A tome that has polarized opinions throughout the world for much of its lifespan, the Bible is a fascinating book.
To believers, it is the world of God, the singularly most important book in the religion of Christianity. Each and every word recorded here by man was breathed by God. It can be used to teach, instruct, rebuke and console.
And the Bible is certainly filled with many stories, parables, and accounts of Christianity's most influential people and prophets. None more so, of course, than Jesus Christ, the son of God, and one of the cornerstones of the Bible. As the Bible explains, Jesus came to Earth to save sinners from eternal damnation, to act as the new covenant between God and his people and not just for the Jews but the Gentiles as well, as it is written.
But let's get down to the nitty gritty, shall we? Just how much do you know your Bible? Did all those years of Bible study imprint the names, places, nations, and miracles in your mind?
Well, why don't we test that then? This Bible study quiz is tough; of that, there is no doubt! A prayer beforehand will help, that's for sure!
Let's see how you do!
John 3:16 is perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible. Christian scholars tell us that shows God's true love for his people, that he was willing to send his own Son to die on the cross for our sins. Interestingly former American football player Tim Tebow, a devout Christian, had John 3:16 printed on his eye black while playing some games in the NFL.
The Garden of Eden is described in both the book of Genesis and Ezekiel. It is often called the "garden of God.".In its center was the Tree of Knowledge, from which Adam and Eve were instructed not to eat fruit from. We all know how that turned out!
Seth is not a son of Noah. In fact, Seth was the third son born to Adam and Eve, after their other son Cain had killed his brother Abel. Interestingly, the Quran mentions Noah had a fourth son who did not board the Ark.
Noah followed God's instructions and built the ark according to the specifications handed to him. This mentioned that it was only to have one door. Once Noah, his family, and the animals were inside, God sealed the door shut. Scholars believe this was to stop Noah from trying to save others as God had said he would destroy the world.
Samson was the strong man of the Bible. During his lifetime, the Israelites were under the rule of the Philistines. In Judges 15:15, the Bible mentions how Samson killed 1,000 of them who came against him using just the jawbone of an ass (donkey).
Jericho was a city in Canaan. This was in the "Promised Land," an area where God had said the Israelites would settle. It was one of the first cities to fall to the Israelites.
God instructed the Israelites through Joshua, their leader, that they were to march around the walls of the city of Jericho. On the eighth time of doing this, they were to blow their trumpets. At the sound of this, the walls of the city came tumbling down, allowing the Israelites access.
900 years! That's just unbelievable, right? Methuselah is mentioned twice in the Bible, once in Genesis and once in I Chronicles. All in all, Methuselah lived for 969 years.
Jesus Christ and John the Baptist were, in fact, second cousins. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the first cousin to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. This is mentioned in the Bible in Luke 1.
In Joshua 10:13, it is written that God made the sun stand still in the sky: "The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day."
King Barak of the Moab nation hired Balaam to curse the nation of Israel. While riding his donkey, God spoke through the donkey. An angel of God then appeared on the road with his sword drawn and Balaam fell to the ground and didn't carry out his task. This story is chronicled in Numbers 22.
The nation of Israel had formed from Jacob's 12 sons who had settled in Egypt after a time of famine. This nation was then enslaved for over 400 years before God instructed Moses to bring them out of Egypt and take them to the "Promised Land."
It took ten plagues before Pharaoh told Moses he could lead the Israelites from Egypt. These included frogs, lice, turning water to blood and boils. It was the tenth plague, however, the killing of every firstborn, that saw Pharoah change his mind and let the Israelites go.
In the Bible, Canaan is the area to the west of the Jordan river. It was filled with many nations, including the Moabites, Ammonites, Midianites, and Edomites. God told the Israelites that they would be conquered so that the Israelites had a home.
After Pharaoh had told Moses that he could take the Israelites and leave Egypt, he changed his mind and pursued them with his army. Moses and the Israelites came upon the Red Sea, which through a miracle from God, Moses parted, allowing the Israelites to cross. When the Egyptians tried to cross, the sea crashed on them, destroying their army.
