How Much Do You Know About the Old Testament?

Can you answer correctly these 50 questions about the Old Testament?

Introduction

Did you know that the Bible has sold more copies than almost any other book in history? It’s true! Some sources say that 100 million Bibles are sold every year. Some question its historical accuracy, a hotly debated subject among both critics and believers. However, there are still many Christians who believe the Bible was never intended to be a science manual or history textbook. Rather, they see it as God’s way of introducing himself to mankind and allowing people to become acquainted with his character and expectations of humanity.

The Bible uses numerous literary devices to make its points, including historical narrative, poetry, graphic scene description, and dialogue. These devices all help to convey important stories and lessons for believers, establishing a code of ethics dating back thousands of years. Regardless of one’s religious belief (or lack thereof), one can hardly deny the Bible’s incredible influence on human history since its creation.

The Bible is filled with interesting characters, stories, and awesome and fierce battle scenes. What’s more, there are steps being taken in archeology (which now uses extremely sophisticated computer algorithms), to attempt to confirm the historicity of the Bible. The Old Testament (OT) is the first half of the Bible for Christians; it has plenty of overlaps with the Jewish Tanakh, with all Christian denominations having a version of the OT that contains the books of the Tanakh (some denominations will include more than this). There’s a lot of information within the OT. . . How much do you think you know? Take our quiz to see how well you truly know the first half of the Bible!

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Did you know that the Bible has sold more copies than almost any other book in history? It’s true! Some sources say that 100 million Bibles are sold every year. Some question its historical accuracy, a hotly debated subject among both critics and believers. However, there are still many Christians who believe the Bible was never intended to be a science manual or history textbook. Rather, they see it as God’s way of introducing himself to mankind and allowing people to become acquainted with his character and expectations of humanity.

The Bible uses numerous literary devices to make its points, including historical narrative, poetry, graphic scene description, and dialogue. These devices all help to convey important stories and lessons for believers, establishing a code of ethics dating back thousands of years. Regardless of one’s religious belief (or lack thereof), one can hardly deny the Bible’s incredible influence on human history since its creation.

The Bible is filled with interesting characters, stories, and awesome and fierce battle scenes. What’s more, there are steps being taken in archeology (which now uses extremely sophisticated computer algorithms), to attempt to confirm the historicity of the Bible. The Old Testament (OT) is the first half of the Bible for Christians; it has plenty of overlaps with the Jewish Tanakh, with all Christian denominations having a version of the OT that contains the books of the Tanakh (some denominations will include more than this). There’s a lot of information within the OT. . . How much do you think you know? Take our quiz to see how well you truly know the first half of the Bible!

Short Description

You will be asked 50 questions about the Old Testament. Most are fairly easy, but some are a bit challenging. It can be an open-book quiz if you want it to be—meaning you are allowed to have a Bible next to you, and you can flip through to find the answers. It's a helpful way to brush up for your Bible study, your religion course’s Christianity section, or even just for fun.


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Let's Play!

1. How many days does it rain when Noah is in the ark?


1. How many days does it rain when Noah is in the ark?

1. 20

2. 30

3. 40

4. 50

The correct answer is 40 days and nights. Numbers in the Bible usually have significance. The number 40 signifies cleansing and rebirth, both internal and external change.



2. What is the tenth and final plague that God sends to Egypt?


2. What is the tenth and final plague that God sends to Egypt?

1. Vermon

2. Death of the firstborn son

3. Hail (with fire)

4. Pestilence

The correct answer is the death of the firstborn son. This kills the pharoah's son, who asks his own false god to bring his son back (to no avail).



3. Who kills Goliath, and how?


3. Who kills Goliath, and how?

1. David with a sword

2. Saul with a spear

3. David with a slingshot

4. Johnathan with a bow and arrow

The correct answer is David with a sling and a stone. The stone hits Goliath in the center of his forehead.



4. What is the name of King Saul's son, who is King David's best friend?


4. What is the name of King Saul

1. Johnathan

2. Avimelech

3. Absalom

4. Boaz

The correct answer is Jonathan. King Saul is wicked and ultimately gets himself and his son killed.



5. How many times do the Israelites march around Jericho on the seventh day?


5. How many times do the Israelites march around Jericho on the seventh day?

1. 7

2. 8

3. 10

4. 13

The correct answer is 7 times, after which the walls of Jericho tumble down.



