Great Big Bible Challenge III

How well do you know your Bible? It's time to hang onto your mouse and find out in another installment of Phil's Bible Challenge.

1. Who was the first to suggest that Jonah be thrown overboard?

Chrysostom? Go to 17. 

Jonah? Go to 7.

2. What is the last word in the Bible?

All? Go to 9. 

Amen? Go to 5.

3. Sorry. You’re thinking of another occasion. Stop for some nourishment, then on to 21.

4. How many days was Noah on the ark before it started to rain?

Three? (go to 20). 

Seven? (go to 14).

5. Very good. Go to 11.

6. Oops. That was on the sixth day. Go to 22.

7. Congratulations! You are batting 1000. As Mark Heard sang, Jonah went “from the boat to the belly, from the burp to the beach/Jonah’s off and running on his way to preach/you better bet those Ninevites heard the word of the Lord.” Now, we’re off to 4.

8. Very good. Now to 22.

9. least that’s the last word in the New Living Translation. Go to 11.

10. How many loaves of bread did Jesus use in feeding the 4000?            

Seven? Go to 13.

Five? Go to 3.

11. Who cut his hair only once a year?


Mata Jagbamba? Go to 18.

12. Yes. Read about it in Daniel 4. Then go to 2.

13. Right you are! Matt 15:36-38 tells the story. Go to 21.

14. Way to go! You’re on a roll. Now, on to 10.

15. Close, but no banana. Jacob dreamed about a ladder that stretched that far, but not a tree. Don’t give up, though. Have a short nap, then go to 2.

16. Yes. 2 Samuel 14 tells the story. By the way, did you know that in 1988 Denny Rowe shaved 1,994 men in 60 minutes, drawing blood 4 times? If you knew this, claim one bonus point. Then zip to 19.

17. Sorry! Saint John Chrysostom (c.347-407) did talk about water, though. He said, “It is not possible ever to exhaust the mind of the Scriptures. It is a well that has no bottom.” Now, move on to 4, and be encouraged. Things will get tougher!

8. Great guess, but wrong answer. Mata Jagdamba of Ujjain, India (right) had her share of hair. In 1994 it measured 13 ft 10.5 inches. And you thought things were bad in the sixties! Now cut down to 19.

19. On the fourth day of creation, God created:

Elephants? Go to 6.  

The sun and moon? Go to 8.

20. Oops! Your marks are sinking. But don’t lose hope. Grab a snorkel and head for 10.

21. Who dreamed about a tree that reached to heaven?

Jacob? Go to 15. Nebuchadnezzar? Go to 12.

22. For the Tabernacle, God asked Moses to build various items including a bronze altar. For one bonus point, can you remember what was on each of the four corners of the bronze altar? To find out, go to 23.

23. Exodus 27:2 tells us that there were horns on the four corners of the altar. Now, it’s time to add up those scores.

1-2 correct: Yikes. Better buy a Bible and start reading.

3-4: Not bad at all.

4-5: It’s time to e-mail a friend and brag a little.

6 and up: It’s time to share your wisdom with others in a small group! Speaking of which…we have the ideal discussion starter. Check out Laughing Matters.

Amazing Bible Facts:

In the year 303, the Roman Emporer Diocletian ordered all copies of the books of the Bible destroyed. He even had a medal engraved with “The Christian religion is destroyed.”

500 million of 822 million Europeans have never opened a Bible. - The Almanac of the Christian World

It was not until A.D. 1250 that the Bible was divided into chapters.

The Bible contains 31,173 verses and 774,746 words.


For Experts Only 

(go ahead and grab a concordance)  

1. Who was the famous son of Terah?

2. How old was Enoch when God took him?

3. Who said, “Man is born into trouble, as the sparks fly upward”?

4. When Job became ill, his skin turned what color?

5. In Acts, how many soldiers guarded Peter while he was in prison? 

Answers to Expert Quiz: 1. Abram (Gen. 11:26). 2. 365 (Gen. 5:23,24). 3. Eliphaz the Temanite (Job 4:1;5:7). 4. Black (Job 30:30). 5. 16 (Acts 12:3,4, NIV).  

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Copyright 2012 Phil Callaway. Cartoons by Ben Crane.