Do You Know Your Bible Trivia Backward and Forward?


By: Jonnathan Chadwick

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

In 1995 "The Guinness Book of World Records" named the Bible the best-selling book of all time with more than 5 billion copies being sold. The world population at the time was 5.7 billion, so it's safe to say almost everybody on Earth knows at least one story from the Bible, even if they didn't read it themselves. Some of the world's most famous books and movies are based on Bible stories. The scriptures have been adapted so many times their central teachings have found their way into almost every story on Earth. Even if you think you don't know anything, you know something.

From the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation, what do you know? Do you remember the story Abraham and his search for the Promised Land? Who told Noah to build an ark, and what did he do with it? How did Moses free the Israelites from Egypt? Where was Jesus born? Who were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and how did David kill Goliath?

The Bible is full of kings and underdogs and worshipers and sinners and is the textbook definition of a timeless book. What do you know about the scriptures and teachings in the Bible? Test your skills here.

The Bible is known to be made up of 66 books. What's the first book of the Bible?

The Book of Genesis is about 50 chapters long and describes the creation of Earth. It begins with God creating the heavens and Earth, and it ends with Joseph dying. It covers more than 2,000 years of Biblical history.


In Matthew 7:12 you'll find "The Golden Rule." What is it?

In the World English Bible, the line in Matthew 7:12 says, "whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them." It's a bit different in the King James Bible, but both verses have the same meaning. Jesus also quotes this message in the Gospel of Luke.


The first man was named Adam and the first woman was named Eve. Where did they live?

Adam and Eve died at age 930 and had at least three sons. They lived in the Garden of Eden and the place was described as a paradise on Earth. It represented innocence and sin and was also known as the Garden of Yahweh.


Can you name the four apostles who tell the story of Jesus?

The New Testament tells the story of Jesus and the gospels were created by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They're also known as the Four Evangelists. The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are very similar while John's tells a different story.


When Jesus was baptized, God spoke from the sky and said, "This is my son, whom ________." Can you fill in the blank?

Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, a cloud covered the scene and a voice from heaven said, "This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."


How many of each animal did Noah take on his arc?

Almost every religious story that tells the creation of the Earth involves a story of a great flood. The great flood is told in chapters 6-9 in the Book of Genesis. God tells Noah to take two of every animal, one male and one female. God later gives Noah instructions to bring more animals.


Which of these is not one of the Ten Commandments?

God spoke the Ten Commandments to Moses in the Book of Exodus. Moses received the tablets with the laws on Mount Sinai. God then told Moses to relay the message all the Israelites that followed him into the desert.


What body of water did Moses part when he led his people out of Egypt?

You can find the story of the exodus in the Book of Exodus. Moses parts the Red Sea when he leads his Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and into the promised land of Canaan. There's no scientific evidence this ever happened, but believers believe it happened at the Gulf of Suez.


Adam and Eve had at least three kids. Who were they?

Cain and Abel were Eve's first two sons. Cain tilled soil while Abel was a sheep herder. One day, Abel offered a sheep to God and Cain offered some fruit. God liked Abel's gift more and Cain killed Abel in jealousy. God then exiled Cain for life.


"Love your neighbor ________." Can you fill in the blank?

"Love your neighbor as yourself" might be the central theme of The New Testament. It was this teaching that got Jesus in a lot of trouble with the locals because they didn't want to love their neighbors.


Who killed Goliath?

The Bible is full of underdog stories and David vs. Goliath might be the most famous of them all. Goliath was a Philistine monster who challenged whoever the Israelites had to offer. King Saul was afraid to fight, so the young David stepped up in his place.


There are more than 750,000 words in the Bible. What's the longest book?

Based on the number of verses, Psalms is the longest book in the Bible. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Book of Psalms and the Book of Obadiah is the shortest book in the Bible. The Gospel of Luke is the longest book in the New Testament.


Joseph's father gave him a coat of many colors that made his brothers jealous. How did his brothers retaliate?

Joseph had a dream that he and his brothers were bundling wheat in a field. Joseph's bundle of wheat rose and stood upright while his brothers' bundles bowed down. This prophecy made Joseph's brothers angry and they sold him into slavery.


Who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus?

Many historians believe the baptism and crucifixion of Jesus to be historical fact. Jesus was crucified in Judaea, which was under Roman rule at the time. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea and was the official who ordered the crucifixion.


Can you finish Psalm 23? "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall _________"

Psalm 23 in the Book of Psalms begins with this line and consists of six verses. It's one of the most famous psalms in the world and this line is recited at religious services in both Judaism and Christianity.


King David's son was Solomon. What did Solomon ask from God?

Solomon was King David's son. He asked God for wisdom because he was young and didn't know what he was doing. God was so happy with the request it was granted along with wealth and honor. God told Solomon he'd "have no equal among kings."


