You're Going to Really Need to Know the Bible If You Want to Ace This Quiz!



By: Tasha Moore

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About This Quiz

Take this intense Bible quiz if you seek to test your expert-level Bible knowledge or if you desire to increase your wisdom. This quiz is all about the details. Be prepared to identify the correct names of places, people and things in the Bible. Both the Old and New Testaments are covered here, with special attention given to matters that occurred after Jesus' Ascension into heaven. 

Prepare for this Bible study trial by resuscitating your book of Acts facts. Nail down Biblical mechanics, such as the function of epistles and their authorship. Get picky when it comes to parables and teachings of Jesus that are not so prominently referenced. Indeed, the teachings mentioned here are rich in meaning and instructional value, nonetheless. When the word "parable" comes to mind, many people probably first think of the Parable of the Prodigal Son or the Parable of the Good Samaritan. But do you recall the Parable of the Talents?

This quiz stars Apostle Paul, loyal disciples, several of the more obscure New Testament figures and a few Old Testament heavyweights. All names are of equal importance, at least for this quiz. Brush up on a few or more bits of Bible intel beforehand, but do not tarry!

What is the name of the location where Jesus died?

Before taking Jesus to Calvary to be executed, Pontius Pilate's soldiers beat and crowned him with thorns while deriding him as "King of the Jews." Calvary is also called "Golgotha."


According to the Gospel of Mark, to whom did Jesus first appear after his resurrection?

The Nicene Creed in Christianity refers to Jesus' Resurrection when it states that Jesus rose again on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. Mary Magdalene was one of three people who observed Jesus after his Resurrection.


What eventually happened to Judas after Jesus' arrest?

The 27th chapter of Matthew reveals how Judas "cast down" the bribe he received in exchange for betraying Jesus, which was 30 pieces of silver. The chief priests retrieved the money thereafter and insisted the bribe wasn't suitable for the treasury because it was the "price of blood."


According to the book of Mark, what did Jesus' mourners bring with them to anoint him at his sepulcher?

The mourners who went to anoint Jesus with sweet spices at his sepulcher included Mary Magdalene, Mary (who was James's mother) and Salome. When they arrived, they were amazed to see that the sepulcher stone had been rolled away.


According to the New Testament, what is the Mark of the Beast?

The Mark of the Beast is recorded in the last verse of chapter 13 of the book of Revelation. The verse refers to this mark as "the number of a man." Earlier in the same chapter, it states that the beast "spake like a dragon."


At Jesus' sentencing Pilate said, "I find no fault in this man," to a multitude and to which distinguished group?

The book of Luke recounts Pilate's phrase of reluctance as, "I find no fault in this man." The book of John expresses Pilate's phrase about Jesus as, "I find no fault in him."


In the New Testament, who wrote the epistle to the Colossians?

The book of Colossians is the 12th book of the New Testament and the seventh epistle written by the Apostle Paul. This instructional letter is written to the Colossians. It has been suggested that the Colossians inhabited an area that is referred to in the book of Revelation.


Who was Simon Peter's brother?

Simon Peter and Andrew were both fishermen by trade. While "casting a net into the sea," the two were called to be disciples.


On his missionary journeys, who did Paul seek to teach?

Before his conversion, Paul did not accept Christianity's tenet that Gentiles could be saved. After his conversion, Paul preached to the Gentiles that they could be accepted by God through Christ.


Who witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus?

According to the scriptures, Jesus and three of his disciples, Peter, James and John, went to a mountain to pray. It was there that rays of white light emitted from Jesus' body, and Moses and the prophet Elijah (or Elias) appeared and spoke with him.


Who beheaded John the Baptist?

John the Baptist is considered a major figure in Christianity. The New Testament recounts that he baptized Jesus before being imprisoned and ultimately beheaded.


The five foolish virgins in the book of Matthew "took their lamps, and took no" what with them?

Five of the ten virgins described in the story are wise, and five of them are described as foolish. When the virgins went to meet the bridegroom, the foolish virgins asked the wise virgins for their oil and were denied.


In the Parable of the Talents as told in the New Testament, where did the lazy servant place his one talent?

The gospel of Matthew recounts that the servant who hid his talent in the earth did so out of fear. The servant was severely ridiculed for reaping where his lord did not sow, and was mocked as a "wicked and slothful servant."


According to the Gospel of John, how many loaves of bread did Jesus start out with before he multiplied them?

The "Feeding the Multitude" miracle appears in all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). In the book of John, the bread is described as "five barley loaves."


Which New Testament book and chapter reveal the Sermon on the Mount?

