The Ultimate Bible Quiz

By: Brittany Rowland
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
According to Genesis, God created man on which day of creation?
Second day
Fourth day
Sixth day
God saves the creation of man and all other land animals for the sixth day. He creates men and women, tells them to "be fruitful and multiply" and takes a well-deserved rest on the seventh day.
Seventh day

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The first five books of the Old Testament are collectively known as what?
The Pentateuch
It's traditionally believed that Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy were written by Moses. Pentateuch comes from the Greek for "five books." In Judaism, it's called the Torah.
The Epistles
The Acts of the Apostles
The Apocrypha

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In the Book of Exodus, Moses receives the 10 Commandments from God at which location?
Golgotha
Mount Sinai
While Exodus says that Moses received the 10 Commandments (also called the Decalogue) on Mount Sinai, Deuteronomy calls it Mount Horeb. Scholars think they're two names for the same place.
Jerusalem
River Jordan

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Which of the following is the last book of the Old Testament?
Leviticus
Amos
Psalms
Malachi
Malachi is among the prophetic books of the Old Testament and was written sometime around 430 B.C. The word Malachi comes from the Hebrew for "my messenger" — appropriate for a prophet!

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After Cain is exiled from Eden, he goes where?
Land of Nod
The Bible isn't specific about where the Land of Nod is, only that it's "east of Eden." Nod is related to the Hebrew for "wander," which may describe Cain's life after murdering his brother.
Bethany
Egypt
Sodom and Gomorrah

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Everyone knows Adam and Eve's first two sons were Cain and Abel, but what was the name of their third son?
Joshua
Lamech
Seth
After Cain killed Abel, God gave Adam and Eve a third son, Seth. Seth, whose descendants included Noah, lived to be 912 years old. Luke traces Jesus' genealogy back to Adam through Seth.
Enoch

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Of the following, who was not one of the prophets of the Old Testament?
Hosea
Obadiah
Habakkuk
Deuteronomy
The Book of Deuteronomy belongs to the Pentateuch or Torah. It describes Moses' death and burial and his successor, Joshua, taking over the Israelites before they enter Canaan.

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This Jewish woman became a Persian queen and prevented the death of her people. What was her name?
Esther
After King Ahasuerus chooses Esther as his wife, Esther uses her position to dissuade him from killing all the Jews in Persia. Today, Persian Jews are known as "Esther's children."
Tamar
Rebecca
Miriam

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After the death of her husband, this biblical woman sticks by her mother-in-law Naomi.
Sarah
Orpah
Ruth
A Moabite woman, Ruth declared that Naomi's God would become hers too. She then followed Naomi back to Bethlehem and remarried. She's one of the few women named in Jesus' genealogy.
Delilah

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King Nebuchadnezzar sent three figures into a fiery furnace, but God saved them. What were their names?
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
Imagine the Babylonian king's surprise when he looked in the furnace and saw four unharmed men among the flames! The fourth was likely an angel of God sent to protect his devoted followers.
Jesse, David and Goliath
Naphtali, Issachar and Zebulun
Reuben, Simeon and Gad

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To test his brothers, Joseph plants what item in his youngest brother Benjamin's bag?
Grain
A silver cup
After they sold Joseph into slavery, Joseph understandably wants to see if his brothers are still as disloyal as before. This time, they unite to defend Benjamin, proving they've changed.
Gold
A multi-colored coat

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This woman placed her infant son, Moses, in a basket and set him afloat on the Nile River.
Jochebed
To save her baby from death at the hands of the Egyptians, Jochebed let him float down the river in a basket. God had plans for Moses, though, because Pharaoh's daughter found and adopted him.
Bathsheba
Rachel
Leah

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Why did Sarah laugh when she heard a man say that she and Abraham would soon have a son?
She was delighted.
She wanted a daughter.
She was very old.
After struggling for years to have children, Sarah was skeptical that a woman of her advanced age could bear a son. But sure enough, she gave birth to Isaac, whose name means "laughter."
She was in shock.

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In Exodus, Moses marries Zipporah, the daughter of which man?
Jethro
Jethro became Moses' father-in-law when the exiled Hebrew married Zipporah. Jethro even gave Moses a job as a shepherd before he did that whole leading-his-people-out-of-slavery thing.
Eliezer
Gershom
Amram

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According to Genesis, this man had the longest lifespan, living to the ripe age of 969.
Mordecai
Jared
Mahalalel
Methuselah
According to Genesis, Methuselah (Noah's grandfather) comes in first for the oldest age. And Methuselah's grandfather Jared is a close runner-up, living to be 962 years old. Must be strong genes!