"Psalms," of which many were written by David, is considered the longest book in the Bible when one takes chapters and verses into account. There are 150 Psalms in the Bible, of which number 117 is the shortest.
God's instructions to Noah about how to build the ark also included the material he should build it from. This was gopher wood or "gofer" in Hebrew. It's up in the air as to what type of wood gopher wood actually was, however. Many scholars believe it to be cedar.
The apostle Paul traveled throughout the Middle East preaching about Jesus Christ following his death on the cross. Paul, who often traveled with Timothy would supplement his income through his profession, which was tentmaking. This is mentioned in Acts 18.
Yes, he did. This fact is mentioned in Matthew 3:4. John the Baptist also stayed in the wilderness, away from Jerusalem. Here he lived off the land, with the Bible specifically saying he ate honey and the locusts.
Joshua was tasked by God to lead them into the "Promised Land" after the death of Moses. This passage itself is found in the "Book of Joshua," 24:15 where Joshua was talking to the Israelites.
As told in John, Jesus, his mother, and his disciples attend a wedding at Cana. After the wine runs out, Jesus instructs servants at the wedding to fill the wine containers with water. At that point, he turns the water to wine as a sign to show his disciples his glory.
John was the author of the "Book of Revelations," with some people calling him John the Revelator because of it. "Revelations," which foretells the return of Jesus Christ in his second coming is sometimes called the "Apocalypse of John."
All those who were to be crucified had to carry their own crosses to the location of their crucifixion. Because he had been beaten and whipped by the Romans, Jesus was too weak to carry his cross all the way to Cavalry. The Romans instructed Simon of Cyrene to help him.
Goliath, the Philistine giant killed with a stone from the sling of the future king of Israel, David, was said to be 6 cubits and span in height. This is over 9 foot tall. His height is mentioned in 1 Samuel 17:4.
Although when it comes to chapters, Psalms is the longest book in the Bible, it also has the shortest chapter. This is Psalm 117, which only has five lines and 33 words in the Kings James Version.
The curtain in the temple, often called the temple veil separates the Holy of Holies, the dwelling place of God on earth from the rest of the temple. When Jesus died, this veil tore from top to bottom.
Jesse was a farmer and breeder of sheep. He had eight sons, with the youngest being David. David was tasked with looking after his father's sheep. Jesse is also sometimes called Isai.
Another of Jesus' miracles happened while he and the disciples were out fishing on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had gone to sleep when a massive storm blew up and threatened to capsize their boat. The disciples were afraid and woke Jesus, and he calmed the waves and winds. This story is found in Mark 4.
Golgotha was a hill found just outside the city of Jerusalem. It was here that the Romans crucified anybody found guilty of serious crimes. The name Golgotha also means "Place of the Skull."
Great fish? Well, many know the story as Jonah and the whale. God had commanded Jonah to go and preach to the people of Nineveh. Instead, he ran away by getting on a boat. A storm came up with Jonah telling the sailors it was his fault and getting thrown overboard only to be swallowed by a big fish and spat out on the land after three days, right on the shores of Nineveh. Jonah then finally followed God's request.
The New Testament consists of 27 books. This is 12 less than the Old Testament, which has 39 books. So altogether, there are 66 books in the Bible.
While it certainly is a long name, Mephibosheth is not the longest name in the Bible. That privilege belongs to Mahershalalhashbaz, who is mentioned in Numbers 8. He was a son of Isaiah.
As Jesus had told him, Peter ended up denying Jesus on three separate occasions. The third time, the cock crowed, which matched the words of Jesus: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times."
Although David was a great King of Israel and wrote many of the Psalms in the Bible (73 in fact), there is no specific book called "David." Much of David's life is found in the Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Samuel.
Herod was essentially a puppet king as the land was under the control of the Roman empire. It was Herod, on hearing of the birth of Jesus, one to be king of the Jews, who ordered the killing of all boys in the kingdom under the age of two. Luckily, Joseph escaped with Mary and Jesus to Egypt where they stayed until Herod's death.