Can You Score at Least 31/35 on This Basic Bible Quiz?

By: Deborah Beckwin

How many books are in the Bible?

The Bible has many apocryphal (not considered canon to Protestants) books. The most widely used is the original Protestant version--the King James Version. More recent versions, such as the New International Version, still have 66 books, but the Catholic Bible has 73 books.

What is the name of the first book of the Bible?

The Book of Genesis (which means "origin") details the creation myth and the life of the first people that God created. It also details how Abraham was the forebearer of the Jewish people. It ends with the people of Israel in captivity in Egypt.

The Bible is divided into two main sections. What are they called?

The Old Testament is based off the Hebrew Bible, which is called the Tanakh. The New Testament includes biographical narratives about Jesus and the apostles, instructional letters to churches and a book of prophecy.

How many books are in the Old Testament?

In the Protestant version of the Bible, there are 39 books of the Old Testament. In the Catholic Bible, there are 46.

What is the name of the last book in the Old Testament?

The Book of Malachi is one of the 12 Minor Prophets. Minor here is not about importance, but about the length of the book. The Book of Malachi has three chapters.

What are the first five books of the Bible commonly called?

In Greek, the Pentateuch means "five books." These five books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Who is commonly believed to have written the Pentateuch?

The Abrahamic religions traditionally believe that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, which is known as the Torah in Judaism. It is also called the Law of Moses.

How many days did it take for God to create the world?

In the first chapter of Genesis, it details how God created the earth which goes from days 1 through 6. The beginning of the second chapter details how God rested from his work on the seventh day and how he made it holy.

Where did Adam and Eve live before they were cast out?

The Garden of Eden is also known as Paradise. Adam and Eve, the first humans, were created in this garden and lived there until they disobeyed God and were then banished.

Who committed the first murder?

The classic story of sibling rivalry is with Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve's first children. In the Book of Genesis, Cain's motive isn't explicitly laid out, but he did kill Abel after the Lord liked Abel's offering more than Cain's.

Who was the oldest man who ever lived?

Methuselah is Enoch's son and Noah's grandfather. He's primarily mentioned in this genealogy of Adam to Noah and is associated with living a long life.

Who had a coat of many colors?

Joseph was Jacob's favorite son, which is why he had the fancy coat. Jealous of the favoritism, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, but when was about 40, he was the vizier of Egypt, second in power only to the pharaoh. By being in a place of leadership in Egypt, Joseph was able to save his family from famine.

What happened after people built the tower of Babel?

According to the story, God was worried this unified group of people having one language and building this tower to Heaven would be unstoppable at anything they did. So he caused them to have multiple languages and scattered them across the earth.

How many people were on Noah's ark before the flood?

Noah had eight people on the ark, which was only his immediate family: Noah, Noah's wife, Noah's sons Ham, Shem, and Japheth, and their wives. Everyone else was left outside the big boat.

Who are two people who have never died?

According to Genesis, Enoch walked with God, "Then he was no more, because God took him away." In 2 Kings, Elijah "went up into heaven in the whirlwind," which had "a chariot of fire with horses of fire."

How many plagues did God bring upon Egypt?

According to the Book of Exodus, Moses, the leader of the Israelites, had asked the pharaoh of Egypt to free the Israelites from captivity. The last plague had an angel of death come and kill every firstborn son, but the Israelites who had smeared goat's or sheep's blood on the doorpost had the angel pass over their homes and not kill their children. With every Egyptian house affected, the Egyptians were afraid of more death, so the Israelites were then quickly forced out of Egypt.

Who was told to kill their only son as a sacrifice?

In the Book of Genesis, this story is about testing Abraham's faith in God. Abraham was ready to kill Isaac, but an angel stopped him. Abraham found a ram stuck in the bushes and sacrificed that animal instead.

Who spoke with God via a burning bush?

Moses was tending to his flocks and heard God call his voice. The voice of God came from the burning bush. This is where God told Moses to go and liberate the Israelites from slavery.

How many years did the Israelites wander in the wilderness after they left Egypt?

The Israelites took the very long, meandering way to get to the Promised Land, Canaan. The Book of Joshua explains that it took 40 years to get to Canaan because the Lord did not want anyone of military age to enter Canaan "since they had not obeyed the LORD."

Who were the three people thrown in a fiery furnace?

When Israelites were in captivity in Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three young Jewish men who refused to worship a golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had commanded everyone to worship. They were thrown in a furnace, which was made seven times hotter than usual. Not only did the men not burn, they were given promotions by Nebuchadnezzar, who said that no one could speak out against their God.

Who received the Ten Commandments?

After leaving Egypt, Moses went up to Mount Sinai to talk with the Lord, who came down as a cloud. This site is where he received the Ten Commandments, which were laws about only worshipping God and how to treat others.

