Quiz: Do You Know What Great Deed (or Misdeed) This Bible Character Is Known For?
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Do You Know What Great Deed (or Misdeed) This Bible Character Is Known For?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

The Bible has some great stories -- so good that Hollywood has raided some of them for the plots of movies! (See: "The Ten Commandments," "Jesus of Nazareth," and more). At the center of every great Biblical story is a mighty hero for the Lord, or a rogue who listened to the devil perched on their shoulder. 

It's also worth noting that God -- especially in the Old Testament -- seems to have a soft spot for unlikely heroes, even antiheroes. There's more than one rogue in the scriptures who struggles with a taste for the ladies, or a quick temper, or a streak of skepticism about God's ability to actually carry out His plans. Time and again, the Lord patiently brings these imperfect sinners back to the task at hand. Moses thought he almost certainly wasn't the right man to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Jonah disliked the pagans of Nineveh so much that he literally ran away from God's command to preach to them. He found out the hard way you can't hide from God!

You probably know who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. But the Bible's lesser-known characters are intriguing as well. Who refused to dance for a heathen king -- thus giving a faithful Israelite woman a chance to ascend to queenhood? Who sold his birthright for lentil stew? And who brought down an entire temple on himself and a large number of Philistines? (Hint: He was renowned for his great strength, which, in turn, was based on his never cutting his long locks). 

Can you separate the sheep from the wolves -- and identify what exactly they did to make religious history? Try your luck now!

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Who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver?
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Who killed his brother, becoming humanity's first murderer?
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Who ascended to the throne when Queen Vashti refused to "display her beauty" for guests of the king?
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Who killed a legion of Philistines with the jawbone of an ass?
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Who built the ark that saved humanity?
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Who led his people out of the land of Egypt?
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He brought Goliath down with a slingshot and stone.
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Who lied to a king, saying Sarah was his sister, not his wife?
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Who wrestled an angel to a draw?
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Who betrayed Samson to the Philistines?
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According to Genesis, he lived an astounding 969 years.
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He didn't die, but was taken up to heaven by God.
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He led the battle of Jericho.
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She killed the military leader Sisera with a tent peg.
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He raped his half-sister Tamar, incurring Absalom's anger.
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He wrote many of the psalms, in addition to his other accomplishments.
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She asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter.
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He survived being thrown into a lions' den.
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Who cut off a soldier's ear in the Garden of Gethsemane?
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He/she held back money owed to the early church, from a sale of land.
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He walked right out of jail, with the help of an angel.
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He ordered the youngest children of Bethlehem killed, hoping to destroy the Messiah who had just been born.
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Shown all the kingdoms of the world, and promised them, he still refused to worship the devil.
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He tricked his father into giving him his brother's blessing.
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He interpreted Pharaoh's dreams and prevented a famine.
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He caused the sun to stand still (well, with God's intervention).
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This friend of David fell in battle alongside his father, Saul.
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In the story of the poor man's lamb, he spoke the truth to a king.
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He tried to overthrow his father, King David, but died with his head stuck in a tree.
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She hid Israelite spies in her home in Jericho.
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He built the most elaborate temple that Israel had yet had.
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She brought gold, precious stones and spices to King Solomon when she visited.
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He predicted a child's birth to a barren woman -- and later raised him from the dead.
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He wanted to destroy the Jews, all because one of them, Mordecai, offended him.
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They survived being thrown into a fiery furnace.
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