Are You a Bible Master?

Robin Tyler

Who was the strongman of the Bible?

The book of Judges in the Old Testament tells the story of Samson. Known for his amazing strength, Samson not only killed a lion with his bare hands, he also killed many Philistines, Israel's enemies at the time, using just a donkey jawbone. His strength came from his long hair and when Deliah sold him out the Philistines after cutting his hair, Samson was captured. God gave him one last display of strength, however, and he destroyed a Philistine temple by pushing over its support pillars, killing himself and all inside.

Which of these books of the Bible does not mention the word, God?

A book of the Bible that doesn't mention the word, God? Yes, in fact, there are two! The first is the book of Esther and the second is Song of Songs.

Of Jesus' disciples, which is usually pictured carrying a purse?

When portrayed in paintings, Matthew is often seen carrying a purse. Why is this? Well, before he was called to serve God as a disciple of Jesus, Matthew was a tax collector.

On the fifth day of creation, what did God create?

On the fifth day of creation, God created sea creatures and birds. This is documented in Genesis 1, from verses 20 to 23 in the Old Testament of the Bible. These were the first inhabitants of the Earth.

Simon of Cyrene played a crucial role during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. What was it?

After he had suffered at the hands of the Romans, who had whipped him and beaten him, Jesus was unable to carry his cross to Calvary as most crucifixion victims were forced to do. The Romans forced Simon the Cyrene to do it. And if you are wondering where Cyrene is, well it was located in northern Africa.

True or false? Once he was banished from Eden for murdering his brother, Cain settled in the land of Goash.

Cain was banished from the Garden of Eden for killing his brother, Abel. In Genesis 4:16, the Bible mentions that he settled in Nod, which was to the east of Eden.

Where was Jesus born?

Although Jesus was brought up in Nazareth, the town where his parents Joseph and Mary lived, he was born in Bethlehem. Near the time of Jesus' birth, Joseph, who was born in Bethlehem, had to return to the city for a census. Jesus was born on their arrival in the city.

Eleven of Jesus' apostles, tasked with taking the Gospel to the world, died horrible deaths. Who died of natural causes?

While bringing the Gospel to the world, the disciples endured horrible deaths. For example, Paul was beheaded in Rome and Peter was crucified upside down. John, however, died on the island of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation and is said to have died from natural causes. (Note: There is some disagreement among biblical scholars as to whether the author of Revelation was John the Apostle. Some believe it was a different John and have identified him as John the Divine.)

Which beast tricks Adam and Eve to eat a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge against God's will?

God forbid Adam and Eve from eating from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. The serpent, however, which is seen as the devil, convinced Eve to eat the fruit and she, in turn, convinced Adam to do so, breaking God's command.

Who was Moses' brother?

Aaron plays an important part in the story of Moses and the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, often serving as his brother's spokesman in dealing with Pharoah. He was later appointed the first high priest of the Israelites.

What does the fifth commandment given to the Israelites by God command?

It certainly would seem that the 10 Commandments are listed in order of importance, especially as they start out with that there are to be no other gods worshipped other than God. So, honoring one's father and mother is very important. It is preceded by keeping the Sabbath holy and followed by don't murder.

Can you name the son of Adam and Eve, brother to Cain and Abel?

The third son of Adam and Eve, Seth, was born after Cain murdered Abel. He is the only other offspring of Adam and Eve mentioned by name in the Bible. Noah is from the line of Seth.

Can you name the Egyptian for whom Joseph worked?

The book of Genesis tells us that Joseph worked for Potiphar, gaining his trust. It also tells us that Potiphar was a military man and captain of the guards of Pharaoh's palace.

How many books are there in the Old Testament?

There are 39 books in the Old Testament. It is thought that it was written by around 25 authors, including Moses, David, Solomon, Samuel and Ezra, among others. The first five books of the Bible, written by Moses, were completed around 1300 BC.

God created man and animals on which day of the creation process?

The book of Genesis sets out the creation order of the universe and all in it quite clearly. On day six of the creation, God created man (Adam) and all the animals and creatures of the Earth. Genesis 1:26 reads: “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Where was Jesus crucified?

Golgotha, also known as the "Place of the skulls," was found just outside the walls of Jerusalem. Christians prefer to refer to it as Calvary. It is estimated by the time frame laid out in the Bible, that Jesus took around six hours to die.

Please identify the Old Testament prophet who was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire?

The story of the prophet Elijah taken up to heaven is told in 2 Kings 2:11. While he was talking to Elisha, a wind spirited him away into a chariot that was on fire, pulled by horses that were on fire. He was never seen again.

Can you name the man who entered a lion's den but wasn't mauled to death?

Daniel was a servant in the high office of Darius the Mede. He was hated by Darius' other advisors, who tricked Darius into issuing a decree that said no one other than Darius may be worshipped. Daniel ignored this and, despite his reluctance, Darius had to act. He elected to have Daniel thrown into a lion's den. The next day, he returned to see if Daniel was alive. Daniel had survived, and he explained that he was blameless in God's eyes, therefore God had sent an angel who had bound the lions' mouths shut.

Complete this Bible verse. "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, ...

