Spring 2014

Biblical Literacy Quiz

Test your biblical literacy with this 20-question quiz. No Googling, Bible-opening or other cheating allowed!

Question 1 of 20

Who leaves the company of Paul and Barnabas to return to Jerusalem during Paul’s first missionary journey?

Question 2 of 20

In Daniel's dream, how many beasts emerged from the sea?

Question 3 of 20

Who was Eutychus?

Question 4 of 20

Which of the tribes of Israel was set apart for temple work and service to the Lord?

Question 5 of 20

In one Old Testament story, someone is referred to as a “kinsman redeemer.” Who was it?

Question 6 of 20

There were three returns from exile. The second and third were led by Ezra and Nehemiah. Who led the first?

Question 7 of 20

Which of the four Gospels begins with a genealogy of Jesus that includes foreigners like Ruth (a Moabite) and Rahab (a Canaanite) among the ancestors of Jesus?

Question 8 of 20

Which miracle of Jesus appears in all four Gospels?

Question 9 of 20

Where will you find a description of the “beast out of the sea”?

Question 10 of 20

What was the name of Philemon’s slave on whose behalf Paul writes in the book of Philemon?

Question 11 of 20

Which New Testament book argues that “faith without works is dead”?

Question 12 of 20

In which book of the Bible did the sun stand still?

Question 13 of 20

Who got turned into a pillar of salt?

Question 14 of 20

Who were the first three kings of the united kingdom of Israel?

Question 15 of 20

In which book of the New Testament is found this verse: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes …”

Question 16 of 20

How did Saul escape from those who wanted to kill him in Damascus?

Question 17 of 20

In the Gospel of John, who came to Jesus by night and heard about being born again?

Question 18 of 20

Which of the following was NOT one of the “seven churches” mentioned in the book of Revelation:

Question 19 of 20

Who baptized the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8?

Question 20 of 20

Which of the following is NOT one of the 10 plagues of Egypt?

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  • Scott June 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    A few issues:

    * Levi was not technically on of the 12 as the tribe lived among the others. If you're going to count Levi, then say 13 tribes.

    * Your question a question "Which New Testament Author..." listed _books_ instead of authors.

    * Your question about the first "Kings of Israel" was not technically true. You forgot about Ish-Bosheth.

  • Bill McDonald June 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I got. 17 out of 20. :)

  • Margie June 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Did I miss it?? I got 16/20 but didn't see which answers I got wrong.

  • leonette June 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I got 19 out of 20! wow! wondering which one I missed??

  • Jason Newell June 11, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Thanks, Scott. We fixed the "books" question and adjusted the other two for clarity. Give yourself a couple of biblical literacy bonus points for knowing where to stick the asterisks!

  • Asa June 12, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Scott, wasn't Levi one of the 12, but Joseph's two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, replace Joseph (each as a "1/2 tribe")? That's how I've always understood it.

  • Devon June 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Well all right...I got 20 out of 20...but admittedly, I had to guess on a few of them.

  • Karen June 17, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Thanks for this wake-up quiz. Our pastor used this in church last Sunday, and it was pretty shocking for some to see what they didn't know from the Bible. I did okay, but should've done better. I pray this encourages many people to begin reading in earnest, for truth and transformation!

    PS (sp) Barnabas - the r is missing in your list of answers

  • Jocelyn Brunson June 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Thank you for having this Biblical test. I wasn't really good on taking exams while I attended
    at Talbot. I certainly was surprised I did get 18 out of 20. It must have been all that reading
    I had to do over the years. Many of the questions were tough. Studying the Old Testament
    has always been difficult for me. I do thank God for my former professors who taught me.
    If I could go back to school, I would do it all over again. Maybe have a better understanding
    what I was reading and have a better study system. After being out of Talbot my Biblical
    understanding is way better because I'm not under the pressure of exams and I can go
    back to what i was reading.

  • trish June 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    The question was which of the tribes, not which of the 12 tribes.
    The tabernacle service started on the way to the promised land. Levi was camped around the tabernacle.
    Joseph received a double portion of inheritance from Jacob, and Jacob told Joseph before he died that his two sons would be considered Jacob's sons each representing one of the tribes of Israel.
    Manasseh became two 1/2 tribes after the conquest of Canaan, one 1/2 on each side of the Jordan River.

  • Pastor Ted June 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Our church just covered last Sunday the fact about the miracle recorded in all four Gospels. :)

    However, there's another miracle recorded in all four Gospels: Jesus' resurrection.

  • Lila June 22, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    I got 20 of 20 correct, but I can't attribute that to just the Bible classes almost 50 years ago. It's from continued, deep study of God's word. Without that, I wouldn't have known some of the answers, especially to the O.T. questions, since it was more of a survey class rather than study.

  • Betty Norling June 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I'm tempted to peek, but have not. Wasn't the tribe of Simeon absorbed by the tribe of Judah?

