2016-08-05
1

Which of the following nuts are mentioned in the Bible?

In Genesis 43:11, Jacob (Israel) tells his sons to give specific gifts—including almonds and pistachios—when they journey to Egypt to buy food from Joseph. Couldn't they have eaten the nuts and saved a trip? Good question.
2

What did the infant Moses in the Old Testament and the newly converted Saul of Tarsus in the New Testament have in common?

As an infant, Moses was sent down the Nile in a basket because all male Jewish babies were being killed, by the Pharoah’s orders (Exodus 2:3). After his conversion, Saul’s followers lowered him in a basket through a hole in the Damascus city wall to help him escape from Jews who wanted him killed (Acts 9:25). Baskets were pretty versatile in dangerous situations.
3

What is the first profession mentioned in the Bible?

In Genesis 4:2 (KJV), Abel is described as a “keeper of sheep.” The second is “tiller of the ground,” which is how Cain was described.
4

Which of the following creatures are "unclean to you" according to the King James translation of Leviticus 11:29-30?

Tortoises. Other unclean "creeping things" in these verses include weasels, mice, ferrets, chameleons, lizards, snails, and moles. We all know weasels are undesirable, but really: tortoises?
5

Approximately how many total words are in the King James Version of the Old Testament?

The King James translation of the Old Testament has a total of 592,439 words. It would be a few dozen more than that, but the phrase "for as much" is combined into the old-timey compound forasmuch.
6

Which of the following fanciful creatures are mentioned in the Bible?

While responding to Job's questions, God himself asks a rhetorical question involving unicorns (Job 39:9-10, KJV). Modern translations typically replace the word unicorn with "wild ox." Good call.
7

What do Samson, King Saul, King Zimri, and Judas Iscariot have in common?

Samson pulled down the pillars of a Philistine temple, killing his captors and himself (Judges 16:26-30). King Saul impaled himself on his sword after losing a battle (1 Samuel 31:1-4). King Zimri burns his palace down—and doesn't escape—after Omri overtakes the royal city (1 Kings 16:18). And Judas hangs himself after betraying Jesus (Matthew 27:5).
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Which of the following biblical characters is not involved in a story in which a donkey play a central role?

Samson struck down a thousand Philistines with a donkey jawbone (Judges 15:13-17). Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey (John 12:14). And Balaam had a fascinating conversation with a donkey (Numbers 22:23-30), whom the Lord gave the gift of speech. There’s a good chance Adam came across a donkey when God gave him the job of naming the animals (Genesis 2:19), but it's not explicitly mentioned.
9

Which of the following biblical events did not last 40 days?

Paul and Silas were only in jail for less than a day before a violent earthquake, at midnight, opened the prison doors and loosened their chains, allowing them to escape (Acts 16:16-40).
10

Participation in which of the following activities, according to Levitical law, would not result in your execution?

The other three are specifically forbidden as capital offenses, according to Numbers 15:32-36 (gathering sticks), Leviticus 20:14 (co-marriage to a woman and her mother), and Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (extreme disobedience).
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Which of these non-canonical books are not mentioned by name in the Old Testament?

The Annotations of the Prophet Elisha does not exist, but the other three books are all mentioned in the Bible. The Records of Gad the Seer gets a shout-out in 1 Chronicles 29:29. The Annals of Jehu, Son of Hanani is mentioned in 2 Chronicles 20:34. The Book of Jashar is cited in Joshua 10:13. Which brings up a theological question: if God inspires the mention of a non-biblical book, shouldn’t we be reading it?
12

Which of these common English phrases has a biblical origin?

Can a wicked person ever do good? That's the proverbial question asked in Jeremiah 13:23, which wonders whether “an Ethiopian” can change his skin, or a leopard change his spots.
13

Which of the following four biblical personages are mentioned most in the Old Testament book of Esther?

Neither Solomon nor Sanballat the Horonite appear in the story of Esther. Surprisingly, neither does God, who is not mentioned at all in the entire book. The eunuch Shaashgaz was in charge of King Xerxes’ concubines. His name appears once, in Esther 2:14.
14

Which of the following spices is referenced most often in the Bible?

Cinnamon is mentioned four times—in Exodus, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and the book of Revelation. Coriander appears twice. Garlic appears once, in Numbers 11:5. Though indigenous to the Mediterranean area, marjoram is not mentioned at all.
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What is significant about the King James translation of Joshua 7:24?

"And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor" (Joshua 7:24). If only Joshua had brought along quail instead of asses.
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