This verse comes from Matthew 5:44. This was the first time that Jesus addressed the masses and it is known as the Sermon on the Mount. This passage in the Bible also includes the Beatitudes.

How long did Adam live?

It seems all the men in the early part of the New Testament lived long lives. Adam was said to have lived 930 years. His third son, Seth, a forefather of Noah, lived 912 years.

Which famous psalm is often called "The Lord is My Shepherd"?

Psalm 23 is perhaps one of the most well-known and famous passages in the Bible, known by Christians and non-Christians alike. This psalm was written by David before he was King. At the time, King Saul, who was jealous of David, was looking to kill him.

Jacob had 12 sons. The Bible also mentioned he had a daughter. Do you know her name?

Dinah is named in the Old Testament as a daughter of Jacob. Although he may have had others, she is the only one mentioned. Dinah's story is told in Genesis 34.

What is the ninth book of the Old Testament?

The First Book of Samuel tells of God's plan to establish a monarchy as ruler over the Israelites. That first king is to be Saul, but after a promising start, he is a failure. This paves the way for David to become king, which is described later in the Old Testament.

Can you name the son of Saul, David's best friend?

Once David joined Saul's household, he and Jonathan became friends. As Saul began to sour toward David, it was Jonathan who tried to change his father's mind, but he was unsuccessful. Jonathan then warned David that Saul was jealous and wanted to kill him. Jonathan and Saul were eventually killed by the Philistines.

True or false? Jehoash is the oldest man ever mentioned in the Bible.

Methuselah is a figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. He is mentioned in the book of Genesis. Genesis 5:27 has his age as 969. "Thus all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty-nine years; and he died." Jehoash, who is also known as Joash, was a king of Judah.

Which of these is not a book of the Old Testament?

Enoch is not a book of the Old Testament. The Bible makes references to two men named Enoch. One was the son of Cain. The other was the son of Jared and the father of Methuselah, the oldest man in the Bible, who lived for 969 years.

In order to marry Laban's daughter, Rachel, what was Jacob expected to do?

The story of Jacob, Laban and Rachel is told in Genesis 29:16-30. Jacob was tricked by Laban into working 14 years for the hand of Rachel in marriage. Jacob was to marry her after seven years, but Laban married off his oldest daughter, Leah, instead, something Jacob only found out the next morning. And so he worked another seven years to marry Rachel.

Perhaps the most famous book in the Bible, what does John 3:16 say?

One of the most famous Bible verses is found in John 3:16. In it, the author explains exactly how much God loves his creation, so much so that he offers his own son to take away the sin of man.

Complete the verse. "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of _____."

This verse is found in the Old Testament, Exodus 20:2 to be exact. It tells of how God saved his people from the Egyptians who had enslaved them.

"______, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God." Which of God's servants' names is missing here?

Paul is one of the great apostles. From persecuting the Jews, he transformed into a follower of Jesus after encountering God on the road to Damascus. This passage is taken from Romans 1:1.

Which religious teacher proclaimed the coming of the Messiah and later baptized him?

John the Baptist is mentioned in many religious texts, including the Bible. Jesus' mother, Mary, and John's mother, Elizabeth, were related, with the Bible mentioning the word "cousins" although, at that time, the word was used to refer to a relative and didn't necessarily mean cousin as we know it. John was later beheaded under the ​instruction of King Herod.

True or false? Jesus raised a leper from the dead.

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. In doing so, Jesus showed that he had power over everything. Lazarus had been dead for four days before Jesus performed his miracle. Lazarus, however, was not a leper.

One of Jesus' disciples, what did Simon Peter do before he was called to serve the Lord?

Simon Peter and his brother, Andrew, were fishermen in the town of Galilee. Jesus passed them one day and told them to leave their father and follow him. Matthew 4:19: "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." They did and became his apostles.

How many plagues did God send against the Egyptians in an effort to have them free the Israelites?

Moses was tasked by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Pharaoh, however, would not allow them to leave. After all, they were his slave labor. God sent 10 plagues against the Egyptians, each worse than the last. The final one saw each and every firstborn struck down by the angel of death. Pharaoh finally let the Israelites leave.

True or false? God commanded Abram to build an ark for his family to save them from the coming flood?

The story of Noah is told in the book of Genesis. God tells Noah to build an ark and collect two of each animal type to put on it, along with his family. God intends to destroy the world by flood and the ark will protect Noah, his family and the animals.

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About This Quiz

A book held dear by the estimated 3 billion Christians in the world, the Bible is indeed a fascinating book, even to some who would not consider themselves at all religious.

Certainly one of the oldest books in the history of the world, even today you can walk into your local bookshop and by a copy. But before the invention of the printing press, that was not the case. In fact, there wasn't a Bible available for people to use in their homes. The only copies would be handwritten and in the possession of religious leaders. Today, more than 100 million copies of the Bible are sold each year. 

And there certainly are not many ancient manuscripts in the world like it. If you are a believer, then it is the word of God, given down to man to help instruct, rebuke, teach, guide and so much more. It continues to have a profound impact on the world. In countries where Christians are persecuted, it could cost them their lives if they are found in possession of one. 

Just how much do you know about the "Good Book"? This quiz will seriously put you to the test and help determine if you are a Bible Master. Good luck!


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