Great Big Bible Challenge II

Knowing that Psalms is the only book in the Bible that mentions God laughing or that Adam was the first patient to be operated on under anesthetic won’t help you unlock the Bible’s secrets, but it could help you pass one of philcallaway.com’s Bible Challenges with flying colors. How well do you know God’s Word? Relax for a few minutes and find out. You may even want to grab a pencil and keep score.

1. Where did the phrase “wolf in sheep’s clothing” originate?

        Aesop’s Fables? Go to 21. The Bible? Go to 9.

2. What was the first of the ten plagues of Egypt?

        Frogs? Go to 8. Blood? Go to 15. Darkness? Go to 10.

3. No. John tells the story of Jesus’ choosing Peter first in John 1:42. Now, go to 5.

4. Correct. This queen of the Medo-Persian Empire saved her people from an attempted holocaust. Now, on to 11.

5. Were angels present at the Creation of the world?

        Yes? Go to 12. No? Go to 28.

6. Although many of David’s prayers are recorded in the Psalms, it was Daniel who was thrown to the lions for praying three times a day. Go to 26.

7. Close. Aaron’s Rod, not Moses’ Rod was in the Ark (Heb. 9:4). Now, to find out how many minutes it will take you to read the Bible right through, see number 50.

8. Close, but no diploma. The first plague God sent (when Pharoah refused to let His people go) was blood. Exodus 7 tells us that blood was everywhere, even in the wooden buckets and stone jars. The frogs came next. Now, jump to 37.

9. Good start! Matthew 7:15 says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Many of the phrases we use every day originated in Scripture. Others include “holier than thou” (Isaiah 65:5), “a drop in a bucket” (Isaiah 40:15), and “the blind leading the blind” (Matt. 15:14). Now go to number 33.

10. Close, but no blue ribbon. The first plague God sent (when Pharoah refused to let His people go) was blood. Exodus 7 tells us that blood was everywhere, even in the wooden buckets and stone jars. The darkness came later. Now, on to 37.

11. Who said, “How can a man be born when he is old”?

        Jesus? Go to 42. Nicodemus? Go to 40.

12.  Very good. Job 38:1-7 tells us about it. By the way, did you know that the Bible has 22 different names for the fallen angel, Satan? You were not required to know this for the exam. Now, fly on to 41.

13. Very good! The New Testament was written in Greek, most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and part of Daniel was in Aramaic. Go to 2.

14. No. This year of emancipation and restoration was to be kept every fifty years. Now, there’s only one question left. Go to 47.

15. Right you are. Speaking of first things, go to 37.

16. Sorry. James was probably the brother of Jesus. Luke was a doctor and a Gentile by birth. Go to 43.

17. Right. Ezekiel 32:2 mentions a monster in the seas (so does Job). Now, carefully set sail for 27.

18. Yes. Now, on to 44.

19. Right. In fact, either answer is correct. After Nabal died, however, Abigail became David’s wife. You can read the fascinating story in 1 Samuel 25. Now, let’s head for 29.

20. Who was the first disciple chosen by Jesus?

        John? Go to 3. Peter? Go to 48.

21. Uh oh! Better start again.

22. Sorry. The New Testament was written in Greek, most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and part of Daniel was in Aramaic. If you missed this one, you’re not alone. Go to 2.

23. Sorry. Revelation mentions various horrifying images, but no sea monster. Now, carefully set sail for 27.

24. Not even close. Bukki was the son of Jogli, a leader of the tribe of Dan. If you knew that, claim twelve extra points. Then go to 20.

25. Right. (If you got this one wrong, you’re in trouble!) After her husband Nabal died, Abigail married David. You can read the fascinating story in 1 Samuel 25. Now, let’s head for 29.

26. Who is the only Gentile in an all-Jewish cast of New Testament writers?

        Luke? Go to 39. James? Go to 16.

27. The year of Jubilee comes how often for the Israelite?

        Every 7 years? Go to 14. Every 50 years? Go to 38.

