Can You Ace This Bible Literacy Quiz?

By: Tasha Moore
Image: asiseeit/E+/Getty Images

About This Quiz

Are you ready for a Bible review? It's time to check up on your level of holy wisdom with this test. This is an Old Testament-heavy demonstration, so Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will have to sit this one out. Or will they?  You never know where these facts are coming from, but one thing is for sure, it's all about the details.

Need a quick mental stretch before the main game? How many books in the Bible begin with the letter "d"? What was the Apostle Paul's name before his conversion? Who authored the book of Genesis?  See how easy that was? Now you're ready for the hard stuff: How many days were there during the Pentecost? Which prophet predicted the Pentecost in the Old Testament? You'll need to scroll on to get those answers and more.

The New Testament book of Acts makes several appearances here, so brush up on your post-Ascension specifics to boost your score. Numbers come up a lot ... no, not the book of Numbers in the Old Testament ... numbers as in 1, 2, 3 digits. Whole numbers with two or more zeros are always the best guess. 

With all that out of the way, you should definitely be ready to take on this Bible literacy quiz. Go forth and score big!

What is the last word in the book of Jude?

Jude is often referred to as the brother of Jesus. In the book of Jude, he wrote to Jewish and Gentile Christians.

According to the book of Acts, on the island of Melita what animal came out of the "heat and fastened on [Paul's] hand"?

Before he began preaching about salvation through Jesus Christ, Paul's name was Saul and he persecuted the early Christians. He was especially cruel to the remaining disciples.

Joseph of Arimathaea, the man who removed Jesus from the cross after he was crucified, was what profession?

The fifteenth chapter of the book of Mark at the forty-third verse confirms Joseph of Arimathaea's title as honorable counselor. He pleaded with Pontius Pilate for Jesus's body after the crucifixion took place.

In Romans chapter fifteen, twenty-fourth verse, where did Paul want to venture off to?

Paul was speaking to the Romans when he wrote, "Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you for I trust to see you in my journey." When Paul wrote of his desire to travel off to Spain, he was a prisoner.

In the book of first Timothy, who was given up to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme?

Hymenaeus was considered an adversary of the early Christian church. The Apostle Paul requested that Hymenaeus be "delivered unto Satan"

In the book of Acts, what was the condition of Aeneas before Peter healed him?

The book of Acts details how Aeneas was restricted to the confines of his bed for eight years. At his healing, Peter the Apostle said, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed." Aeneas "arose immediately" thereafter.

The third chapter of the book of Titus states that Zenas was what profession?

In the thirteenth chapter of the book of Titus, Zenas is described as "the lawyer." Zenas was also referred to as "Zenodoros."

In the book of Mark, after Pilate scourged Jesus to be crucified, Jesus was led into a hall, which was called what?

The fifteenth chapter of the book of Mark at the sixteenth verse explains what happened immediately after Jesus' sentencing: "And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band." The word "praetorium" is of Latin origin and means "courtroom of the governor" or "judgement hall."

Who arrested Paul during the riot in Jerusalem?

The twenty-forth chapter of the book of Acts states that Lysias was a "chief captain." Lysias is described as having used "great violence" when arresting Paul.

What did Paul advise Timothy to do to help soothe Timothy's frequent infirmities?

In the book of first Timothy in the fifth chapter, Paul tells Timothy to "use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." During the days of the early church, Paul the Apostle was concerned with all aspects of Christian life, the spiritual as well as the physical.

In the second chapter of Galatians, why did Paul rebuke Peter?

In the second chapter of the book of Galatians, Paul observes that the Gentiles "walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel." He then admonishes Peter: "If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?"

What was the price of the scrolls burned in Ephesus, according to the book of Acts?

The nineteenth chapter of the book of Acts describes Ephesus as a place of "curious arts." Ephesus was a hub of occult practices.

Moses lived to be how many years old before he passed away?

The thirty-fourth chapter in the book of Deuteronomy explains that when Moses died, he was in good health: "[H]is eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated." The eighth verse in the chapter states that the children of Israel mourned Moses's death for thirty days.

On the day of Pentecost, how many people became believers?

On the day of Pentecost, Peter's sermon inspired many to believe in his words. The forty-first verse of the second chapter in the books of Acts reports how "they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."

Who did Moses appoint to lead the Israelites?

Because Moses had been disobedient, God instructed him to appoint Joshua to lead the Israelites. God was not going to allow Moses to cross over into the Promised Land.