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One of Samson's mighty feats mentioned in the Book of Judges is killing a lion using what?
His hair
His hands
Before the treacherous Delilah cut his hair, Samson displayed superhuman strength, taking down a mighty lion with no weapons. Samson defeats his Philistine captors but dies in the process.
A donkey's jawbone
A slingshot

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King David has an affair with Bathsheba. What is the name of Bathsheba's husband?
Absalom
Uriah
David tried to cover up his affair, but when that didn't work, he arranged for Uriah to die in battle and followed that up by marrying Bathsheba. Wow, and we thought today's soap operas were scandalous!
Eliam
Jonathan

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Which two Gospels contain infancy narratives (the story of Jesus' birth)?
Matthew and Luke
The nativity story celebrated at Christmas comes from Matthew and Luke, who had slightly differing accounts of the birth. Linus in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" quotes from the Luke version.
Matthew and Mark
Mark and Luke
Luke and John

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Who is not one of the people Jesus addresses while nailed to the cross?
Pontius Pilate
According to the four Gospels, Jesus said seven "last words" on the cross before his death. He spoke to his mother Mary, a disciple, the man being crucified next to him and God.
God
Mary
A criminal being crucified

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In some translations, "Jesus wept" (John 11:35) is the shortest verse in the Bible. Why is Jesus weeping?
His disciple Judas betrayed him.
His disciples do not understand him.
He is overcome with joy.
His friend Lazarus has died.
When Jesus sees his friends mourning Lazarus, he is overcome with pity and weeps too. While raising Lazarus from the dead is a divine act, showing genuine sorrow reveals Jesus' human side.

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When do the Magi visit Jesus?
The night of his birth
Sometime after his birth
The Magi, or Wise Men, visited the infant Jesus at an unspecified time after his birth and presented him with gifts. Christians celebrate the Epiphany on January 6 to mark this occasion.
When Jesus was 12
When Jesus was 15

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What does Zacchaeus do to see Jesus?
He pushes people aside.
He sends Jesus an invitation.
He climbs a tree.
In Jericho, Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see Jesus over the crowd. To everyone's surprise (because Zacchaeus was a reviled tax collector), Jesus invited himself to Zacchaeus' house.
He rides through the crowd on a donkey.

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Finish this Beatitude: "Blessed are the meek ..."
"For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"For they shall inherit the earth."
With the Beatitudes, Jesus describes the people of God as peacemakers, merciful, meek and pure of heart. Here Jesus names the rewards people will receive for possessing these qualities.
"For they shall obtain mercy."
"For they shall see God."

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One of Jesus' disciples was a tax collector, which made him less than popular. What was his name?
Thomas
Matthew
Tax collectors were not popular in Jesus' time. Jewish people saw them as working for the enemy, the Romans. But Matthew, also called Levi, immediately left this job behind to follow Jesus.
Andrew
Jude

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Jesus used simple stories to teach lessons to his followers. These stories are called what?
Metaphors
Sermons
Parables
Jesus' parables include the Lost Sheep, the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan. The parables remain among his best-remembered teachings because of their simplicity and profound messages.
Beatitudes

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Which person is healed of sickness just by touching Jesus' clothes?
Jairus' daughter
A bleeding woman
In Mark's Gospel, a woman touches Jesus' robe, confident that just touching him would cure her of her prolonged illness. And sure enough, she is healed. Jesus praises her for her faith.
A possessed man
A centurion's servant

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One of the 12 disciples attempts to walk on water like Jesus but loses his nerve. Who is the disciple?
Judas
Peter
No one walks on water like Jesus. Peter follows Jesus' command to join him in walking on the raging sea, but he gets scared and starts to sink. Jesus then scolds him for doubting his power.
James
John

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The disciples James, Peter, Andrew and John all shared what profession before meeting Jesus?
Carpenter
Shepherd
Soldier
Fisherman
The Gospels make the point that Jesus' 12 disciples were mostly ordinary men. At least four of the disciples were fishermen before Jesus came and promised to make them "fishers of men."

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What does Jesus do for Bartimaeus, in the Book of Mark?
He drives out his demons.
He heals him of blindness.
Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, hears Jesus is near and calls out to him, asking for help. Moved by Bartimaeus' faith in spite of the people trying to shush him, Jesus heals the man.
He brings him back to life.
He heals him so he can walk.

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Lazarus has two sisters. What are their names?
Rachel and Leah
Anne and Bethany
Elizabeth and Sarah
Mary and Martha
Jesus stays at Mary and Martha's house. While Martha stays busy being hostess, Mary is absorbed by Jesus' words. Jesus tells Martha that Mary is doing the right thing. Chores can wait!

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The garden where Jesus prays just before he is arrested is called what?
Thessalonica
Gethsemane
Jesus goes to the garden of Gethsemane alone to pray after the Last Supper. This is referred to as the "Agony in the Garden" because Jesus knew he was about to be arrested and executed.
Caesarea
Bethesda

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Pontius Pilate offers to pardon a prisoner for Passover. To his surprise, the crowd demands this prisoner be released instead of Jesus.
Herod
John the Baptist
Simon
Barabbas
Barabbas was a revolutionary who'd been imprisoned for rioting against the Romans. According to the Gospels, the rowdy crowds insist that they want Barabbas freed instead of Jesus.

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After Judas returns the 30 pieces of silver because it is blood money, the priests use the money to do what?
Buy a potter's field
Wracked by guilt for betraying Jesus, Judas returns the 30 pieces of silver before killing himself. The priests use the money to open a paupers' grave as a place to bury the poor.
Buy candles for the temple
Feed the poor
Pay for Jesus' burial

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How many books are in the New Testament?
27
The number of books in the Old Testament differs according to different religions. But the New Testament consistently has 27 books, including the Gospels, Acts, Epistles and Revelation.
32
39
46

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Two prophets appear next to Jesus during the Transfiguration. Who are they?
Elisha and Elijah
Jeremiah and Isaiah
Moses and Elijah
Jesus' transfiguration occurs atop a mountain, in which he glows radiantly and speaks to Moses, Elijah and God. All the major Christian sects celebrate this miraculous event.
Daniel and Jonah

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