Can You Match the Location to the Old Testament Story?

Tasha Moore

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About This Quiz

Welcome to a very special quiz that tests your knowledge of Old Testament locations. Give your best guesses on Bible whereabouts that are based on the story highlights provided. These place names are not the most recognizable, but most stories filtered here are about the children of Israel ... their wins, losses and relationships with the territories they occupied. Familiar Old Testament personae, like Joshua, Moses and Saul, make quite a few appearances on this exam.

You need not go any further than the Old Testament to get your fill of thrills and mystery. Old Testament stories are loaded with shocking beginnings and surprise endings. If nothing else, this quiz will remind you of the epic tales you never expected to see in the holy book. You probably remember the brimstone-and-fire ordeal at Sodom and Gomorrah, but does the massacre at Michmash ring a bell? Israelite warriors shocked the Philistines so thoroughly at this location that the mighty Philistines started slaughtering each other!

You'll find that story and more in this quiz of Old Testament intrigue. Grab some popcorn and enjoy these sacred storylines!

God planted a garden in this place and then came Adam and Eve. Where is this Old Testament location?

God was pleased with His creation of heaven and Earth, but there was no man to till the ground where He had rooted every plant. From the dust He formed man and breathed life into his nostrils, and man became a living soul.

Terah, the father of Abram, emigrated there from Ur of the Chaldeans with is family. Can you name the location?

God told Abram to move from his father's house to a land that He would show him. Abram obeyed and gathered his wife, his brother's son and all the things they had collected in Haran, and they journeyed to Canaan.

In this place, God promised Abram that the land would belong to his descendants forever. What is the name of this Old Testament location?

Abram and his nephew Lot journeyed while acquiring great wealth, and they could not dwell together. Abram suggested that they should separate, so Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom, and Abram settled in Mamre.

God rained brimstone and fire upon these cities and overthrew its inhabitants. Can you identify the name of these cities?

Sodom and Gomorrah grew to be very sinful places, which God despised. Because of Abraham's plea, He spared Lot, his wife and two daughters from destruction. As they departed, they were told not to look back, but Lot's wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.

During her stay in this location, Naomi's husband and two sons died. What is this place of the Old Testament?

Due to a famine in the land of Judah, Elimelech took his wife Naomi and their two sons and they journeyed to the land of Moab. After Elimelech and her sons died, Naomi decided that she would return to Judah.

A battle ensued at this place where Joshua prayed for the sun to stand still until his enemy was destroyed. Can you identify this location?

The Valley of Aijalon was a city of Dan that was allotted to the Levite sons of Kohath. There, Joshua declared, "Sun stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou moon, in the valley of Aijalon."

God first commissioned Moses to lead his people out of Egypt when Moses was at this place. Can you identify the name of this location?

The third month after the Israelites left Egypt, the people came into the wilderness of Sinai and they settled near the mountain. There, God spoke to Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments.

This area was part of the original territory of the Amalekites, who were driven off the land. What is the name of this Old Testament location?

God spoke to Moses as he came closer to the land of Canaan and told him to send men to spy the land. Negev was the desert region lying to the south of Judea.

Before he died, Joshua called the entire nation there to remind them that God had given them their land. What is the name of this location?

Shechem was one of the chief cities of the Canaanites. It was a city in the hill country of Ephraim near the south border of Manasseh. The land was free from war while Joshua was alive.

Canaan, the son of Ham, and his descendants occupied this land before the Israelites possessed it. Can you identify the name of this land?

God called Abram out from the godless location of Haran and instructed him to move to a fertile region called Canaan. The land of Canaan was a central location during much of Israel's history.

This place was called Ephrath during Jacob's time. The name was changed after Canaan was taken over. Can you identify this location?

After the conquest of Canaan, the land was called Bethlehem-judah. Bethlehem was a town five miles southwest of Jerusalem.

Moses and Aaron rebelled against the word of God, and at this location God told Aaron not to proceed to the Promised Land. What is the name of this location?

Aaron was stripped of his priestly garments, and Eleazar, his son, was made priest. Aaron passed away at the top of Mount Hor.

This place was once called "Luz." At first it was an important place of worship, but later it became a place for idol worship. Can you identify the name of this location?

Jacob fled to Bethel from his brother Esau who sought to kill him. While there, Joshua dreamt of a ladder grounded from the Earth that reached to heaven where the angels of God ascended and descended it. God stood above the ladder and spoke to Jacob promising to give him the land on which he was sleeping.

In the Old Testament, it's the only large body of water in Palestine and it plays a crucial part in the history of Israel. Can you name this place?

Joshua prepared Israel to cross the Jordan River after spies returned from Jericho with a good report. As priests carried the ark through the Jordan River, the water stopped flowing. The nation of Israel traversed dry ground into the Promised Land.

God instructed Joshua to inform Israel about securing this location after Joshua had entered the Promised Land. What is the name of the intended location?

The cities of refuge were put under Levite control. Six cities were scattered throughout the land. The designated cities east of the Jordan River were Bezer in the tribe of Benjamin, Golan in Manasseh, and Ramoth-Gilead in the tribe of Gad. West of the Jordan were Shechem in Ephraim, Kedesh in the tribe of Naphtali, and Hebron in Judah.

God promised Joshua this city, which was built thousands of years before Joshua was born, and it was one of the oldest cities in the world. What is the name of this city?

The Canaanites perceived Jericho, which was a symbol of military might, as invincible. Although the city had been fortified with walls nearly 25 feet high and 20 feet dense, God told Joshua that He had given him the city. Joshua was instructed to circle the city once, and to do this for six days.

Rather than settling in the Promised Land, the "Transjordan" tribes of Israel, Gad and Reuben, preferred to settle here. What is the name of this Old Testament location?

Joshua granted permission to the tribes of Gad and Reuben to remain in Gilead. The two tribes possessed large numbers of livestock for which the land of Gilead was suitable.

It was a city in Ephraim, twelve miles northeast of Bethel where the tabernacle was maintained from the days of Joshua to the time of Samuel. What is the name of this Old Testament location?

Shiloh was the center of Israel's worship. It was where both the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant resided.

The ark remained at this place for twenty years. What is the name of this location?

After the Philistines had secured the ark upon defeating the Israelites at Ebenezer, God sent plagues to each Philistine city where the ark had visited. Ultimately, the Philistines sent the ark back to Kiriath-jearim in Israel.

Saul was chosen to be Israel's first king, at this location. What is the name of this Old Testament place?

Samuel called Israelites together at Mizpah and pleaded that they pray and fast in regret for their transgressions. Such a gathering was a tempting target for the Philistines, who advanced upon them for an ambush. But God prevented a Philistine victory, and the Israelites defeated the Philistines.

Abraham planted a grove in this place. Abraham and King Abimelech squabbled about it. What is the name of this Old Testament location?

Abraham and King Abimelech argued about the well at Beersheba. Abraham was upset with Abimelech because one of Abimelech's servants had violently taken the well.

Following the conquest of Jericho, Joshua ordered men to view this country. The men reported that the place was so small only three hundred men would be needed to defeat its occupants. What is the name of this small country?

Achan, from the tribe of Judah, had kept "cursed things" from the Jericho victory, which angered God. The Lord then allowed thirty-six Ai men to defeat Joshua's army of three hundred men.

David remained in this place for one year and four months. Saul did not pursue him as long as he was with the Philistines. Where was David?

David grew tired of running from King Saul, and he sought refuge in the land of the Philistines. David convinced King Achish to provide him sanctuary, and the king gave David Ziklag.

David defeated Goliath with a sling and a stone at this place. Can you identify the name?

The Valley of Elah separated Israel, who stood on a mountain on one side, and the Philistines, who were positioned on a mountain at the opposite side. The towering Goliath, a victor of the Philistines, challenged the Israelites to a battle.

The Philistines defeated the Israelites at this place, while David pretended to be loyal to King Achish. What is the name of this location?

King Saul and his sons Malchi-shua, Jonathan and Abinadab died at Mount Gilboa. This mount was a row of arid hills on the eastern side of the Plain of Esdraelon.

This Old Testament location was one of the five chief cities of the Philistines. It was the center where the Philistines worshiped Dagon, the fish-god. What is the name of this location?

The Israelites camped near Ebenezer to confront the Philistines in battle, but the Philistines overwhelmed Israel by killing approximately four thousand of their men. The elders of Israel agreed to transport the Ark of the Covenant from Shiloh and bring it to the battleground so that they might gain victory.

During King Saul's reign, a notable battle between the Philistines and Israel occurred at this place, which was located in the tribe of Benjamin approximately eight miles northeast of Jerusalem. Can you correctly identify this Old Testament location?

Michmash was positioned along the route which connected Bethel and Ai eastward down to Jericho. Saul's son Jonathan left the camp at Gibeah and, with his armor bearer, surprised the Philistines, who were so startled that they started killing each other.

After the ten northern tribes withdrew from under Rehoboam's tyrannical rule, a kingdom at this location began. What is the name of this place?

Rehoboam was Solomon's son, and under his rulership, the Kingdom of Israel split into two parts: the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom. Only the Israel tribes of Benjamin and Judah remained loyal to Rehoboam, and these two tribes comprised Israel's southern kingdom.

Jeroboam set up his own worship center at this place because he was insecure about the loyalty of his people who had worshiped elsewhere. What is the name of the site for Jeroboam's worship center?

Solomon had built a temple located in Jerusalem, which was the center of worship for the Jews. Jeroboam, who was the king of northern Israel, was deeply concerned that his people would not remain loyal to him if they worshiped in Jerusalem, which was also Judah's capital city.

Omri purchased a hill on which he built this place after he became king. What is the name of this Old Testament location?

The Old Testament gives riveting accounts of how the northern kingdom gained and lost kings through warfare, plots and assassinations. King Omri's Samaria spanned from Dan to Bethel, and from Ammon and Syria to the Mediterranean.

King Ahab and his wife, Queen Jezebel, worshipped the idol god Baal in this place. What is the name of this location?

Prophet Elijah's mission was to prove to King Ahab that the only Lord is God. After Elijah had achieved his mission, he killed all false prophets there.

During the time that Saul was to be elected as king, this place was his home. What is the name of this place?

While Saul lived in Gibeah, Samuel called the people to gather at Mizpah so that a king could be chosen. Saul, the son of Kish, was chosen

God took the kingdom of Israel away from Saul in this place. What is the name of this Old Testament location?

The Israelites hid themselves from Philistines near rocks and thickets and in caves. Some Israelites traveled to Gilead and Gad; however, Saul remained in Gilgal and waited for Samuel. When Samuel delayed coming, Saul offered up a burnt sacrifice, which was an act that angered God because Saul was not a priest.

The Israelites wanted to travel through this place, but the king refused them passage. What is the name of this Old Testament location?

The Israelites traveled around Edom and became very discouraged. The people complained and God sent poisonous serpents to punish them. Only by looking at a bronze serpent on a pole could those who were bitten be healed.

God commanded the prophet Jonah to go to this place and warn the people that they would receive judgment if they didn't repent. Where did God tell Jonah to go?

The first chapter of the Old Testament book of Jonah at the first through second verses records God's command to Jonah. Nineveh became the capital of the Assyrian empire. According to the Bible, Nineveh was a powerful and wicked city.

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