The Bible is a sacred text that incorporates the history of the Jewish people and the history of the early Christian church. With over 5 billion Bibles in print, it's the most popular book in the world. That means a lot of us have read this book and some of us know it really well. It's no wonder that a such a popular book would be influential in literature, art, cinema and popular culture.
For example, if you've ever watched "Pulp Fiction", you know the famous quote that Samuel L. Jackson's character, Jules Winnfield, angrily delivers in an electrifying moment in the movie. Allegedly, it's a verse from the Book of Ezekiel (25:17). But it's more of a reimagining of that verse, plus a little of the Psalms and a little of Genesis.
For those who believe, and even for those who don't, there are some common stories that most of us know: Daniel in the lion's den, the parting of the Red Sea, the rainbow that Noah sees after the flood, the Tower of Babel, Joseph and his coat of many colors and the Christmas story.
There are also some common quotes that people have used as inspiration--or mangled quotes in iconic movies!
So are you ready to test your biblical knowledge? We hope you enjoy this quiz, line upon line, here a little, there a little...
The verse ends like this "...that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." It's probably the most popular Bible verse.
The verse is 1 Corinthian 13:13. This chapter is known as the "Love Chapter," because Paul the Apostle talks about divine love. You've probably heard this part of the passage at many weddings.
Psalm 23 is probably one of the most famous Psalms. This particular one is attributed to David, one of the famous kings of Israel.
Exodus 20:3-17 lays out the 10 Commandments. These were given to Moses on Mount Sinai after he lead the Israelites out of Egypt after being slaves for over 400 years.
This is from Ephesians 6:11. It's part of a larger passage that talks about the armor of God.
The Prayer of Jabez is in 1 Chronicles 4:10. His brief story and prayer are in the middle of a long genealogy of the descendants of Judah.
This is part of what is known as the "Faith Chapter," Hebrews 11 (verse 6), where the writer talks about the heroes of faith. This chapter is also known as the Faith Hall of Fame. The rest of verse: "...because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."
This verse comes from Proverbs 18:10. The Book of Proverbs has a lot of pithy sayings and aphorisms.
The exact verse is Matthew 6:24. Here is the whole verse: "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." This is a part of the famous Sermon on the Mount, which is Jesus' longest sermon.
Philippians 4:13 is the exact citation. Philippians is a letter from Paul the Apostle to the church at Philippi.
The exact citation is Romans 8:28. Here is the whole verse: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Matthew 11:28 is a part of a passage where Jesus talks about coming to him for rest, and here's the rest of the passage: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
1 Peter 5:7 is near the end of the letter that Peter, one of the original 12 disciples of Jesus, wrote to Christian exiles scattered across Greece and what is now Turkey. In Chapter 5 is exhorting and encouraging church leaders in their work.
Mark 10:27 is a reply Jesus gave to his disciples. Before, Jesus was conversing with a rich person asking about what it takes to earn eternal life.
This passage in the Gospel of John, in chapter 14, and Jesus is talking to his disciples. This specific passage is about Jesus' connection to God.
Proverbs 17:17 is the verse. It's another pithy saying from the Book of Proverbs.
This quote is from 2 Timothy 1:7. 2 Timothy is another letter that Paul wrote to Timothy. Timothy was a leader in the church in Ephesus and he could be considered as a protege of Paul's.
This verse in the Gospel of John is where Jesus is talking about his relationship with them. This is before Jesus would be arrested and crucified.
The Epistle (meaning letter) of James is written by the brother of Jesus. It starts off with this verse (James 1:2) which is addressed to "the twelve tribes scattered among the nations" (i.e., Jewish Christians).
This verse, Hebrews 11:1, is the start of the famous "Faith Chapter." It lists these biblical heroes, starting with Abel.
This verse is from the Book of Isaiah 26. This verse is in a song of praise.
This verse is Genesis 1:3, which is from the first book and the first chapter of the Bible. This is a key moment in the creation origin story, where the formless earth was given light.
This verse is in 1 Corinthians 15: 55. This letter is from Paul the Apostle, who is addressing the church in Corinth.
Proverbs 17:22 is the verse. It's another pithy saying from the Book of Proverbs.
Matthew 16:26 is situated in a conversation Jesus is having with his disciples. Jesus is predicting his death and discussing the cost of following him.
This verse is Luke 23:34. As he was being crucified, Jesus prayed this to God on behalf of those who were killing him.
This is Matthew 6:8, one of the eight Beatitudes. This is also a part of the larger Sermon on the Mount that Jesus preached, one of his longer sermons.
This verse is near the end of 2 Samuel 1. David had heard that King Saul and his close friend, Jonathan, had died. This is part of a lament over their deaths.
The verse is Psalm 118:24. This verse is also a song that people sing in churches even today.
This verse is Ecclesiastes 3:1. It's the beginning of a very famous passage. And it's what The Byrds made into a song.
This verse is Matthew 4:4. The greater context of the chapter is when Jesus was tempted by Satan for 40 days. Jesus is quoting from the book of Deuteronomy.
This is from Matthew 6:12. The prayer starts in verse 9 and is one of the most popular ones.
This verse is Matthew 8:7. Jesus said this because he was asked by the teachers of the law and the Pharisees about a woman who committed adultery. He later told her that he didn't condemn her and that she should stop living her life in sin.
This verse is John 1:1. The beginning of the Gospel of John is a departure from the other gospels. This is another telling of the creation story.
This verse is John 13:34. Jesus is talking with his disciples and this is right before he predicts that Peter will deny knowing him three times.