The Bible Literacy Quiz

By: Eric Totherow
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About This Quiz

Did you pay attention in Sunday School? Take this quiz to find out just how much you remember.

The Bible is considered by most Christians to reflect the word of God. The King James Version of the Bible is the translation used by the more than half of people in the United States who read the Bible. The King James Version was commissioned in 1604 by King James I of England, but it wasn't the first English translation of the text. The first translation into English was actually commissioned by Henry VIII in 1535 with instructions to the translators to ensure that the resulting version would be compatible with Henry's new Protestant ideology for the Church of England. 

The translation that resulted in the King James Version took a team of 47 scholars a total of seven years to complete the work of translation from the original texts that had been written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Latin. The final work had 80 books, including the 39 books of the Old Testament, the 14 books of the Apocrypha and the 27 books of the New Testament.

How well do you think you know the Bible? Find out if you can ace this quiz.

What was the first miracle Jesus performed?

Who survived the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?

When Elizabeth and Mary were both pregnant, Elizabeth's unborn son recognized Jesus in the womb. Who did Elizabeth's son grow up to be?

What virtue is personified as a woman throughout Proverbs?

In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, who does Lazarus meet in the afterlife?

What city did Nahum describe as being destroyed, despite having been saved by Jonah?

Which of these miracles was NOT performed by Paul in the Book of Acts?

During his crucifixion, which book was Jesus quoting when he asked "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Who oversaw the building of the first temple?

Which nation controlled the Promised Land when the Israelites arrived from the Exodus?

Whose return was prophesied in the final verses of the Old Testament?

Which ancestor of David did Ruth marry in the Book of Ruth?

In Romans 9, Paul contrasts God's love of Jacob with his hatred for who else?

Which prophets appeared at the Transfiguration?

Besides Jesus, which prophet did God refer to as "Son of Man"?

Where did Jesus pray to avoid the crucifixion, asking "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me?"

Who was the first king of Israel?

Which prophet did Jesus cite as a sign that he would rise after three days?

Which of these was not one of the plagues of Egypt?

Ezekiel begins with a vision of celestial "living creatures" with the faces of a man, lion, eagle and ox. Which prophet later has a similar vision?

Which two books of the Bible famously never mention God?

In Matthew 19, Jesus quotes from Genesis: "The Creator made them male and female ... For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife." What does Jesus use this quote to argue against?

In Revelation, how many Israelites are said to receive the seal of God?

Which group captured Samson after his hair was shaved?

When Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dreams, what did he say a statue made of many metals represented?

In the Book of Ezra, which king gave the order to rebuild the temple?

What plague was described by the prophet Joel?

In Matthew 10:34, Jesus says: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but..." what?

Chronologically, which of these events happened last?

After Cain was exiled for killing Abel, what land did he eventually settle in?

How many people survived the Great Flood?

Who successfully asked God to stop the sun in the sky?

How many people did Jesus raise from the dead before his crucifixion?

At Mount Carmel, Elijah arranged a contest between God and which rival deity?

Besides Joshua, who survived the Exodus and entered the Promised Land?

To symbolize Israel's rebuke of God, God commanded Hosea to marry a woman who had committed what sin?

Which of the minor prophets directly challenged God about how he could tolerate evil?

Which of these trials was NOT inflicted on Job by Satan?

In the Old Testament, who was the last king to rule a united Israel?

Read in modern canonical order, which book contains the Bible's first direct mention of Satan?

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