Great Big Bible Challenge I

While knowing Bible trivia is no guarantee that you will let the truths of Scripture sink in, it may help you pass this quiz. So grab the kids or a friend, hang onto your mouse and take our first ever philcallaway.com Bible quiz. We think you'll have a few laughs along the way.

1.   How many books are found in the Bible?

52: Go to 12.

66: Go to 21.

2.  Genesis 8:7 tells us that Noah first sent out a raven. It flew back and forth unable to locate land. Later Noah sent out a dove. When the dove came back with nothing, they waited another seven days. This time the dove returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf. Move on to 45.

3. Where is the following verse found: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

            1 John 2:9: Go to 42.

            1 John 1:9: Go to 41.

4. Good for you. Actually, both answers are right. Don't you wish there were test like this in high school? Go to 40.

5. Which book is the only one to mention the visit of the wise men to the infant Jesus?

            Matthew: Go to 33.

            Mark: Go to 16.

            Luke: Go to 29.

            John: Go to 34.

 6. Who coined the term “born again?”

            Jimmy Carter: Go to 15.

            The Apostle Paul: Go to 20.

            Jesus Christ: Go to 25.

7. That wasn’t so hard. But just wait. On to 6.

8. Adam and Eve had two sons. Which came first:

Cain? Go to 38.

Abel? Go to 47.

9. Oops. Hezekiah was a king, not a book. We won’t tell anyone. Go quietly to 6.

10. Right you are. (See 2 Kings 22:1). Move on to 17.

11. Who wrote the Book of Colossians?

            Paul: Go to 18.

            Peter: Go to 30.

12. Sorry. There are 52 weeks in the year, but 66 books in the Bible. Go on to 21.

13. The book of Hezekiah is found in

            The New Testament: Go to 9.

            The Old Testament: Go to 9.

            Neither: Go to 7.

14. Congratulations. You have reached the end. But before you check out philcallaway.com’s other exciting features and order all kinds of books, do you know what is unique about Psalm 118? Go to 50 to find out.

15. Wrong. Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States but Someone else was the first to use the term “born again” when it wasn’t so popular. Go back to 6.

16. Sorry. Go back to 5 and try again.

17. Moses watched God part the Red Sea. But someone else watched water divide before crossing over. Who was it?

            Jonah: Go to 23.

            Elisha: Go to 19.

18. Right you are. Go to 8.

19. Good for you. Elisha struck the water with Elijah’s coat and the water divided (2 Kings 2:14). We’re off to 14.

20. Whoops. Wrong answer. Go on to 25.

21. Congratulations! You’re batting 1000. There are 27 books in the New and 39 in the Old. You didn’t necessarily need to know that. On to number 5.

22. Uh oh! Benjamin was the youngest of Jacob’s sons. Go back to 39.

23. Sorry. Jonah was well acquainted with water, but he never parted any. Go back to 17.

24. How old was Josiah when he became king of Judah?

            13: Go to 49.

            8: Go to 10.

25. Right you are. Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:3: “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Go to 37.

26. Good for you. Not to pop your bubble, but the other answer was right as well. Go to 40.

27. Sorry. Mathew, Mark, Luke and John are referred to as the “Gospels.” Go back to 37.

28. Correct. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and eventually became Governor of Egypt. Go to 11.

29. No. Luke contains much wisdom but no mention of the wise men. Go back to 5 and try again.

30. Wrong. Move on to 18.

31. After the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat, which bird did Noah first send out to find dry land?

            A raven: Go to 2.

            A dove: Go to 46.

32. Correct! In John 20:27 the resurrected Jesus invites Thomas to examine His wounds. Thomas respond, “My Lord and my God!” Go to 39.

33. Right you are. Go to 13.

34. Sorry. Go back to 5 and try again.

35. Good guess! Genesis 23:1 says that Sarah, Abraham’s wife lived to be 127 years old. Go to 3.

36. Sorry. Sarah (right...not an actual photo) lived to the ripe old age of 127. Go to 3.

37. The first five books of the Old Testament are called

            The Gospels: Go to 27.

            The Pentateuch: Go to 43.

38. In Genesis 4:1,2 Eve says, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” She had given birth to Cain. Go to 24.

39. Which one of Jacob’s sons became a celebrated ruler in Egypt?

            Benjamin: Go to 22.

            Joseph: Go to 28.

40. Who was the first disciple to directly call Jesus “God”?

            Peter: Go to 44.

            Thomas: Go to 32.

41. Correct. 1 John was written by the apostle and author of the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation. He was a fisherman, and “the disciple Jesus loved.” Go to 31.

42. Sorry. 1 John 2:9 says, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.” Memorize it then go back to 3.

43. Way to go. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are called the “Pentateuch” (though Moses didn’t know it at the time). So you haven’t been stumped yet? Just you wait. Move on to 48.

44. Wrong. Go back to 40.

45. What place in the Holy Land was called the “city of David”?

            Jerusalem: Go to 4.

            Bethlehem: Go to 26.

46. Sorry. Levitical law stated that a woman who gave birth and couldn’t afford a lamb as an offering was to bring two doves or two young pigeons to the priest. But the first bird to fly out of the Ark wasn’t a dove. Wing your way to 2.

47. Wrong. Hebrews 11:4 says that God looked with favor on Abel and his offering. Cain, however was Adam and Eve’s firstborn son. Go back to 38.

48. The only woman whose age is mentioned in the Bible is:

            Sarah: Go to 35.

            Mary: Go to 36.

49. Sorry. Josiah was 8 when he became king. Read 2 Kings 22:1 twice, then go to 10.

50. Psalm 118 is sandwiched between the shortest and the longest chapters in the Bible. Aren't you glad you don't need to know that to get into heaven? Well, it’s time to tally your score. Then go ahead and email a link of this page to a friend.

1-2 correct: Yikes. Check out some amusing facts, request a copy of Servant magazine and brush up on your Bible skills.

3-4: Not bad at all, treat yourself to a copy of the author’s book (link here)!

4-5: It’s time to e-mail a friend and ask them to check out this quiz.

6 and up: It’s time to enroll at Prairie Bible College, then go for your doctorate!

How did you do? Email and let us know.

Bible Groaners (puns we tried not to laugh at):

1. What kind of soap does God use to keep the oceans clean?

2. When Eve left the garden, what did Adam say?

3. If a man (like the one at the right) crossed the Jordan River twice without a bath what would he be?

4. What is in the wall of Jerusalem that the Israelites did not put there?

5. Why were Elijah’s parents smart business people? 

Answers to Bible Groaners: 1. Tide; 2. Eve is absent without leaf; 3. A dirty double-crosser; 4. Cracks; 5. Because they made a little prophet.  

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