What command did God use to create light?

"Then God said, 'Let there be light;' and there was light." Then when God separated the light from the darkness and called the light "day" and called the darkness "night." That was the first day in the Bible.


Where was Jesus born?

According to the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary by way of divine intervention in Bethlehem. Christians believe he was born on December 25th and celebrate his birthday every year.


How many disciples did Jesus have?

Jesus had 12 primary disciples and they were: Peter, John, Andrew, James, James, Judas, Bartholomew, Jude, Matthew, Thomas, Simon and Philip. Jesus sent them around the world to help those in need and preach the gospel.


"In the _______, God created the heavens and the Earth." Can you fill in the blank?

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth." God then created light and darkness on the first day and created the sky on the second day. On the third day, he created land, seas and plant life.


Can you name the Nazirite hero who got his power from his dreadlocks?

Samson was one of the strongest heroes in the Bible before he was betrayed by Delilah. Delilah had his dreads cut off while he was sleeping, causing him to lose all his strength. Samson took a vow to serve God by never drinking alcohol and never cutting his hair, which gave him strength.


What two kingdoms did God destroy because they were full of sinners?

The Book of Genesis tells the story of Abraham and his family as they try to reach the Promised Land. Abraham is visited by God one day and learns that Sodom and Gomorrah are scheduled to be destroyed because they're full of sinners.


Lot and his family were the only righteous residents in Sodom and Gomorrah. God promised to save them if they ran away and did what?

God promised Abraham to save Sodom and Gomorrah if just 10 righteous residents were found, but only Lot and his family were deemed righteous. Lot and his wife were told to run away and not look back, but Lot's wife looked back and instantly turned into a pillar of salt.


What are the first 46 books of The Bible called?

It's believed the present form of the Old Testament was formed between the fifth and first century B.C. The Old Testament consists of the Hebrew Bible in all Christian denominations as well as some additional text.


In the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul the Apostle wrote, "For we live by faith; not by ________." Can you fill in the blank.

Paul the Apostle was also known as Saul of Tarsus and was one of the fiercest critics of Jesus and his gospel before being born again. Jesus appeared to him and struck him blind. After three days, Paul was able to see clearly.


Where did Moses receive the Ten Commandments from God?

We learn about the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments in the Book of Exodus. "The Lord said unto Moses, 'come up to me into the mount, and be there: I will give you thee tablets of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that though mayest teach them."


How long did Jesus fast when he was tempted by Satan in the desert?

After Jesus is baptized, he's lead into the desert by the Holy Spirit. There, he's tempted by Satan three times. First Satan tells him to turn rocks into bread. Then Satan tells Jesus to jump from a cliff and angels will catch him. Then he tells Jesus to worship him in return for all the kingdoms in the world.


At the Last Supper before Jesus was crucified, he predicted one of his apostles would betray him. Who betrayed Jesus?

All four gospels say that Jesus predicted the betrayal of Judas at the last supper, but none of them agree on a motive. He either did it for money or because he was possessed by Satan. Popular theory says Jesus allowed him to do it because it was part of God's plan.


When Jesus was at a wedding, he miraculously turned water into what?

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus was at a wedding when the wine ran dry. He instructed the servants to fill pitchers with water. The servants brought the water to the head waiter, and it had miraculously turned into wine.


There are 150 psalms in the Book of Psalms. Can you complete this one: "When I'm afraid, ________."

The Book of Psalms is the longest book in the Bible and is made of ancient songs and poems. Many of the 150 psalms are attributed to King David, but his authorship is disputed by many historians. The psalms mostly center around praise for God.


How many wives did King Solomon have?

According to the Book of Kings in the King James Bible, King Solomon "had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines." King Solomon was one of the wisest people who ever lived after asking God for the gift of wisdom.


What nonbeliever later became one of the most important apostles?

Paul was also known Saul of Tarsus or Saint Paul. He was one of the biggest critics of the gospel and actually arrested those who preached it before converting. He met Jesus one day while he was traveling.


When God appeared in a burning bush, what did he tell Moses to do?

God appeared and spoke to Moses in the Book of Exodus. God told Moses to confront the Egyptians and lead the Israelites to a "land flowing with milk and honey." God then performed two miracles to prove he was real.


Do you know the shortest verse in the Bible?

According to chapter 11, verse 35 in the Gospel of John, Jesus wept. He cried because Saint Lazarus died and Jesus wasn't there when it happened. Jesus visited his tomb, wept, said a prayer and resurrected Saint Lazarus after he'd been dead for four days.


Genesis is the first book of the Bible. What's the last book?

The Book of Revelation is attributed to somebody named John, but nobody can agree on who John is. The book tells about John who miraculously washed up ashore a Greek island and had several revelations while living on the island.


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