What judge was known to be the strongest man on earth because of his religious vows, one of which included not cutting his hair?

Betrayed by his lover, Delilah, Samson's hair was cut and his eyes were gouged out. Samson is brought to a Philistine temple for a religious ceremony and asks God to give him back his strength so he could kill everyone in the temple. His prayers are answered and Samson breaks a pillar which collapses the temple, killing everyone including himself.

Who is known to have written nearly half of the Psalms?

David, who became king of Israel, was also known to be a musician. When he was in King Saul's courts, he would play the lyre for the king to soothe him. David has at least 73 psalms attributed to him in the Book of Psalms.

Which one of these animals talked to humans?

The serpent at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil spoke with Eve about eating from the tree, tempting her to defy God's order. The other animal that spoke in the Bible was a donkey asking Balaam not to hit him, a story found in the Book of Numbers, chapter 22.

Who was considered to be the wisest man in the world?

King Solomon was King David's son and was the last king to rule a united Israel before it split into the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah (the kingdom Solomon's descendants ruled). Solomon was not only very wise, but he was also very rich and powerful.

Who was thrown in a lion's den?

Daniel, a young Jewish nobleman, was thrown in a lion's den because he continued to pray to God three times a day after a law was passed saying that no one could worship any god for 30 days. Those who hated Daniel tricked King Darius into creating this law. God kept the lions' mouths closed while Daniel was in the den, so he remained safe.

What are the first four books of the New Testament called?

The Gospels (meaning "good news") give four different and at times overlapping accounts of the life of Jesus in 1st century Palestine. The first four books of the Bible are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Who is NOT considered to be a close disciple of Jesus' original 12?

Peter, James and John were considered to be part of Jesus' inner circle. Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' disciples, betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

Where was Jesus born?

The Gospels aren't consistent as to why Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The Gospel of Luke says it's because his parents, Joseph and Mary, had to go there for a census. The Gospel of Matthew mentions no census. Jesus grew up in Nazareth, lived in Capernaum during his ministry and had some notable moments in Jerusalem, including chasing out the money changers at a temple.

What was Jesus' first miracle?

Jesus' mother, Mary, tells Jesus about the wine running out. He then asks servants to bring out six water jars and to then draw some out for the master of the banquet. Unaware of the miracle Jesus had performed, the master told the groom that this wine was better than the first wine.

How many major prophets are in the Old Testament?

The term "Major Prophet" in the Bible has more to do with book length than importance. The Major Prophets are five books written by four prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations (written by Jeremiah), Ezekiel, and Daniel.

The time when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus' disciples and other followers of Christ is called what?

Pentecost was an important event in the founding of the early Christian church. In the Gospel of John, Jesus told his disciples about a "Spirit of truth" and an "Advocate" who could come after him. It's believe that this Advocate is the Holy Spirit.

Who wrote a large part of the New Testament?

Paul the Apostle, also known as Saul, was an integral part of the early Christian Church with his three missionary trips around the Mediterranean. His letters to different churches and specific individuals (e.g., Timothy) make up 13 out of the 27 books in the New Testament. He may have written the Book of Hebrews, but no one is certain who wrote that book.

What chapter in the New Testament is considered to be the "Love Chapter"?

1 Corinthians 13 is from the first letter to the church at Corinth, Greece written by Paul the Apostle. This chapter could be considered an ode to divine love.

What is the last book of the Bible?

The Book of Revelations is attributed to John, who may or may not be the same John who was Jesus' disciple. The book's vivid, apocalyptic imagery is considered by many Christians as a prophetic book about the end of the world and Jesus' second coming.

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About This Quiz

The Bible has been around for a long time and a lot of people have read it and continue to read it.

The most common version, the King James Version, has been in print since 1611. Since that initial printing, there have been 5 billion copies in print. That makes the Bible the most popular book in the world.

The Bible has significance to not only Christians. Many of the people and events in this book have importance to the other Abrahamic religions, Judaism and Islam. Fifty-four percent of the world's population  (close to 4 billion people) are believers of these religions. 

The people and events in the Bible are important to believers because they feel like it has relevance not only for themselves but for all humankind. That relevance is because these words come straight from God through divine inspiration.

This book outlines how the world was created by God and what people did after. It's a book about the relationship between God and people, especially about His chosen people. For most of the book, that focuses on the Jews and their history of walking with God. But the rest of the book explores how God came to earth and expanded being chosen to everyone who chooses to believe.

For some believers, what happens in the Bible happened exactly as it was written. For others, they are stories and allegories that explore bigger themes of humanity and divinity. Yet for those who don't believe, this book is full of myths which may have some historical significance, but more for those who believe in the Abrahamic religions.

Whatever you believe, we hope this quiz doesn't give you any Lamentations and that you may even find some Revelations. Good luck!


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