6. In which book of the Old Testament do we see the prophecy of a virgin giving birth to a son?


6. In which book of the Old Testament do we see the prophecy of a virgin giving birth to a son?

1. Jeremiah

2. Ezekial

3. 1 Kings

4. Isaiah

The correct answer is Isaiah. Many messianic prophecies are found in this book.



7. King David is descended from which tribe of Israel?


7. King David is descended from which tribe of Israel?

1. Benjamin

2. Judah

3. Dan

4. Reuben

The correct answer is Judah. The symbol for Judah is the lion. Therefore, King David is known as the Lion of Judah.



8. How many books are there in the Protestant version of the Old Testament?


8. How many books are there in the Protestant version of the Old Testament?

1. 27

2. 33

3. 39

4. 66

The correct answer is 39. The Catholic version has 46.



9. What type of fruit did Adam and Eve eat that forces God to expel them from the Garden of Eden?


9. What type of fruit did Adam and Eve eat that forces God to expel them from the Garden of Eden?

1. Apple

2. Pear

3. Unknown

4. Melon

The correct answer is that the name/type of fruit is never mentioned. All we know is that it comes from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.



10. What is the name of King David's first wife?


10. What is the name of King David

1. Michal

2. Deborah

3. Bathsheba

4. Abigail

The correct answer is Michal. She is King Saul's younger daughter.



11. What is Abraham's oldest son's name?


11. What is Abraham

1. Joseph

2. Benjamin

3. Ishmael

4. Isaac

The correct answer is Ishmael, meaning "God listens."



12. Satan claims that one of God's servants is faithful only because he has been blessed with great riches. Who was this faithful servant?


12. Satan claims that one of God

1. Abraham

2. Joseph

3. Melchitzedek

4. Job

The correct answer is Job. Some theologians believe that the book of Job, not Genesis, is the oldest book of the Bible. While the author of that book is unknown, some it was written by Moses.



13. Nebuchadnezzar threw which three men into the furnace?


13. Nebuchadnezzar threw which three men into the furnace?

1. Daniel, Darius, and Abednego

2. Daniel, Shadrach, and Abednego

3. Shadrac, Meshach, and Abednego

4. Joseph, Isaiah, and Zeke

The correct answer is Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The furnace is heated to 7 times its normal temperature. When the furnace doors open to allow the 3 men to walk out, the heat killed the guards who open.



14. Who is the oldest man in the Bible, and how long did he live?


14. Who is the oldest man in the Bible, and how long did he live?

1. Methuselah at 969 years

2. Adam at 969 years

3. Noah at 977 years

4. Moses at 613 years

The correct answer is Methuselah, who lived 969 years. Biblical scholar Ellen Bennet argues that the Genesis (Chapter 5) numbers are in tenths of years, meaning that Methuselah lived 96.9 years. That's still pretty good, considering that they didn't have Medicare back then.



15. Which king builds the Tower of Babel?


15. Which king builds the Tower of Babel?

1. Darius

2. Nebuchadnezzar

3. Nadab

4. Hezekiah

The correct answer is Nebuchadnezzar. He builds the tower in the belief that he can reach heaven, so as to confront God personally.



16. Who begins to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after the first Temple is destroyed?


16. Who begins to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after the first Temple is destroyed?

1. Ezekial

2. Elijah

3. Elisha

4. Nehemiah

The correct answer is Nehemiah. After Israel returns from exile and slavery, Nehemiah rebuilds the walls of Jerusalem in preparation for the building of the second Temple.



17. How many psalms are in the Old Testament?


17. How many psalms are in the Old Testament?

1. 23

2. 53

3. 150

4. 167

The correct answer is 150. Psalm 119 is the longest of the psalms, with 176 verses.



18. Ruth is King David's grandmother. What is her nationality?


18. Ruth is King David

1. Jebusite

2. Moabite

3. Perrizite

4. Israelite

The correct answer is Moabite. Though she grew up worshiping idols, when she sees the Israelites overcome impossible odds, she then believes the God of Israel to be the one true God.



19. What were the names of Noah's sons?


19. What were the names of Noah

1. Ham, Shem, and Japheth

2. Shem, Canaan, and Manasseh

3. Manasseh, Shem, and Ham

4. Shem, Judah, and Japheth

The correct answer is Ham, Shem, and Japheth. Shem is the middle son; his descendants include Abraham and subsequently the Israelites.



