Can You Answer These Easy-Peasy Bible Questions?

Beth Hendricks

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About This Quiz

Roughly 800,000 words. Approximately 1,200 chapters. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 31,000 verses. That's the numerical breakdown for the book that is a repeated best-seller over the years: the Bible. Whether you're Team NIV, Team NKJV or loyal to the old KJV text, there's no questioning that the Bible is full of some interesting and memorable stories. Build an ark and gather all the world's animals? Sure, why not! Talk to a burning bush and collect the Ten Commandments? Absolutely! Be thrown into a lion's den and emerge unscathed? Why not?! And, woven amongst all of these adventurous and entertaining stories are the promises of God to his people and instructions on how to live a more Christ-filled life.

Now, some people think the Bible is hard to read and understand ... and we get it. All those "begats," old-timey words and riddle-like parables can be challenging to get through. But, that's not why we're here. This quiz won't ask you to identify all of the plagues on Egypt in order (it's blood, frogs, lice, flies, livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and death of firstborn, if you're curious). Instead, we want to see if you're Sunday School ready. Can you tell us who inhabited the Garden of Eden? Why did Noah build the ark? See if you're up on your basic Bible info by answering the easy-peasy clues in this quiz. It'll make you feel as wise as King Solomon!

Someone had to be first. Who does the Bible identify as the first man?

Adam was the first man identified in the Bible as being an inhabitant of the Garden of Eden. Later, the first woman — Eve — joined him. The two managed pretty quickly to disobey the rules set forth for them.

The first man and woman lived in a beautiful place. What was it called?

The Garden of Eden is described in the Bible as being a beautiful place where all varieties of trees and wildlife were placed for Adam's enjoyment. Some experts believe that the Garden of Eden sat in what is modern-day Iraq or Armenia.

What was the name of the shepherd boy who took down the giant Goliath?

David's story is truly a tale of starting from the bottom and growing to be the most powerful leader – a king – during his lifetime. David was just a boy when he slayed Goliath using a slingshot and a stone.

How many of each kind of animal was taken aboard the ark?

The Bible tells us that Noah took two of every kind of animal aboard the ark. The thought, certainly, would be that two of each would allow the Earth to repopulate after the flood that they were able to escape.

What were the laws written on the famous stone tablets called?

Though we've often treated God's 10 laws as ideas or suggestions over the years, they were, in fact, commandments that the Israelites were commanded to live by. Like us, they failed at this more times than we can count.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but in what type of setting?

Given His lineage, you would expect someone who would later be called the King of the Jews to be born in a more opulent setting than a manger, but that's exactly what happened. There was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn, so they had to settle for the area where the livestock were.

What sign did God send after the flood to illustrate his promise to never flood the Earth again?

God used the sign of a rainbow in the sky to help remind people that he would never again flood the Earth as He had when Noah built the ark. That flood lasted for 40 days, during which time Noah and his family were safe aboard the ark.

Who found Moses when he was a baby floating down the river in a basket?

It was the Pharaoh's daughter who found baby Moses in the basket at the water's edge. She decided to take him in and care for him (with Moses' own mother's help) — a fortuitous decision for the Israelites later in life.

The world's most important "mom and dad." Which of these couples were Jesus' earthly parents?

Joseph and Mary were selected to be Jesus' earthly parents, with Mary tasked with the job of carrying the Son of God in her womb. Joseph, for his part, taught Jesus the carpentry business as he grew up.

We all pray for different things. What trait did Solomon pray to God for?

Solomon prayed to God for wisdom, specifically to be able to recognize the difference between good and evil, which pleased God and He granted. Solomon is considered to have been one of the wisest people to ever live.

Jesus' first recorded miracle in the Bible involved turning water into which of these substances?

The first recorded miracle in the Bible that Jesus performed was turning water into wine at a wedding. Most Bible scholars agree this is not the same type of wine we find on store shelves today.

He refused and then relented; Who was tasked with baptizing Jesus himself?

John the Baptist, also the first cousin of Jesus, was tasked with the responsibility of baptizing the Son of God. After at first declining, he eventually relented and performed Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River.

Which of Jesus' disciples betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver?

Judas is remembered for little else in the Bible, except the role he played in betraying Jesus which led to His crucifixion. At the end of everything, Judas netted only 30 pieces of silver for his betrayal.

Which of the books of the Bible is the last in the New Testament?

While a majority of the Bible looks back on the earthly ministry of Jesus and various other notable figures of the time, Revelation actually looks forward, explaining what will happen in the end times.

The Bible's most popular verse starts, "God so loved the __________ ..." What's missing?

John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the WORLD that he sent his Son to die for our sins. The Bible uses that word to convey the entire world, not just certain countries or certain types of people.

Jonah's disobedience landed him in hot water. What happened to him?

Sometimes God uses unusual circumstances to get our attention. That was certainly true for Jonah, who spent three days and three nights in the belly of a whale. This gave him plenty of time to think about his disobedience.

Jesus went through a period of fasting. How many days and nights did it last?

Jesus' 40 days of fasting also corresponded to His 40 days spent in the desert. While He was there, He endured numerous temptations — without wavering — from Satan, who eventually gave up.

That's a large party: Jesus fed 5,000 people with which combination of food?