Where did Joseph and Mary take baby Jesus after an angel instructed them to take him to a new place?

The first few chapters in the book of Matthew details Joseph and Mary's ordeal during and immediately after the birth of Jesus. The fourteenth verse in the second chapter of the book states how Joseph "took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt."

At what location did the three wise men meet baby Jesus for the first time?

The three wise men sought Jesus after witnessing "his star in the east." The second chapter of the book of Matthew recounts that "when they were come into the house," the three wise men "fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

In the book of Acts, what is the name of the street that God (in a vision) told Ananias to go to?

The ninth chapter in the book of Acts at the eleventh verse explains Ananias's experience: "And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight." There, Ananias was to inquire of "Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth."

What does the word "Deuteronomy" mean?

The thirty-first chapter of the book of Deuteronomy states: "And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi." In the Hebrew language, "Deuteronomy" is interpreted as "Second Word."

Where was Paul when he wrote the Epistle to the Ephesians?

Paul was legally confined to his home in Rome for preaching about Jesus Christ. In the third chapter of the book of Ephesians at the first verse, Paul confesses his predicament, saying, "[f]or this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles."

Where did Moses die?

The thirty-fourth chapter of the book of Deuteronomy at the fifth verse states: "So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD." Moses was buried "in a valley in the land of Moab," as well.

Who was David's best friend?

The eighteenth chapter of the book of first Samuel describes how close David and Jonathan were. The first verse of the chapter highlights a mutual love shared between them: "And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David and Jonathan loved him as his own soul."

Who authored the book of Deuteronomy?

The thirty-first chapter of the book of Deuteronomy at the twenty-fourth verse confirms the books authorship: "Moses finished writing the words of this law in a book until they were complete." Deuteronomy is sometimes referred to as a book of remembrance.

According to the book of Deuteronomy, who "remained of the remnant of giants"?

Og's defeat among the fallen giants is a tale that eliminates the notion of invincibility. Og king of Bashan had been a fierce contender.

In the book of Acts in chapter 12, what killed Herod?

God punished Herod for his pridefulness. He was eaten alive from the inside out by worms.

Barnabas was of which Israelite tribe?

Barnabas was a devoted convert in the early Christian church. The fourth chapter of the book of Acts states that he "was a respected leader of the church. He was a Levite by birth, a member of the Jewish tribe that carried out temple duties."

In the ninth chapter of the book of Acts, where did Peter heal Aeneas?

The ninth chapter in the book of Acts recounts Aeneas's miracle that Peter performed in the name of Jesus Christ. The thirty-second verse confirms the place where it all occurred: "And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda."

In which New Testament book can you find the following quote: "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain..."?

The seventeenth chapter of the book of Matthew emphasizes the power of faith. In the chapter, Jesus promises: "Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

In the book of Deuteronomy, it states that slaves should be set free, when?

The Israelites were to release their slaves precisely at the seventh year. The fifteenth chapter and twelfth verse in the book of Deuteronomy confirms the law exactly: "And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee."

In the book of Acts, how did Herod kill James, the brother of John?

The twelfth chapter of the book of Acts explains how Herod "stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church." In the second verse, Herod kills "James the brother of John with the sword."

In the book of Revelation chapter 11, how many men were slain due to the earthquake before the remnant gave glory to God?

The eleventh chapter of the book of Revelation recounts the details of the "great earthquake." The thirteenth verse confirms the number of men that were slain: "[A]nd in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven."

How many verses are there in the first chapter of the book of second Thessalonians?

The Apostle Paul introduces himself and his two companions at the time in the first verse in the book of second Thessalonians: "Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Paul authored the first and second epistles to the church at Thessalonica.

In the book of Acts, how many men conspired not to eat or drink until they killed Paul?

The twenty-third chapter in the book of Acts confirms the number of men who conspired to kill Paul: "[F]or there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men." The twenty-first verse goes on to state how the men "bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him."

What is the name of the prophet mentioned in Acts who predicted what would happen on the day of Pentecost?

The book of Joel is found in the Old Testament. The second chapter at the twenty-eighth verse details the Pentecost prophecy: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions."

What is the name of the high priest who incriminates Jesus before he is ultimately crucified?

The twenty-eighth verse of the book of John in the eighteenth chapter explains the incrimination of Christ: "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover." According to Jewish law, a Jew entering the house of a Gentile would cause the Jewish person to be ceremonially defiled.

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes