Do You Know These Facts About Biblical Families?


By: Heather Cahill

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The biblical family tree is a long one! Starting from the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, it extends through a long line of individuals, both good and bad. Relationships can be hard to keep track of, especially when you have so many! We're looking at you, King Solomon. If you think you're an expert on the families in the Bible, get ready to be put to the test!

Do you know the fate of David and Bathsheba's first child? Do you know who the father of Lot's grandchildren was? Do you know which of Abraham's children ran away from home along with his mother? If you know their stories, this quiz will be an easy one for you!

Do you know who fathered the founders of the Twelve Tribes of Israel? Can you name one of the descendants of Noah? Do you know what Jacob and Esau exchanged with one another? If those questions are too easy for you, can you tell us whether or not Ezekiel had children of his own?

Biblical trivia masters, this quiz will put your facts to the test. If you know the families and the facts, take a shot at this quiz to prove your knowledge!

Who in Lot's family was turned into a pillar of salt?

Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt, due to her looking back after the angels had warned the family not to. Lot and his daughters, however, were able to make it out alive. Her unfortunate ending was later spoken of by Jesus in another passage as a warning.


Is it true or false that Daniel was thrown in a lion's den?

This is true. Out of jealousy, Daniel was sentenced to death by being thrown in a pit of lions. Daniel was spared as the lions had their jaws closed by a higher power, freeing him.


What river did Jochebed send Moses down?

Jochebed sent her son Moses down the Nile River in a basket. It was her only hope of saving him from being killed, and did it ever work out in her favor! After the pharaoh's daughter found the baby, Jochebed was the one tasked with bringing him up.


Which member of Enoch's family was the oldest man in the Bible?

Methuselah became the oldest man in the Bible when he lived to be 969 years old. This was around 600 years more than his father.


Which of Abraham's children ran away with his mother?

Ishmael ran away with his mother Hagar, as they were not welcome after the way they treated Abraham's wife, Sarah. They ridiculed Sarah due to her inability to give birth, forgetting that Sarah was responsible for setting Abraham and Hagar up.


What was the name of Sarah's only child?

Sarah only had one child with Abraham, which turned out to be their son Isaac. Did you know that Isaac was saved during the binding of Isaac, thanks to an angel who stopped his father from killing him?


Is it true or false that Solomon, a descendant of David, was the wisest man in the world?

This is true. David's son, and successor, Solomon, was know to be the wisest man in the world. Of course, everyone makes mistakes, as even the wise Solomon did throughout his life.


Which father saved his family from a flood?

Noah saved his entire family and their wives from the great flood. The flood was God's way of keeping the best examples of people around, which Noah saved.


Who was the mother of David's child who passed away as a baby?

King David had a child with Bathsheba while she was still married to her husband Uriah. Despite David's efforts, he could not conceal what he had done and had to confess.


Which of the following people had a very large group of wives and concubines?

King Solomon had a very large family unlike any other! He had over 700 wives and 300 concubines, as well as a relationship with the Queen of Sheba. Out of the many relationships he held, he had only a few children.


When three men approached Abraham, what miraculous news did they tell him?

They told him that his wife would give him another son, which was a miracle to the two. Sarah thought that she was too old to bear another son, but it turns out that their grace and generosity to the three men paid off!


Who adopted Ephraim and Manasseh?

Jacob, the father of Joseph and grandfather of Ephraim and Manasseh, adopted the two boys. Their grandfather loved them and wanted them to have some of his inheritance, and he also blessed the two boys before he died. A grandparent's love proved to be true in this case of the Bible!


Is it true or false that Manasseh and Ephraim had their own tribes?

This is true. The Tribe of Manasseh and the Tribe of Ephraim were both one of the Tribes of Israel, but they were eventually lost as things changed in the area.


Which of David's sons betrayed him?

Absalom betrayed his father in many ways, such as turning against the city his father led as well as taking his concubines. Absalom also killed his older brother for the rape of their sister.


What did Jacob ask of his brother in exchange for making him food?

What would you ask for in exchange for a simple task? Jacob asked his brother for his birthright in exchange for making him some stew. Esau willingly gave it up to ensure his own comfort for the time being.


Who from Jairus' family did Jesus raise from the dead?

Jesus raised a few people throughout the Bible, but to help Jairus, he raised his 12-year-old daughter from the dead. She was brought back to life thanks to her father's belief in Jesus and his powers.


Is it true or false that Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah, was called the "weeping prophet"?

This is true. Jeremiah was a descendant of Benjamin and the son of Hilkiah. He got his name from the tears he cried in both sadness and frustration about his people. He knew their fate but they wouldn't pay it any mind.


What happened to David and Bathsheba's first child?

The first child of David and Bathsheba had an unfortunate end after its birth. An illness caused it to pass away, which David believed was due to his careless actions.


Which of Jacob and Rachel's children was sent to Egypt?

Joseph was sold and sent to Egypt by his own brothers. This unfortunate act that was done out of jealously worked out in Joseph's favor, as he became promoted and high-ranking within Egypt.


Which family left their son behind on a trip?

Mary and Joseph left their son Jesus behind after a trip to Jerusalem. They left to go back home to Nazareth and only realized hours later about what had happened.


Which of King Saul's sons disobeyed him?

Jonathan was a good friend of David's and disobeyed his father by believing that David should be king. This resulted in the two parting, although on good terms, for their own safety.


Is it true or false that Moses and Zipporah had two children?

This is true. Moses and Zipporah were the parents of two boys, Gershom and Eliezer. Although we know the names of the two boys, we don't know a whole lot about their lives.


One of David's sons died while fighting his father. Who was he?

After rebelling against his father and disrespecting him, Absalom died at the Battle of Ephraim's Wood. Even though David had asked his men not to kill his son, Joab had other plans. Even after all his son had done, David felt love for him and mourned his death.


True or false: Ezekiel had children.

This is false. Ezekiel did not have any children of his own, but he was the child of a man named Buzzi. He did have a wife however, who was also unnamed.


How many months pregnant was Mary before she married Joseph?

Mary and Joseph did not intentionally try to have a child out of wedlock, but she was impregnated by the Holy Spirit. At the time she was not married to Joseph, which was very much frowned upon and their story was not the most believable!


What did Isaac do to help his wife conceive?

After years of not being able to conceive, all it took was a simple prayer from Isaac to bear a child with his wife Rebekah. The prayer brought not one, but two children, Jacob and Esau, to the new parents. A great example of God lending a helping hand to those who believe!


There is a curse in Noah's family. Who is it on?

Noah placed a curse on his son Ham after he ridiculed his nakedness. Noah's other two sons, Shem and Japheth, did the right thing and covered up their father. Ham's foolishness affected not only him, but all of Canaan who were destined to be servants.


How many daughters did Jacob father?

Jacob only fathered one daughter, Dinah, who was famous for her abduction. Of course, she was saved by her courageous brothers who fought her captors in order to get her back. Family truly does matter!


Is it true or false that Lot had sons?

This is false. Lot had only four daughters, two of whom were named in the Bible, while he had no sons. He was very close with his daughters, escaping the fallen city with them.


Is it true or false that Simeon didn't have a family of his own?

This is false. Simeon did in fact have a family of his own. He was married, but experts disagree about her identity.


Who is the father of the founders of the Twelve Tribes of Israel?

Jacob was the father of his twelve sons, some of which had different mothers. His sons grew up to be the founders of their tribes, which were also named after them. Their mothers included Jacob's wives, Rachel and Leah, as well as maids Zilpah and Bilhah.


Who was the father of Lot's grandchildren?

Lot was the father of his own grandchildren, although it wasn't his doing. His daughters were to blame after they proceeded to get their father drunk. The two girls gave birth to sons, Moab and Ammon.


Who is a descendant of Noah?

Aram is the son of Shem and grandson of Noah. Aram grew up to have children of his own, as well as to become the inspiration for the beginnings of the Aramaean tribes. That is quite a legacy!


How many children did Adam and Eve have that we know the names of?

Cain and Abel may be the most famous but did you know that Adam and Eve had other children as well? They had other daughters and sons who somehow kept the human race going.


Which of Adam and Eve's children were twins?

Cain and Aclima were twins, and the first to be born. Aclima grew up to marry her younger brother Abel, while Cain grew up to marry his younger sister Jumelia. Cain, who was hard to satisfy, wasn't happy with his pairing, however.


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