You could call it a miracle: feeding 5,000 people with an ever-replenishing meal of five loaves and two fish. It's an illustration in the Bible of how God will provide even when it seems unlikely He can.

Which of these Biblical figures had a face-to-face encounter in a lion's den?

Most people wouldn't fare well being thrown into a lion's den. Daniel had divine protection, though, when the mouth of the lion was shut up by God himself. Daniel endured the den and emerged unscathed.

Genesis 1:1 tells us God spent the first day of creation crafting which of these?

It took God only a few days to pull all of creation together, but He had to start somewhere. The first day, the Bible tells us, was spent creating the heavens and the earth, which He would later populate with a variety of other things.

Which of these people was tasked with collecting the Ten Commandments?

Moses collected the Ten Commandments, written on stone tablets, from the top of Mount Sinai. He also probably broke them, in anger, when he descended from the mountain and saw what the Israelites had been doing in his absence. Oops.

What gesture was used when Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples?

Lots of gestures could have been used to signify Judas' betrayal of Jesus, but perhaps none was so intimate as a kiss. A kiss is typically reserved for those you love and admire.

What relation were Cain and Abel before things turned murderous between them?

Cain and Abel were the children of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. Their relationship deteriorated into murder when Cain killed Abel. Adam and Eve later had another son whom Eve considered a replacement for the child they lost.

"The Lord's Prayer" asks for the Lord to "give us this day our daily __________." What word is missing?

The Lord's Prayer appears in Matthew 6, offering advice on how to pray. The prayer asks for "daily bread," as well as forgiveness of our debts and to not be led into temptation.

Abraham and Sarah were both pretty old when they finally were given what?

Abraham and Sarah desperately wanted children but were getting on in years. Despite that, God promised to make Abraham the father of many nations; a promise kept when Isaac was born.

David is believed to have written the majority of which book of the Bible?

The Book of Psalms is a collection of songs and psalms, the majority of which are believed to have been written by David. That definitely fits with David's hobbies, which included being a musician and writing poetry.

The Bible ends with a one-word sentence. What word is it?

The last sentence in the final verse of the Bible concludes with the word "Amen." The word "Amen" means "so be it," an affirmation of everything said just prior to it being uttered.

It's quite a collection. What are the first four books of the New Testament called?

The first four books of the New Testament — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — are known collectively as "the Gospels." These books tell stories of Jesus in similar, but slightly different, ways.

He got way more done than we would've. How many days did it take God to create the universe?

The Bible tells us that God manufactured all of Creation in just six days. The Bible is quite specific about this, too, because it also tells us that He rested on the seventh day.

Other than "because God told him to," why did Noah construct the ark?

There was rain coming — enough, in fact, to flood the surface of the Earth. This, along with God's command, prompted Noah to build an ark big enough to protect his family and the animals they took onboard.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fire, but there was a fourth figure with them. Who was it?

Nebuchadnezzar was a bad dude, opting to throw Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the fire in an attempt, he thought, to kill them. What he never expected to find was a fourth figure in the fire, Jesus, and for the three Hebrew men to emerge unscathed.

Girl power! How many books of the Bible bear the name of a woman?

Out of the Bible's 66 books, only two bear the name of a woman: Ruth and Esther. It's believed that Samuel wrote the Book of Ruth, while the Book of Esther is sometimes attributed to her cousin, Mordecai.

Age before beauty: Which of these men was the oldest mentioned in the Bible?

Methuselah is well-known to be the oldest man — 969 years old — cited in the Bible. What's unusual is that little else is mentioned about him, and his death in the Bible is brief, saying only, "... and he died."

Joseph had something that made his brothers insanely jealous. What was it?

Joseph's coat of many colors, given to him by his father, Jacob, was a source of contention for his brothers. They saw the coat as favoritism by their father and a sign that Joseph would be the family leader, which they didn't appreciate.

How did Mary find out that she was pregnant with the Son of God?

Mary found out she would carry the Son of God in a vision from an angel. Think of it as a Godly pregnancy test. An angel later appeared to Joseph to explain the matter to him as well.

A name change to accompany an attitude change. What name did Saul receive?

Saul becoming Paul is a Biblical example of how we change once we become followers of Christ. With a new outlook on life, Saul left behind his old ways, and his old name, and became Paul.

Watch out, Delilah! Samson's strength was wrapped up in which of these?

Samson's strength, according to the Bible, was in his long, flowing locks. Delilah took note of this and, while Samson slept, had his hair cut off. This resulted in Samson losing his strength and being enslaved by his enemies.

Abraham was asked to demonstrate his faith by engaging in which of these acts?

Abraham very nearly sacrificed his own son, Isaac, the one he had been promised for many years at the instruction of God. God ultimately provided a ram, and Abraham's obedience was shown to be true.

Jesus' earthly father had his own business. What was his career field?

Joseph's given trade was as a carpenter, a skill he taught Jesus during his childhood and teenage years. Jesus took up the family business until his Earthly ministry started at around age 30.

When Jesus was on the cross, others were also being crucified. How many were there with Him?

The Bible tells us that two people were crucified with Jesus: one on His left and one on His right. Both were considered to be thieves, and one of the two asked Jesus to remember him when He got to Heaven.

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