28. Sorry. Job 38:1-7 tells us that they were. Now, fly on to 41.

29. How many languages was the Bible first written in?

        One? Go to 35. Two? Go to 22. Three? Go to 13.

30. Wrong. Abel was the first shepherd. He was also murdered by his brother Cain. Now, on to 44.

31. Ruth was David’s great grandmother, but not the first beauty queen. Try again.

32. Correct. Journey back to the amazing story in the book of Esther. Then travel on to 20.

33. Who prayed 3 times a day at an open window?

        David? Go to 6. Daniel? Go to 45.

34. Which book of the Bible mentions “sea monsters”?

        Ezekiel? Go to 17. Job? Go to 46. Revelation? Go to 23.

35. Sorry. Try 29 again.

36. Very good. Now, to find out how long it will take you to read the Bible right through, go to 50.

37. Who was history’s first murderer?

        Abel? Go to 30. Cain? Go to 18.

38. Right. The jubilee year belonged to the Lord and brought emancipation and restoration. Now, on to 47.

39. Good guess. Dr. Luke, believed to be the author of Luke and Acts, was well-educated in Greek culture. Antioch (of Syria) and Philippi are among the places suggested as his hometown. Go to 43 and an easier one.

40. Right. Nicodemus later defended Jesus before the Sanhedrin (John 7:50-52) and openly assisted in the burial of Jesus’ body (19:39-42). Now, on to 34.

41. Who won the first beauty contest?

        Ruth? Go to 31. Esther? Go to 4.

42. Sorry. Nicodemus asked this of Jesus in John 3:4. Go to 34.

43. Abigail was the wife of:

        Nabal? Go to 19. David? Go to 25.

44. Who was hung on a gallows fifty cubits (about seventy-five feet) high?

        Voltaire? Go to 49. Haman? Go to 32. Bukki? Go to 24.

45. Right. As a result, Daniel became the first lion tamer. Now, the questions are about to get tougher. Move on to 26.

46. Correct. Job 7:12 mentions the monster of the deep. So does Ezekiel. Now, carefully set sail for 27.

47. What was in the Ark in the Tabernacle?

        The Ten Commandments, Moses’ Rod, and a pot of manna? Go to 7.

        The Ten Commandments, Aaron’s Rod, and a pot of manna? Go to 36.

48. Right. Speaking of right, did you know that the Hittites sometimes wrote from right to left on one line and then from left to right on the next? Now you know. Go to 5.

49. Sorry. Voltaire was a famous 18th century writer. He predicted that the Bible would be gone within one hundred years. Fifty years after his death, the printing press he owned was being used to print Bibles, and the house he had lived in was the distributing center. If you knew this, claim an extra point. Then go to 20.

50. Reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in one year takes about 12 minutes a day (73 hours). Well, it’s time to add up your score.

        3-6 correct: Run to your local book store and buy a Bible.

        7-9: Not bad.

        10-12: Impressive.

        13-15: Downright scholarly.

Questions for the kid in you¼

1. Where were freeways first mentioned in the Bible?

2. How old were the goats when Adam named them? 

3. How many books in the Old Testament were named after Esther?

4. Who introduced the first walking stick?

5. What did the skunks on the Ark have that no other animals had? 

Kid in you answers: 1. Genesis 1:30—”The Lord made every creeping thing”; 2. They were only kids; 3. Twenty-two. The rest were named before Esther; 4. Eve...when she presented Adam with a little Cain; 5. Baby skunks.

For experts only¼

1. What is the first color mentioned in the Bible? 

2. Absalom caught his hair in what kind of a tree? 

3. Who slept in the land of Nod?

4. Zipporah had a very famous husband. What was his name?

5. How many locks of hair did Delilah cut from Samson’s head? 

Expert Answers: 1. Green (Genesis 1:30); 2. Oak (2 Sam. 18:9) ; 3. Cain (Gen. 4:16); 4. Moses (Exodus 2:21); 5. Seven (Judges 16:18,19).  

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