In the book of Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount scenario spans from Chapter 5 to Chapter 7. While teaching on the mount, Jesus unveils his Beatitudes which are widely considered the moral foundation of Christian theology.


Which one of these biblical figures is not a disciple?

Zebedee was the father of John and James, who were two disciples of Jesus. Zebedee was not a disciple of Jesus and appears in the gospels of Mark and Matthew.


In the book of Acts, who is the first Christian martyr?

The book of Acts describes Stephen as "full of faith and power." Accused of blasphemy, Stephen was stoned to death.


In the book of John, Chapter 13, verse 23, "Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved," refers to which disciple?

Peter is also called "Simon Peter" or "Simon." According to the Bible, Peter witnessed Jesus' Transfiguration, and he was one of the apostles who preached during Pentacost about the Resurrection of Jesus, among other things.


What was revealed from heaven right before Saul fell on his way to Damascus?

Before his conversion, the apostle Paul's name was "Saul." The book of Acts describes how, before his conversion, Saul threatened slaughter to the disciples for their acts.


According to the New Testament, who was Timothy's mentor?

Titus and Timothy were two of Paul's assistants. Paul wrote instructional letters, or epistles, to burgeoning groups of Christian converts. He also sent his assistants to counsel these groups from time to time.


The term "El Shaddai" is translated as what in the Old Testament?

The God of Israel has many names in the Old Testament. In addition to "El Shaddai," "Exalted One" and "God the High" are mentioned in the Old Testament to describe the God of Israel.


Which gospel book of the New Testament starts with the verse, "In the beginning was the Word"?

The gospel of John is not considered a Synoptic Gospel. The Synoptic Gospels are the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and they all include different renditions of most of the same stories.


When Mary Magdalene first sees Jesus after his resurrection, she mistook him for a, what?

In the book of John, Mary Magdalene was so convinced that Jesus was the gardener, she weeps and asks him where he may have taken Jesus. After Jesus utters her name, she addresses the man with a title of respect: "Rabboni."


In the book of Acts, who took Paul's girdle and bound his own hands and feet?

In the 21st chapter of the book of Acts, Agabus is described as "a certain servant." He bound himself with Paul's girdle to warn Paul that he would be captured by the "Jews at Jerusalem" and delivered unto the Gentiles.


In the second book of Timothy, who does Paul say "refreshed" him and was not "afraid of [his] chain"?

The New Testament books of first and second Timothy are considered Pastoral Epistles, or instructional letters, that Paul addresses to his protege and companion, Timothy. Paul's third and final Pastoral Epistle is the book of Titus to whom the epistle is addressed. Pastoral epistles provide instruction to the pastors of the Christian church.


How many books are there in the New Testament?

There are 27 books in the New Testament and 39 books in the Old Testament. Some Christian denominations reference the 14 books of the Apocrypha as well.


Paul escaped from Damascus by what method?

The book of Acts recounts that the disciples took Paul by night. Before Paul was imprisoned to be persecuted and after he was converted, Ananias of Damascus healed Paul of blindness and baptized him.


Which one of these New Testament books in not an epistle?

The book of Mark is one of the four gospels of the New Testament and is not considered an epistle. The Apostle Paul wrote the books of Romans, Philippians and Titus, which are epistles.


In the 19th chapter of Acts, whose sons fled the house "naked and wounded"?

Sceva was a chief priest who had seven sons. A failed exorcism of a man caused the seven sons to flee.


How many days was Lazarus in his grave before Jesus arrived?

Lazarus' sisters were Mary and Martha. The sisters sought help while Lazarus was sick, but he died before Jesus arrived.


In Acts, what were the likenesses that were signs on Paul's ship of Alexandria?

The book of Acts recounts that Paul and his shipmates departed Alexandria in a ship "whose sign was Castor and Pollux." They landed at Syracuse, thereafter.


From which tribe was Paul?

In Paul's epistle to the Philippians, he describes himself as "the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews." During his work, Paul readily owned the fact that he was a Jew set out to preach salvation to the Gentiles.


Which verse in Jude states, "The Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints"?

The book of Jude is an epistle attributed to Jude and appears immediately before the book of Revelation in the New Testament. The book of Jude is one of the shortest books of the Bible and contains just one chapter.


What is the name of the place that God told Abraham to take his son to be used as a burnt offering?

Isaac's sacrifice was to take place at Moriah, which is a mountainous region described in the book of Genesis. Abraham began to follow God's orders to sacrifice his son before one of God's messenger's intervened, instructing Abraham to sacrifice a nearby ram instead.


Who wrote: "Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations"?

This quote is expressed in the first book of James in the second verse. The book is an epistle, or an instructional letter, written to the 12 tribes.


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