteronomy is sometimes referred to as a book of remembrance.
Abraham

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What did Paul advise Timothy to do to help soothe Timothy's frequent infirmities?
Exercise
Eat locusts and honey
Drink wine
In the book of first Timothy in the fifth chapter, Paul tells Timothy to "use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." During the days of the early church, Paul the Apostle was concerned with all aspects of Christian life, the spiritual as well as the physical.
Stretch his limbs

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What was the price of the scrolls burned in Ephesus, according to the book of Acts?
Seventeen dollars
Fifty thousand pieces of silver
The nineteenth chapter of the book of Acts describes Ephesus as a place of "curious arts." Ephesus was a hub of occult practices.
Three years of labor
The blood of a ram

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In the book of Deuteronomy, it states that slaves should be set free, when?
Immediately
When the slave escapes
At the end of every seven years
The Israelites were to release their slaves precisely at the seventh year. The fifteenth chapter and twelfth verse in the book of Deuteronomy confirms the law exactly: "And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee."
Never

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In the second chapter of Galatians, why did Paul rebuke Peter?
For living after the manner of Gentiles
In the second chapter of the book of Galatians, Paul observes that the Gentiles "walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel." He then admonishes Peter: "If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?"
For worshipping idols
For wearing sandals
For eating red meat

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Who did Moses appoint to lead the Israelites?
Joshua
Because Moses had been disobedient, God instructed him to appoint Joshua to lead the Israelites. God was not going to allow Moses to cross over into the Promised Land.
Aaron
Peter
Nicodemus

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In the book of Acts, how many men conspired not to eat or drink until they killed Paul?
Less than three
More than forty
The twenty-third chapter in the book of Acts confirms the number of men who conspired to kill Paul: "[F]or there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men." The twenty-first verse goes on to state how the men "bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him."
Two
Eight hundred

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Joseph of Arimathaea, the man who removed Jesus from the cross after he was crucified, was what profession?
Tentmaker
Innkeeper
Honorable counselor
The fifteenth chapter of the book of Mark at the forty-third verse confirms Joseph of Arimathaea's title as honorable counselor. He pleaded with Pontius Pilate for Jesus's body after the crucifixion took place.
Shepherd

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Who arrested Paul during the riot in Jerusalem?
Pontius Pilate
Claudius Lysias
The twenty-forth chapter of the book of Acts states that Lysias was a "chief captain." Lysias is described as having used "great violence" when arresting Paul.
Judas Iscariot
Jude Thaddeus

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In Romans chapter fifteen, twenty-fourth verse, where did Paul want to venture off to?
Spain
Paul was speaking to the Romans when he wrote, "Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you for I trust to see you in my journey." When Paul wrote of his desire to travel off to Spain, he was a prisoner.
Italy
Iceland
The Americas

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What is the name of the high priest who incriminates Jesus before he is ultimately crucified?
Caiaphas
The twenty-eighth verse of the book of John in the eighteenth chapter explains the incrimination of Christ: "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover." According to Jewish law, a Jew entering the house of a Gentile would cause the Jewish person to be ceremonially defiled.
Pontius Pilate
Herod
Barnabas

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In the ninth chapter of the book of Acts, where did Peter heal Aeneas?
Bethlehem
Lydda
The ninth chapter in the book of Acts recounts Aeneas's miracle that Peter performed in the name of Jesus Christ. The thirty-second verse confirms the place where it all occurred: "And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda."
Egypt
Greece

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What does the word "Deuteronomy" mean?
Do unto the Lord
Two journeys
Second Law
The thirty-first chapter of the book of Deuteronomy states: "And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi." In the Hebrew language, "Deuteronomy" is interpreted as "Second Word."
The last promise

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Barnabas was of which Israelite tribe?
Levi
Barnabas was a devoted convert in the early Christian church. The fourth chapter of the book of Acts states that he "was a respected leader of the church. He was a Levite by birth, a member of the Jewish tribe that carried out temple duties."
Judah
Asher
Gad

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Where did Joseph and Mary take baby Jesus after an angel instructed them to take him to a new place?
Jerusalem
Rome
Egypt
The first few chapters in the book of Matthew details Joseph and Mary's ordeal during and immediately after the birth of Jesus. The fourteenth verse in the second chapter of the book states how Joseph "took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt."
Bethlehem

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The third chapter of the book of Titus states that Zenas was what profession?
An accountant
A healer
A tax collector
A lawyer
In the thirteenth chapter of the book of Titus, Zenas is described as "the lawyer." Zenas was also referred to as "Zenodoros."

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At what location did the three wise men meet baby Jesus for the first time?
A courtyard
An inn
A barn
A house
The three wise men sought Jesus after witnessing "his star in the east." The second chapter of the book of Matthew recounts that "when they were come into the house," the three wise men "fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

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What is the name of the prophet mentioned in Acts who predicted what would happen on the day of Pentecost?
Isaiah
Elijah
Joel
The book of Joel is found in the Old Testament. The second chapter at the twenty-eighth verse details the Pentecost prophecy: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions."
Jeremiah

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How many verses are there in the first chapter of the book of second Thessalonians?
Six
Twenty-one
Eleven
Twelve
The Apostle Paul introduces himself and his two companions at the time in the first verse in the book of second Thessalonians: "Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Paul authored the first and second epistles to the church at Thessalonica.

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According to the book of Deuteronomy, who "remained of the remnant of giants"?
Goliath the Philistine
Samson the Nazarite
David king of Israel
Og king of Bashan
Og's defeat among the fallen giants is a tale that eliminates the notion of invincibility. Og king of Bashan had been a fierce contender.

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