Do You Know More About the Bible Than the Average American?

Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

The Bible has had untold influence on the world and is the holy book of hundreds of millions of people worldwide, but that doesn't mean that most people know its ins and outs. The Bible is complex, dense, lengthy, and full of countless characters and events. Both the New and Old Testaments have their complexities, which can make getting started on reading them seem overwhelming. For this reason, even many people who consider themselves Christian or Catholic have not gotten around to tackling their holy book yet. 

Due to the Bible's influence, you don't necessarily have to have read it to know something about it. Its themes can be seen throughout literature, film, and art over and over again. Whether you have ever been to church personally or not, there is a good chance you know a little bit at least about Jesus Christ. The average American might struggle to go much deeper than generalities, though. 

If you are on good terms with the man upstairs or think you have a better handle on the stories of the Bible than the average American, put your knowledge of Christendom's holy books to the test with this very biblical HowStuffWorks quiz.   

What was unique about Mary, who gave birth to Jesus?

Mary is the mother of Jesus. This birth was unique because she was a virgin when she gave birth to him.

Which of these people built an ark?

Noah built an Ark at God's request. He put his family and two of each animal on it to save them from the flood.

Finish the verse: "For the wages of sin is ___________, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Death is the correct answer. This comes from Romans 6:23.

Who betrayed Jesus?

Judas betrayed Jesus for silver pieces. This led to Jesus' crucifixion.

Who defeated Goliath?

Before he was King of Israel, a young David defeated the large Philistine Goliath in battle. He did it using his wits and a slingshot.

In which area of the world do most of the Bible's stories occur?

The events of the Bible occur largely in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Today its characters and events would be considered to be related to countries like Iraq, Iran, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

What is the first book of the Bible called?

Genesis is the first book of the Old Testament. It begins in the Garden of Eden and tells a mythological version of the story of early man.

What did Jesus famously turn water into?

This is the first of Jesus' miracles described in the Gospel of John. At the Wedding of Cana he turns water into wine.

Finish the psalm: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no _________."

This is a part of Psalm 23:4. It reads "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

How many apostles did Jesus have?

Jesus had 12 apostles. Their names were Simon, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Thaddeus, Bartholomew, Thomas, James, Matthew, Simon the Canaanite, and Judas.

What religion was Jesus born into?

Jesus was initially born into a Jewish family. He grew up practicing Judaism.

Which book of the Bible is after Numbers?

Numbers is the fourth book in the Old Testament. It is followed by Deuteronomy.

What is the first book of the Bible?

Genesis is the first book of the Bible. In this book, God creates the earth, animal, and man.

Finish the psalm: "I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not ______ against you."

This is from Psalm 119:11. It reads: "I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

What is the last book of the Bible?

Revelation is the last book of the New Testament. It is also called the Revelation to John and the Apocalypse of John.

What is the name of Jacob's brother?

Jacob and Esau are brothers, the sons of Isaac. They fight for dominance and Jacob ends up taking what was meant for his older brother.

What is the last book of the Old Testament?

Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. The Old Testament closes with a passage about how God thinks it is important to love your family.

What did King Solomon ask God to give him?

King Solomon asked God for the wisdom to rule his people. In return God said he would give him more wisdom than any man has ever had or will have again.

What item of clothing did Joseph have that made his brothers jealous?

Joseph was Jacob's favorite son. He gave him a coat, which made all of his brothers jealous.

Jonah was swallowed by the big fish while he was trying to escape _______.

God asked Jonah to go preach in a city he did not want to go to. In order to get out of it, Jonah tried to sail away and ended up being brought back to land by a large fish.

What animal did Noah send from the ark first?

Initially Noah sent two birds from the ark. First a raven and then a dove.

In Luke, a woman cleans Jesus' feet using what?

Luke is a book from the New Testament. In it, a woman cleans Jesus' feet with her tears and her hair.

What happened when Jesus died?

According to Matthew, three things happened when Jesus died. These were an earthquake, a torn veil in the temple, and tombs breaking open.

Finish the verse: "I can do all things through him who ____________ me."

Strengthens is the correct answer. This comes from Philippians 4:13.

Where did Jesus grow up?

Jesus grew up in Nazareth. This is according to the book of Luke.

How many commandments did Moses recieve from God?

Moses received 10 commandments from God. These are also known as the Decalogue.

What does Jesus say about judging others?

Jesus speaks against judging others in the book of Luke. He says "Judge not."

How long were the Israelites enslaved in Egypt?

The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt for 400 years. They were freed by Moses and the will of God.

How many men does Jesus feed from five loaves of bread and a few fish in the Gospel of John?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus turns a small lunch of bread and fish into enough to feed 5,000 of his followers. After everyone had eaten as much as they wanted there were still 12 baskets of bread left.

Finish the verse: "And without _________ it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him."

Faith is the correct answer. This comes from Hebrews 11:6.

What did Samson use to kill 1,000 men?

In Judges 15, Samson uses an interesting weapon. He kills 1,000 men with the jawbone of a donkey.

Who was the last King of United Israel?

King Solomon was the third King of Israel. Famed for his wisdom and wealth, he was the last king before Israel split in two.

Which man changed his name to Israel after struggling with God in the desert?

Jacob was born to Isaac, who named him. After wrestling with God in the desert, he changed his name to Israel.

In how many days did God make the world?

God created darkness, light, the earth, man, and animal in six days. He rested on the seventh day.

Which of these women's names is used most often in the Bible?

Mary is the most popular women's name in the Bible.

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