Can We Guess If You've Ever Read the Bible?

RELIGION

Elisabeth Henderson

5 Min Quiz

What are the two main divisions of the Bible?

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What does John say will happen to anyone who takes away words from the book of Revelation?

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What is John’s expressed purpose in writing the book of John?

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Who wrote the first 5 books of the Bible?

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What does the Bible say about how the world was created?

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What would happen if all the acts of Jesus were written down, according to John?

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What kind of advice did Job’s friends give him after he lost everything?

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Which gospel is not considered a synoptic gospel?

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What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

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Who is Saul?

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What was the purpose of the whale in Jonah?

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What may surprise some about Jesus’ genealogy?

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What is the longest psalm?

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What is the book of Leviticus about?

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What was the fault that got Daniel thrown in the lion’s den?

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Which king saw the "writing on the wall?"

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What is the context for the beatitudes?

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In which gospel does Jesus say, “My kingdom is not of this world”?

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What is the essence of the law and the prophets?

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What does the book of Ecclesiastes say about everything that is done under the sun?

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On what island did Paul encounter vipers?

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What did God do for Adam and Eve before he expelled them from Eden?

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What does the Old Testament say about hell?

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How are people saved?

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In which gospel does Jesus repeatedly tell people not to tell others about him?

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What were language were the gospels written in?

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What’s the moral of the story of Ananias and Sapphrya, who lied and were struck dead by God?

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Why did the disciples speak in different languages in the story of Pentecost?

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What is faith?

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What are Joseph’s (the father of Jesus) most famous words?

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About This Quiz

Whether or not you’re a Christian, there’s no denying that the Bible has been one of the most influential books of all time. The Bible has been the fulcrum of Western Civilization. How does the Bible permeate the culture? The words, ideas, phrases, metaphors, and ways of understanding what it means to be human that originate in the Bible have historically shaped our language, arts, government and so much more.

The Bible is also recognized as valuable literature in its own right. Universities commonly have “Bible as Literature” courses, dedicated to exploring the literary complexities present in the 66 books. The Bible has existed as a recognized canon since the 3rd century. With genres ranging from historical narrative, poetry, prophecy, law, letters and romances, this collection of ancient books provides as valuable a glimpse into the human experience as any literature available to us. 

Of course, many people don’t read the Bible only as literature or to understand our culture, but to hear the word of God spoken to them. Many people have the Bible imprinted on their minds from a young age, memorizing verses at church and home until they couldn’t forget it if they tried. Regardless of why or how you approach the Bible, it remains a powerful text; and people use this power all the time, quoting the Bible right and left to serve their purposes. Do you know the book well enough to know if they’re taking it out of context or offering a false interpretation? Take this quiz to find out whether you’ve got the Bible memorized, or if you’re getting duped by those Bible quotations!

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