20. Which of these foods is not kosher?


20. Which of these foods is not kosher?

1. Lamb

2. Pigeon

3. Locust

4. Horse

The correct answer is horse. In order for an animal (excluding fish, birds, and insects) to be kosher, it must have a split hoof, and it must chew its cud. A horse does not have a split hoof.



21. Which two foods does God use to feed the Israelites when they wander in the desert?


21. Which two foods does God use to feed the Israelites when they wander in the desert?

1. Manna and fruit

2. Manna and quail

3. Fresh water and livestock

4. Manna and livestock

The correct answer is manna and quail. After years of eating manna, the Israelites complain to Moses, saying they want meat.



22. Who is the brother of Moses?


22. Who is the brother of Moses?

1. Abraham

2. Gideon

3. Meshach

4. Aaron

The correct answer is Aaron. He is 3 years older than Moses.



23. When the rain finally stops, what is the first bird that Noah sends out of the ark?


23. When the rain finally stops, what is the first bird that Noah sends out of the ark?

1. Dove

2. Raven

3. Falcon

4. Eagle

The correct answer is a raven. The dove is the second bird sent out, and, contrary to popular belief, she did not return with an olive branch in her mouth. She merely came back with a leaf from an olive tree.



24. How many years does Israel spend wandering in the Sinai Desert?


24. How many years does Israel spend wandering in the Sinai Desert?

1. 25

2. 36

3. 40

4. 48

The correct answer is 40 years. As mentioned previously, 40 signifies a period of rebirth, growth, restitution, and restoration.



25. When the Israelites are slaves in the pharaoh's domain, what is the name of the land in which they live?


25. When the Israelites are slaves in the pharaoh

1. Goshen

2. Egypt

3. Gilead

4. Canaan.

The correct answer is Goshen. Several hundred years earlier, when Joseph shares power with the pharaoh, the pharaoh gave him the land of Goshen.



26. Lot's wife is punished for disobeying God. What does she do and what is her punishment?


26. Lot

1. She turns to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

2. She refuses to heed Abraham's warning (and leave).

3. She wears a pendant around her neck that bears an image of a false god.

4. She commits adultery.

She turns to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and is turned into a pillar of salt.



27. "You shall love your neighbor ______________." What is the rest of this verse?


27. "You shall love your neighbor ______________." What is the rest of this verse?

1. as yourself.

2. as God loves him.

3. like a son.

4. without measure.

The correct answer is "as yourself." In the New Testament, Jesus refers to this commandment as being one of the two most important, the other being the commandment to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength.



28. Only one sin/crime is mentioned in each of the first five books of the Bible. What is that sin?


28. Only one sin/crime is mentioned in each of the first five books of the Bible. What is that sin?

1. Murder

2. Adultery

3. Violating the Sabbath

4. Worshiping idols

The correct answer is murder, which is punishable by death.



29. Who is believed to have written the Book of Lamentations?


29. Who is believed to have written the Book of Lamentations?

1. Isaiah

2. Ezekiel

3. Solomon

4. Jeremiah

The correct answer is Jeremiah.



30. On what day of creation is Adam created?


30. On what day of creation is Adam created?

1. Fourth

2. Fifth

3. Sixth

4. Seventh

The correct answer is the sixth day. On the seventh day, God rests from all his labors and declares that his creations complete. That is why the number 7 is sometimes considered the number of completion.



31. On which mountain does Moses receive the Ten Commandments?


31. On which mountain does Moses receive the Ten Commandments?

1. Mount Horeb

2. Mount Sinai

3. Mount Meron

4. Mount Ararat

The correct answer is Mount Sinai.



32. What is Samson's source of strength?


32. What is Samson

1. His Nazaritic vow

2. His refusal to eat and drink excessively

3. His uncut hair

4. His consistent fasting

The correct answer is his hair. He loses his strength when it is cut.



33. Who is the wife of Moses?


33. Who is the wife of Moses?

1. Bethsheebah

2. Rebeccah

3. Zipporah

4. Deborah

The correct answer is Zipporah. A lesser known fact is that Moses had a second wife, Tharbis. Tharbis was a Cushite, meaning she was Ethiopian.



