The Bible Trivia Quiz


By: Tasha Moore

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

In this Bible trivia feat, you'll enjoy facts on Jonah's gripe with the Creator, the ten buggy plagues of Egypt, Job's wife's startling ultimatum to her hubby, and so much more! Have you been looking for a nifty way to knock down rock-solid walls with just your mouth? Well, you've come to the right place! Did you know that the walls of Jericho in the Bible came tumbling down with the aid of loud shrieks? And perhaps you've heard the phrase "land of milk and honey" thrown around, but do you actually know what it means and to whom it refers in the Bible? This Bible test will satisfy your curiosities.

The Old Testament is heavily mined in this exam; New Testament lore makes several appearances from time to time, too. Bodies of water mentioned in the New Testament are of particular concern here. Have you ever wondered how often water symbolism appears in the New Testament? Fishes of the sea, fishers of men, baptisms, water-walking, those sorts of things? We'll leave that waterlogged lesson for another test. 

As for this fun Bible exam, don't flounder. Float onward and tally high!

In a dream, God told King Solomon that He would give him anything he asked for. Which of the following did Solomon ask for?

God granted King Solomon longevity and riches because of Solomon's selfless request. Solomon had asked God for wisdom so that he might best lead his people in a righteous way.


What does the phrase "land flowing with milk and honey" describe in the Bible?

This description is presented in the Old Testament book of Exodus in the third chapter and eleventh verse. In the verse, God speaks to Moses, promising freedom for the children of Israel and deliverance into a land of prosperity: "And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey."


Of the ten lepers that Jesus healed, how many came back to thank him?

The story of the ten lepers is recounted in the seventeenth chapter of the book of Luke. In the days of old, the law required that lepers keep away from other people, and lepers were to announce their presence if ever they had to go near anyone.


Which biblical figure was told to build seven altars?

Balak attempted to persuade Balaam, his diviner, to curse the Israelites by taking him to several places. Balak believed that a change of environment might help to change Balaam's mind. The twenty-third chapter of the book of Numbers details how God intervened in Balak's plans with Balaam.


Who gave Moses good advice about judging the Israelites?

Moses was Jethro's son-in-law. Jethro was a priest among the Israelites and had experience governing their affairs.


Which of Jesus's disciples was a tax collector?

The Romans appointed Matthew, who was a Jew, as tax collector. The Jews hated tax collectors because of their repute for cheating and their support from Rome.


Who was born "red all over like an hairy garment"?

The twenty-fifth chapter of the book of Genesis describes Esau as firstborn and "red, all over like an hairy garment." Esau's physical appearance in the Bible is symbolic of his profession, which is hunter and man of the field.


What did Job's wife tell Job to do?

Job's wife lost faith in God. The second chapter of the book of Job confirms Job's wife's frustration. In the ninth verse, she says, "Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die."


What two actions combined together caused the walls of Jericho to fall?

The sixth chapter in the book of Joshua at the twentieth verse details this scenario. This method of war was unusual, but it essentially tested the Israelites' level of faith and their willingness to obey God absolutely.


Which biblical preacher lived on a diet of locusts and wild honey?

John the Baptist is considered the forerunner of Jesus. His parents were Elizabeth and Zacharias. The first chapter of Mark at the sixth verse explains how he lived as a Nazirite in the desert: "And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey."


In what place did Peter find money to pay tribute?

Peter was one of Jesus's twelve disciples and his original name was "Simon," though he is sometimes referred to as "Simon Peter." In the seventeenth chapter of the book of Matthew at the twenty-seventh verse, Jesus instructs him to cast a hook and catch "the fish that first cometh up."


What are the names of the prophetess and the man who blessed the baby Jesus in the temple?

Anna and Simeon were the first to bear witness to baby Jesus. Although the two were of old age, they never gave up hope that they would one day see the Messiah before they died.


Which of the following people did Jesus not resurrect from the dead?

The resurrection stories of Lazarus, the widow's son and Jarius's daughter can be found in the New Testament books of John, Luke and Mark, respectively. Compassion for his friends motivated Jesus to perform such remarkable miracles.


How long did Methuselah live?

The fifth chapter of the book of Genesis at the twenty-seventh verse confirms Methusaleh's age at the time of his death: "And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died." Enoch was Methusaleh's father and Lamech was his son.


What was the name of the river in which John baptized Jesus?

The third chapter of the book of Matthew gives an account of Jesus's baptism, and the thirteenth verse confirms the location: "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him." The Jordan River is a major body of water in the Palestine region.


Jesus spent most of His time preaching and healing near what body of water?

Jesus encountered disciples Simon Peter and his brother Andrew while they were fishing in the Sea of Galilee. The twenty-third verse in the fourth chapter of the book of Matthew explains how Jesus traveled near the Sea of Galilee while performing much of his good works.


What was Benjamin, Joseph's youngest brother, accused of stealing from Joseph?

The forty-fourth chapter in the book of Genesis explains the theft of Joseph's cherished possession. Joseph's silver cup represented his authority.


Who initially hesitated after being called to follow Elijah?

Elijah "cast his mantle upon" Elisha while Elisha was plowing. The nineteenth chapter of the book of first Kings recounts what Elisha told Elijah after he hesitated: "Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee."


What renowned Bible character also had the name Edom?

By trading his birthright for food, Esau despised his birthright. According to the Bible, a birthright was a special honor bestowed upon the firstborn son.


What insects did God use to drive away the enemies of His people?

The twenty-third chapter of the book of Exodus details how God weaponized these insects against the enemies of His people: "And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee." Hornets possess an awful sting which makes them a fearsome opponent.


Who was the ruler Jesus referred to as "that fox"?

The thirteenth chapter of the book of Luke at the thirty-second verse confirms Jesus's insult against Herod: "And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected."


Gideon's army was reduced to how many soldiers?

At first, there were twenty-two thousand soldiers in Gideon's army. Then, only ten thousand soldiers remained of the original twenty-two thousand. Eventually, God instructed Gideon to choose the 300 soldiers who lapped water like a dog.


Who went to live in Egypt because of a grievous famine in the land?

God told Abram to leave his country, but while traveling to the desert region of Negev, a famine ensued in the region. The famine was so severe that Abram made a detour to Egypt.


Who dreamed of a loaf of barley bread smashing into a tent?

A Midianite soldier, one of the Israelites's enemies, dreamed of barley grain, which was considered inferior to wheat in value just as the children of Israel were considered inferior to the Midianites. The dream foretold how Gideon and the small group of Israelite men would ultimately conquer the Midianites.


Which of the choices did God not prepare according to the Jonah story?

The book of Jonah in the Old Testament describes how Jonah defied God. In the first chapter God gave him his command: "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me." But Jonah fled elsewhere "from the presence of the Lord."


Who was Zaphnath-Paaneah?

The Pharaoh of Egypt made Joseph second in command in all of Egypt because Joseph sustained the land. Joseph was Jacob's son, but he was given the name "Zaphnath-Paaneah," which was an Egyptian name that means "one who furnishes the sustenance of the land."


What group of people from the Bible had to drink water mixed with gold dust?

While Moses received the Ten Commandments, the children of Israel urged Aaron to make a god who would lead them since they did not know of Moses's whereabouts. Aaron made a molten calf which angered God. When Moses saw the calf, he pulverized it and scattered its powder upon the waters and made them drink it.


Which biblical figure described himself as poured out as milk and curdled like cheese?

In the Old Testament book of Job in the tenth chapter at the tenth verse, Job illustrates his affliction: "Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?" Due to the severity of his affliction, Job was under the assumption that God was against him.


Which of these three choices was not one of the ten plagues of Egypt?

The Old Testament book of Exodus lists the plagues that descended upon Egypt. Death of the firstborn was the tenth plague.


Which of these choices was not one of Job's daughters?

Job was blessed with three daughters after he had suffered greatly. The forty-second chapter of the book of Job confirms their names and the fact that Job also had seven sons.


Which biblical figure asked the question: "Hast thou but one blessing, my father?"

A birthright could only be given once, and it could not be repealed. Rebekah, Jacob's mother, tricked Isaac into giving Jacob Esau's birthright. Esau had been entitled to the birthright since he was the firstborn.


Where is Mars Hill located, according to the Bible?

The seventeenth chapter of the book of Acts confirms that Mars Hill is located in the city of Athens. Paul visited the city on his second missionary journey. While there, he spoke to a curious, but somewhat scornful audience at Mars Hill.


How many clean animals were permitted aboard Noah's ark?

The seventh chapter of the book of Genesis confirms the number of clean animals permitted to board Noah's ark. The chapter reads, "of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens." Two unclean animals were permitted aboard the ark as well.


When building Solomon's Temple, what did the construction workers provide that showed their reverence?

The first book of Kings in the sixth chapter describes how the workers at Solomon's Temple showed their reverence by not using noise-making equipment. The stones for the temple were crafted miles away.


What mother in the Bible was paid to raise her own child?

God used Jochebed, Moses's mother, to place Moses in Pharaoh's house so that he could one day lead the children of Israel out of bondage. The second chapter of the book of Exodus at the ninth verse explains how Pharaoh's daughter offered to pay Jochebed to nurse baby Moses.


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