Snakes seem to slither through every nook and cranny of the Bible. From the opening moments, when Adam and Even make choices that will affect their two-legged offspring for centuries to come, snakes are the tempters of the innocent and the deceivers of good hearts. But snakes aren’t always the bad guys – sometimes they’re a symbol of power, too. In this clawed quiz, how much do you know about the famous animal stories of the Bible?
From huge fish to deadly lions, the Bible is brimming with creatures great and small. Sometimes those animals are lambs, metaphors for the followers of Jesus, the shepherd who devotes his life to leading his “flock” to eternal salvation. Do you remember other animals that Jesus and his disciples encountered during their adventures?
In Revelations, we saw animals – and even monsters – of terrifying proportions. They are symbols of evil and of hard times ahead. These monsters have inspired any number of fearsome creatures on movie screens for many years.
Climb onto the beast of burden in this tough Bible quiz. Let’s see if you’re a true animal expert or if you need to rejoin the rest of the flock!
They are unclean "winged things" that flap around numerous Bible stories. Which animals live in lonely, dark places?
Bats in the Bible aren't exactly superstars. They're mentioned as unclean animals that make their homes in creep, scary places.
It's an ominous line in Deuteronomy 32:33. Can you finish it? "Their wine is the venom of serpents,the deadly poison of ____."
Moses went off on a long lecture in Deuteronomy 32. He followed it up with, "Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom and from the fields of Gomorrah. Their grapes are filled with poison, and their clusters with bitterness. Their wine is the venom of serpents, the deadly poison of cobras."
Can you finish this one? In 1 Samuel 26:20, "Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord. The king of Israel has come out to look for a _____—as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”
It's all about the metaphor. "They have driven me today from my share in the Lord’s inheritance and have said, ‘Go, serve other gods.’ Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea — as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”
He was supposed to die. Daniel was famously thrown into a den full of what creature?
In Daniel 6, our protaganist is thrown into the lion's den. The next morning, Daniel is miraculously still alive … so the king who tried to kill him was instead thrown to the animals, and then torn apart.
In Jeremiah 47, the prophet warns Gaza about an impending attack. Can you complete the sentence? "Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks, you who live in Moab. Be like a ____ that makes its nest at the mouth of a cave."
"Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks, you who live in Moab. Be like a dove that makes its nest at the mouth of a cave." And God promises the people that they will restore Moab following the attack.
It's a scary passage from Isaiah 59:6. Can you finish it? "They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an ____ is hatched."
"They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched." So, word to the wise -- in the Bible, avoid spiders and snakes because those two are definitely up to no good.
In Revelation 9:3, "And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of _____ of the earth." Can you finish that sentence?
Revelations always likes to get freaky. "And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth." Fortunately the passage immediately following features an angel in a rainbow.
It's not always about the four-legged kind. Can you finish this passage from Isaiah 11:6? "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little ____ will lead them."
"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them." These are songs of praise from Isaiah's glowing letters.