  • Tom Long June 24, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    My score, 20, was with some luck and help! At least I know where I need to brush up!

  • Eric June 25, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    I'll go on the record here and say that 3/20 is probably what the typical would be from Christians, and I'm not ashamed about it the slightest bit.

  • Melinda S. June 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    A minor request: right now, the top comment is showing as the text in the facebook link for this quiz. Could it be set up so that the text is either not there or is the comment in the sidebar about "Christians used to memorize....."?

  • marsh June 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Awesome! I got 8 right! Oh ya, I rock. (To quote Peter)

  • Robert Morgan June 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    14 of 20 is a " C"

  • Josie's Schlabach June 27, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    I enjoyed very much. Thanks

  • J C June 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    The quiz seemed to be a bit heavily focused on the book of Acts

  • sheila walker June 28, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    missed 5/20

  • Richard Heller June 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I got 14/20. While the Old Testament consistently describes Israel and consisting of 12 tribes, I don't believe it's consistent in how it counts the 12. Before arriving in the Promised Land, Levi was definitely counted as 1 of the 12. After they settle in the land, and Levi is no longer counted, they arrive at the number 12 by splitting the tribe of Joseph into Ephraim and Manasseh. Later on, when they refer to the 10 lost tribes, I believe that they include West Manasseh and East Manasseh separately, and no longer count Simeon because it was completely absorbed by the tribe of Judah. (The 2 remaining tribes, then, are Judah and Benjamin.) Regardless, I think that was definitely one of the easier questions.

  • Matthew Salt June 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    I got 19/20 I couldn't got 20/20, went to fast on the genealogy question, I knew it was between Matthew & Luke but I still choose Luke, when only after my selection I knew I got that one wrong. It was a great quiz! Thanks for the Biblical reminder to study our Bibles, better yet! To live out the living Biblical truths...

  • David Norton June 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I'm embarrassed to admit I missed the two I did. Bible Survey classes at Moody many years ago don't qualify for being a factor in long-term remembrance of scripture. Those classes were too much information too quick. It's the slower ingestion of scripture over years that allows hopeful remembrance. I'm thankful I didn't do worse. I'd be interested in hearing what the average score is from those who submit to this.

  • David Mireles October 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Being corrected is part of learning. I enjoyed the test but it would have been nice to know the answers to the ones I missed. Would it be possible to post them at the end of each test? Thanks much................

  • Robert E.Palmer June 9, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    That is the first time in a long time that I have taken the text. I thought I got all right, but I must have misread the question on the two I missed. We need to do this in Church. Is it possible to make this available, or can we just print the test part? Many people are really ignorant of the simple Bible stories in these days. Read it to be wise; obey it to be blessed; believe it to live an abundant life!

  • Edward June 24, 2015 at 5:08 PM


  • Robert Negron March 29, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Got 14 out of 20 which I consider to be not bad. It was a good test. It would have been nice to know which ones I got right and which ones I got wrong.

  • Wayne Hackworth March 30, 2016 at 6:17 AM

    missed 3, 2 of which I didn't pay close attention. Story of my life.

  • Danny March 30, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    I got 10 out of 20 don't know which one is wrong or right.

  • tcharves Pearsall March 31, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    I love this test just wish that there was a geography and the result were published.
    However here are my thought on the comments
    Scott, I sure by now you know why all three of your issues are are a result of your error not the test. 1.Levi is a tribe, you were confused because you forgot about the two half tribes of Joseph.
    2. It does not matter whether it is listed as author or books the answer would have been the same.
    3. lastly the question ask about the united Israel, after the death of Saul Judah selected David while Ish-Bosheth was king over Israel. When Abner defected to David's side Ish-Bosheth was killed by his own general and David then became the second king of the United Israel.

  • randolph50 April 18, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    I didn't answer all the questions

  • Eddie August 5, 2017 at 7:03 AM

    You have a wrong answer (don't you?) on your quiz. Saul was not king of the "united" kingdom. He was king before the split, right? David was the first king of the united kingdom, right? David, Solomon, Rehaboam should be the answer.... or so I think. Of course, I'm not a bible scholar so I will yield to your answer.

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  • Luke October 17, 2019 at 11:29 PM

    I got a 4/20. Not religious but I went to a Catholic School for the first year of high school. I fucking hated it. Obviously I did not give a fuck during theology class. I guess on every single question on this quiz.

  • Elder Wolf October 18, 2019 at 12:05 AM

    Got a 20/20, this test was too easy!

  • Joey Mills October 18, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    My friend Johnny Rapid and I took this quiz. We both did well.

  • D Paro January 27, 2020 at 5:21 AM

    Your question about the first three kings of the united kingdom is incorrect.

    Ishbosheth is said to be 'king over all Israel' [2 Samuel 2.8,9], while Judah is said to have 'followed' David [ESV]. So he follows Saul and precedes David-

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