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Can You Name the Disciple From Three Clues?
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About This Quiz
He walked on water. He turned water into wine. All Christians rejoice that he is the Son of God. Guess who it is? Of course, Jesus is the answer! This quiz follows a similar question-and-answer format. Be prepared to receive several clues from which you must guess the correct disciple, in this case. The clues contain familiar and not-so-familiar Bible facts. Here are a few hints to help you along: All of the answers are names of figures from the New Testament. Some of the answers are names of men who were not among the original 12 apostles but became apostles of Christ after Jesus' Ascension.
Most people know all too well that there were always 12 apostles or disciples, but not all of the apostles are given equal shine in the Bible. Can you name all 12 apostles? As a bit of a warm-up, review this stingy list of the more prominent disciples: Judas betrayed Jesus, Thomas doubted Jesus' Resurrection, and Matthew was a tax collector. Who are Bartholomew, Matthias, and Thaddaeus? What were their relationships with Jesus like? You'll find out the answers to these questions and more in this quiz that everyone who loves the Bible should take. It's now your turn to test your apostle ID'ing skills!
This disciple walked on water, was a fisherman, and was the brother of Andrew. Can you name the disciple?
According to Chapter 14 of the book of Matthew, Simon Peter was able walk on water toward Jesus after Jesus bid him to come. Simon Peter became afraid, however, when he saw a boisterous wind and he began to sink.
Simon Peter was his brother. He was a fisherman by trade. He had followed the teachings of John the Baptist. Can you identify the disciple?
According to the fourth chapter of the book of Matthew, Jesus professed to Andrew and his brother, Simon Peter, that he would make them "fishers of men." Jesus uttered this after seeing the brothers "casting a net into the sea."
"Herod the King" killed him. John the Apostle was his younger brother. Zebedee was his father. Can you name the disciple?
In the 12th chapter of the book of Acts, "Herod the King" is described as stretching forth his hands "to vex the church." Herod's killing of James subsequently "pleased the Jews."
He is a New Testament author. He and three other disciples asked Jesus about the last days. Jesus nicknamed him and his brother "Boanerges." Can you name the disciple from these clues?
In the third chapter of Mark, Jesus refers to John and his brother James as "Boanerges," which means "sons of thunder." In the thirteenth chapter of Mark, James, Peter and Andrew also asked Jesus about what things to expect during the last days.
He was also known as "Iscariot." He betrayed the Son of God. He hanged himself. Can you name the disciple from these three clues?
The 27th chapter of the book of Matthew illustrates Judas Iscariot's final moments. It is mentioned that Judas rejected his bribe for betraying Jesus, and then hung himself immediately thereafter.
He wrote the majority of the epistles in the New Testament. According to the book of Acts, more than 40 men conspired to kill him. At the Isle of Melita, a viper "fastened on his hand." Can you identify this person?
Paul was not one of the original 12 disciples. He became an apostle of Christ after his conversion, and wrote many of the epistles, which were instructional letters to the early Christian churches.
He went by the name "Saul of Tarsus" before his conversion. He accused the Apostle Peter of living like a Gentile. He was a Roman citizen. Can you identify the correct person?
In the second chapter of the book of Galatians, Paul expresses disdain for the Apostle Simon Peter. In this epistle, Paul reports that Simon Peter "did eat with the Gentiles," whom Paul surmised did not walk "uprightly."
A man dubbed "king" killed his brother. Zebedee was his father. Salome was his mother. Who is the person described here?
The 15th chapter of Mark in the 40th verse mentions Salome's name. In the verse, she is gathered at Jesus' Crucifixion with other women, Mary Magdalene and Mary "the mother of James the less."
Claudius Lysias arrested him at a riot in Jerusalem. He was in prison when he wrote several of his epistles. Prior to his conversion, he persecuted disciples in Jerusalem. Can you name the disciple from these clues?
Many of the Christian saints were, at first, skeptical of accepting Paul into their ranks. Before his conversion, Paul, then named "Saul," developed a reputation for viciously persecuting Christ's disciples.
Who wrote most of the books in the New Testament, described himself as a Pharisee, and turned blind as a result of seeing the resurrected Christ?
In his letter to the Philippians, Apostle Paul describes himself as "an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee." Paul emphasized the fact that although he was a Jew well-versed in traditional law, he still bore witness among the Gentiles that Christ was the Messiah.
He was of the tribe of Benjamin. He taught salvation among the Gentiles. He described himself as a "servant of Christ." Who is he?
In the book of Philippians, Paul describes himself as a "servant of Christ." In several of his other epistles to the early churches, Paul chooses the title, "Apostle of Jesus Christ," to describe himself.
He was also referred to as "Judas" or "Judas Thaddaeus." James was his father's name. The book of Matthew describes him as "Lebbaeus." Who is this disciple, according to these three clues?
The book of Matthew mentions that "Thaddaeus" was the surname of "Lebbaeus." The gospel books of Mark and Luke refer to him as "Thaddaeus" and "Judas the brother of James," respectively.
James was his older brother. He was called to be a disciple while he was with his father and brother. His authorship of the Book of Revelation is up for debate. Who is this disciple?
The book of Matthew, in the fourth chapter, reveals that John, his brother James, and his father, Zebedee, were all in a ship mending their nets when Jesus called James and John to follow him. The two did not hesitate to drop their nets and leave the ship with their father.
He was the only martyred disciple. In the book of Mark, he asked Jesus about the end times. Salome was his mother. Who is the disciple?
In the book of Mark, the disciples asked Jesus about what things they should expect during the end times. The other disciples present were Peter, John and Andrew.
He tipped Jesus off about a "lad" who had five loaves of bread and two small fishes. Philip told him there were Greeks seeking Jesus. He was one of four disciples who asked Jesus about the end times in the book of Mark. Who is he?
The sixth chapter of the book of John partly describes the Feeding the Multitude miracle. Jesus multiplied five loves of bread and two small fishes to feed 5,000 people.
Jesus referred to him as a "rock." He cut off a soldier's ear. His brother was an apostle. Can you name the disciple?
According to the book of John, Simon Peter cut off the ear of Malchus, the high priest's servant. Jesus rebuked Simon Peter for his deed. The gospel of Luke describes how Jesus immediately healed Malchus.
He was from Bethsaida. He introduced Nathanael to Jesus. Jesus discussed with him how a multitude of 5,000 people might be feed. Who is he?
The sixth chapter of John details how Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two pieces of fish for a multitude of 5,000 people. Before performing his miracle, Jesus asked Philip the rhetorical question: "Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?"
Alphaeus was his father. His mother's name was Mary. In the book of Mark, he is referred to as "the Less." Who is this person?
The book of Mark distinguishes James the Less from James the Greater, the brother of the Apostle John. James the Less appears only four times in the New Testament.
Jesus referred to him and his brother as "sons of thunder." He desired to command fire down on a Samaritan town. He was present at the miracle of the Daughter of Jairus. Who is the disciple?
The ninth chapter of Luke details how Jesus rebuked James and John's request to command fire from heaven down on the Samaritan village. Jesus said to them, "For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."
He was present at the Miracle of the Daughter of Jairus. He witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus. He was promoted from disciple to apostle. Can you choose the correct name?
Simon Peter is known to have proclaimed to Jesus, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." In some Christian denominations, this statement is known as the Confession of Peter.
He was a tax collector by trade. Jesus called him to discipleship while he sat at the "receipt of custom" in Capernaum. He was also called "Levi." Can you name the disciple from these three clues?
Matthew's call to discipleship is recorded in the ninth chapter of the book of Matthew. Jesus sternly told Matthew to follow him, and Matthew did so immediately.
In the Bible, the first time this disciple speaks is during Lazarus' ordeal. At the Last Supper, he asked Jesus, "How can we know the way?" He was also called "Didymus." Who is he?
The book of John is the only one of the gospels that highlights "Doubting Thomas" incredulity about Jesus' Resurrection. Thomas said he needed to see the "print of the nails" in Jesus before he would believe.
It is alleged that he also went by the name Nathanael or Nathaniel. Philip introduced him to Jesus. He was identified as a dweller of the upper room abode in the book of Acts. Can you name this disciple?
In the first chapter of the book of John, Philip found Bartholomew and told him, "We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write." Jesus knowingly addressed Bartholomew with the words: "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"
His father was a fisherman. He was present at the Transfiguration of Jesus. He was with his father and brother when Jesus called him to discipleship. Can you identify the disciple?
The book of Matthew describes how James was present during the Transfiguration of Jesus. Peter and John were also present to witness Jesus shine "white as the light."
He is from the same town as the disciple Andrew. He was considered part of Jesus' elite inner circle. He was one of four disciples who asked about things to expect during the end times. Who is he?
Although Simon Peter was one of the disciples, Jesus regarded him as sort of a proxy leader of the other disciples. At Gethsemane, Jesus found the disciples sleeping, although he had instructed them to keep watch with him. In reaction to seeing them asleep, Jesus asked Simon Peter concerning him and the other disciples present, "What, could ye not watch with me one hour?"
Which disgraced disciple is known to have accepted 30 pieces of silver to betray Christ? He then hung himself. Matthias took his place among the 12 apostles. Who is he?
In the book of Acts, replacing Judas, who had already hung himself, was a priority among the remaining apostles. Simon Peter took the lead by appointing Matthias to the position.
Which disciple was the first to enter Jesus' empty sepulcher after Jesus' Resurrection? He denied Jesus three times. He was instrumental in appointing a replacement for Judas Iscariot. Can you name the disciple?
In the 12th chapter of the book of John, the other witnesses to Jesus' empty sepulcher dared not to enter it out of fear. Simon Peter was the brave one who entered first.
During the Last Supper, he asked Jesus to show him the Father. He is from the same city as the disciple Andrew. He first told Andrew that there were Greeks seeking Jesus. Who is this person, according to these clues?
The 12th chapter of the book of John explains how "certain Greeks" had come to worship at a feast. Eventually the disciples told Jesus, who replied, "The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified."
This disciple denied Jesus three times. Jesus healed his mother-in-law. Jesus preached on his boat. Can you name the disciple?
The fifth chapter of the book of Luke explains how Jesus entered into Simon Peter's ship, which was one of the ships standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. Jesus sat down on Simon's ship and "taught the people out of the ship."
He identified Jesus to his accusers by kissing him. The Son of God said to him: "He that betrayeth me is at hand." Satan entered into him. Can you choose the correct person?
Although Judas accepted a monetary bribe for betraying Jesus, the gospel of Luke provides another reason why Judas betrayed the Son of God. The 22nd chapter of the book alludes to Judas' demonic possession, stating, "Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve."
This apostle was not one of the original 12 disciples. Simon Peter appointed him to replace Judas among the apostles. He knew Jesus since the Son of God's baptism. Who is this person?
In the first chapter of Acts, Simon Peter insisted that Judas' replacement be someone who "went in and out among" them. Simon Peter explained that Matthias had been among the apostles from the time of Jesus' baptism until Jesus' Ascension.
The Bible confirms that this disciple was married. He is from the same town as the disciple Philip. He preached on the Day of Pentecost. Who is he?
Chapter eight in the book of Matthew describes how Jesus went to Simon Peter's house to heal Simon Peter's wife's mother. She had been "sick of a fever" before Jesus healed her.
Jesus spoke directly to him from heaven. He escaped from a prison in a basket. Ananias of Damascus restored his vision. Who is this person?
After his conversion, Paul diligently wrote instructional letters to the early churches. In these letters, or epistles, Paul gave specific codes of conduct for the early followers of Christ.
He was a mentor to the Evangelist Timothy. Agabus bound himself with this person's girdle. The book of Acts provides a lot of details about his life. Can you name the correct person from these clues?
Paul mentions his assistant Timothy in several of his epistles to the early churches. In the first and second books of Timothy, Paul writes to Timothy, offering advice and encouraging endurance among the church leaders.
This disciple was hesitant to let Jesus wash his feet. He was from a province in Galilee. He cut off a servant's ear with a sword. Can you identify the disciple?
In chapter 13 of the book of John, Simon Peter was adamant about not letting Jesus, whom he recognized as "the Son of the living God," wash his feet. Jesus replied to John, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me."
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