Quiz: How Much Bible Knowledge Do You Have?: HowStuffWorks
How Much Bible Knowledge Do You Have?
By: Tasha Moore
6 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
Through your years of biblical training, how much holy knowledge have you retained? Settle the score by taking this religion quiz and prove once and for all that you still have what it takes to recite the Psalms, repeat all New Testament books and name the prophets. But don't worry, you won't need to do all of that for this quiz. Here, you need to know your Bible stories by heart.
Do you know your Old Testament queens from your New Testament kings? Have you fully mastered Bible geography; Is the Nile River even mentioned in the Good Book? If nothing else, you'll finish this quiz with a better understanding of and a greater appreciation for all that it took to put the Holy Book together. The Bible's stories have been imitated, but never can all the rich details and obscure facts be duplicated. When was the last time you re-read a story and learned something new each time? That's exactly what you can expect from this test. We filter rare facts to beef up a requisite knowledge of holy lore. After you've had your fill of spiritual nourishment, don't forget to share the knowledge feast with your friends!
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What was King Hezekiah afflicted with?
Second Kings states that King Hezekiah was "sick unto death." God sent the king Prophet Isaiah, who told him that he would be healed. Isaiah took "a lump of figs" and "laid it on the boil" which healed the king.
God sent how many plagues to Egypt because the kingdom held the Israelites in bondage?
Exodus details the plight of the Israelites in Egypt. Water became blood, frogs infested borders, dust turned to lice, flies filled homes, murrain spread, there was a boils outbreak, hail fell, locusts destroyed crops, darkness lasted three days and the firstborn offspring of the land was killed.
Enslaved Israelites inhabited what section of Egypt?
The eighth chapter in Exodus recounts how the Israelites were spared the plagues of Egypt. For example, the twenty-sixth verse states: "Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail." Hail was one of the 10 plagues.
By how much did God increase Job's latter years?
The book of Job begins with an account of Job as a wealthy man, and he is described as, "the greatest of all the men of the east." The last chapter of Job confirms that God reversed the misfortunes Job had experienced, stating, "The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before."
Who is Jerubbaal?
In the book of Judges, God tells Gideon "throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath," and Gideon obeys. As told by Gideon's father, "Jerubbaal" means "plead against [Baal], because [Gideon] hath thrown down his altar."
What is the name of the king who lived among the beasts of the field?
The book of Daniel explains how Daniel interpreted the king's troubling dream concerning the king's enemies. Daniel told the king that the interpretation was "the decree of the most High, which is come upon him," that the king's enemies would drive him to dwell "with the beasts of the field."
A storm capsized a ship that Apostle Paul had been sailing in. Can you identify the name of the storm?
The 27th chapter in Acts pinpoints a storm, or "a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon." The storm approached Apostle Paul's ship as it "sailed close by Crete" en route to Rome.
The fourth river that flowed from Eden was called ________?
The second chapter in Genesis lists the order of rivers that flowed from Eden. The rivers mentioned from first to fourth are Pison of the "whole land of Havilah," Gihon of Ethiopia, Hiddekel "which goeth toward the east of Assyria" and "the fourth river is Euphrates."
From which tree were Adam and Eve forbidden to eat?
Genesis indicates that God "took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it." Man was allowed to "freely eat" of all the trees planted there except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God warned, "for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
According to Genesis, what did God do to distinguish the seventh creation day?
The second chapter of Genesis establishes that "God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it." The first chapter explains how God had worked for seven days. The seventh day was distinguished as a day of rest "from all his work."
This happened when God breathed into man's nostrils.
After God created the "firmament of the heaven" and the animals, God created man, according to the first chapter in Genesis. The seventh verse in the second chapter of Genesis illustrates how God "formed man of the dust of the ground" before breathing the "breath of life" into his nostrils.
While in an Egyptian prison, Joseph, Jacob's son, made his first attempt at doing what?
Joseph interpreted the dreams of both the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, both of whom "had offended their lord." Joseph advised the butler that Pharaoh would eventually restore him to his position as chief of butlers, "after the former manner when [he] wast his butler."
In accordance with Levitical laws, a leper must cover ________?
Leviticus specifies leprosy law for the Israelites: "And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent ... and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip..." The priest would inspect "man or woman [with] plague upon the head or beard." Lepers were to cry out: "Unclean, unclean."
How long were the Israelites in Egyptian bondage?
As the 12th chapter in Exodus confirms, "The sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years." The first chapter highlights that, "The Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor."
Regarding the matter of Israelite debtors, what were Israelite creditors required to do at the end of every seven years?
The 15th chapter in Deuteronomy explains "the manner of the release" that Israelites should make "every seven years." The second verse in the chapter specifies that "[e]very creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbor shall release it." The book calls it "the Lord's release."
According to the book of Revelation, how long is the serpent bound?
In the book of Revelation, the angel held "the key of the bottomless pit." The book goes on to illustrate how the angel "laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent ... and bound him a thousand years."
In Colossians, Apostle Paul instructs the people to "let their speech be alway with grace, seasoned" with what?
The fourth chapter contains the verse in Apostle Paul's letter to the Colossians. Paul admonished the early Christians to be mindful of their communication "that [they] may know how [they] ought to answer every man," who is Christian or otherwise.
Can you identify the only female ruler of Judah?
The third chapter of Second Kings presents that "Athaliah did reign over the land." After the death of her son, Athaliah sought to "destroy all the royal seed"; meanwhile, Joash, Athaliah's grandson, "hid in the house of the Lord six years," during Athaliah's reign.
Who posed the question: "Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another"?
The gospel of Matthew contains John the Baptist's question that he poses to Jesus by way of John's own disciples. At the time, John the Baptist was imprisoned because he had advised King Herod that it was not lawful for him to have his brother's wife, as the 14th chapter explains.
According to the gospel of Matthew, to whom does Peter deny Jesus the third time?
The 26th chapter proves Peter's third denial of Jesus to bystanders: "And after a while came unto him they that stood by..." To them, Peter cursed and swore, "saying, I know not the man," after the bystanders had asked, "Surely thou also art one of them ..."
Do you know what happened to Zacharias because he did not believe the angel Gabriel?
The first chapter of Luke clarifies Zacharias's condition that resulted from his disbelief of Gabriel, who had advised him that he and his wife Elizabeth would conceive a son. Angel Gabriel proclaimed, "though shalt be dumb, and not able to speak ... because thou believest not my words."
How old was Jesus when Mary and Joseph found him in the temple among doctors?
Luke's gospel recounts how Jesus and his parents went to Jerusalem after Passover feast. Mary and Joseph returned home without Jesus, but they "knew not" that Jesus had stayed in Jerusalem "in the temple, sitting in the midst of doctors, both hearing them and asking questions."
According to Luke's gospel, who says, "Ask and it shall be given you"?
The 11th chapter of Luke provides Jesus's subsequent words: "...seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Jesus said this to his disciples after teaching a parable concerning persistence.
Of the lepers that Jesus encounters in the gospel of Luke, which of the 10 returned to give thanks?
Luke's gospel states that Jesus encounters 10 lepers as he passes through a village "the midst of Samaria and Galilee." The men "lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." Jesus healed them all, but the Samaritan "fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks."
Can you identify the tool that Jesus used to drive the traders and money changers from the temple?
John's gospel details how Jesus "had made a scourge of small cords [and] drove them all out of the temple." The book goes on to explain that Jesus "poured out the changers' money, and overthrew tables." He admonished sellers in the temple, "make not my Father's house an house of merchandise."
In the gospel of John, Jesus says, "Ye must be born again" to whom?
The third book of John describes Nicodemus as a Pharisee, "a ruler of the Jews." Nicodemus emphasized his age when he asked Jesus, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" Jesus replied that man must "be born of water and the Spirit."
At the time that Jesus said, "There is no truth in him," of whom was he speaking?
According to John's gospel, Jesus conversed with the Jews concerning who he was and who his father was. The Jews insisted, "Abraham is our father," to which Jesus pointed out their hypocrisy for seeking to kill him. He went on to tell them, "Ye are of your father the devil ... for he is a liar"
After hearing that Lazarus was ill, how many days did Jesus wait before traveling to Bethany to see about him?
The 11th chapter of John's gospel confirms that "when [Jesus] had heard...that [Lazarus] was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was." Jesus loved Lazarus' sister Martha, who sent for him when Lazarus had become ill.
Can you choose the person who asked Jesus, "What is truth"?
In John's gospel, Pilate gives this response to Jesus, who had assured Pilate: "I should bear witness unto the truth." The two held dialogue after Jesus had been arrested and brought before the high priest, then to Pilate in the hall of judgment.
Jesus appeared before his disciples for how many days after his resurrection?
The book of Acts specifies that Jesus had been seen of the disciples "forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene, then to disciples along the road to Emmaus before twice appearing before a group of disciples behind locked doors.
As stated in the book of Romans, the wages of sin is ________?
Apostle Paul gives this warning in his letter to the Romans. The sixth chapter contains the referenced quote, and the verse goes on to state, "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Can you identify the one who served as Apostle Paul's scribe when Paul wrote his letter to the Romans?
Paul introduces himself in the first verse of Romans as, "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle..." The 16th chapter, however, states, "I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord."
What does Apostle Paul say of any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered, according to First Corinthians?
Paul explicitly states in the 11th chapter of the book, "Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head." In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul insists that followers "keep the ordinances" and maintain Christian order.
Apostle Peter says that this "shall cover the multitude of sins"?
Apostle Peter makes the assertion in the fourth chapter of First Peter. He specifies the act as "fervent charity" and addresses his message to early Christians who "suffer for well doing, than for evil doing."
In the book of Revelation, the horse rider named "Death" was followed by ________?
"Death" rode the pale horse, according to the sixth chapter in Revelation, "and Hell followed him." Immediately prior to this, Apostle Paul had mentioned the opening of the fourth seal and hearing "the voice of the fourth beast say, 'Come and see.'"
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