34. After Moses dies, who leads the Israelites into the Promised Land?


34. After Moses dies, who leads the Israelites into the Promised Land?

1. Joshua

2. Caleb

3. The Archangel Michael

4. Aaron

The correct answer is Joshua, one of the few original slaves to make it to the Promised Land.



35. Who interprets the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar?


35. Who interprets the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar?

1. Joseph

2. Daniel

3. Abednago

4. Belshazzar

The correct answer is Daniel. He eventually becomes the king’s second-in-command for interpreting his nightmares.



36. Who in the Bible has a conversation with his donkey?


36. Who in the Bible has a conversation with his donkey?

1. Darius

2. Cyrus

3. Balaam

4. Balthazar

The correct answer is Balaam, king of Moab.



37. How old is Moses when he dies?


37. How old is Moses when he dies?

1. 90

2. 100

3. 110

4. 120

The correct answer is 120 years old. It is said that God promised no one after Moses could live past 120 years.



38. Two men in the Old Testament never actually die. Instead, they are "taken up by God." What are the names of these two men?


38. Two men in the Old Testament never actually die. Instead, they are "taken up by God." What are the names of these two men?

1. Moses and Jeremiah

2. Jeremiah and Daniel

3. Enoch and Elijah

4. Daniel and Elijah

The correct answer is Enoch and Elijah. The Bible doesn't tell us why God spared them from a bodily death, but scholars speculate that it was due to their great obedience and faithfulness.



39. "Noah took two of each animal into the ark." True or false?


39. "Noah took two of each animal into the ark." True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. In the first narrative, Noah did take two of each kind of animal. However, in the second narrative, God tells Adam to put 1 pair of the kosher animals in the ark and 7 pairs of kosher animals in the ark.



40. Which two kingdoms are the most deplorable and immoral kingdoms in the Old Testament?


40. Which two kingdoms are the most deplorable and immoral kingdoms in the Old Testament?

1. Sodom and Gomorrah

2. Nineveh and Egypt

3. Canaan and Gaza

4. Gaza and Sodom

The correct answer is Sodom and Gomorrah. These two cities are so wicked that God decides to erase them from history.



41. Jonah is sent to which kingdom to warn them to repent?


41. Jonah is sent to which kingdom to warn them to repent?

1. Nineveh

2. Babylon

3. Chaldeah

4. Moab

The correct answer is Nineveh. They repent and are subsequently spared.



42. When the flood waters recede, Noah's ark comes to rest on which mountain?


42. When the flood waters recede, Noah

1. Mount Horeb

2. Mount Meron

3. Mount Ararat

4. Mount Gesher

The correct answer is Mount Ararat. This mountain is in modern day Turkey. It is the tallest mountain in Turkey, reaching 16,854 feet.



43. Who do some people think is the pharaoh that grows up with Moses?


43. Who do some people think is the pharaoh that grows up with Moses?

1. Ptolemy I

2. Ramses II

3. Osiris

4. Tutmoises

The correct answer is Ramses II; he is a popular candidate, although the pharaoh associated with Moses is not named.



44. How many sons does Jacob have?


44. How many sons does Jacob have?

1. 8

2. 10

3. 12

4. 15

The correct answer is 12. His youngest son, Joseph, is sold into slavery by his brothers and taken to Egypt. Eventually, he rises to power and becomes second-in-command in Egypt.



45. When Joseph is in Egypt, he is thrown into prison. For which crime is he incarcerated?


45. When Joseph is in Egypt, he is thrown into prison. For which crime is he incarcerated?

1. Blasphemy

2. Rape

3. Murder

4. Theft

The correct answer is rape; he is falsely accused.



46. What is the other name for Mount Sinai?


46. What is the other name for Mount Sinai?

1. There is no other name

2. Mount Meron

3. Mount Horeb

4. Mount Arrarat

The correct answer is Mount Horeb. This is mentioned in Exodus 3:1 and 1 Kings 19:8.



47. What three things are kept in the tabernacle while Israel wanders in the desert?


47. What three things are kept in the tabernacle while Israel wanders in the desert?

1. The priestly breastplate, the Ten commandments, and a golden cherub

2. The Ten Commandments, manna, and Aaron's budding staff

3. Moses' staff, wheat, and the Ten Commandments

4. A shank bone from the paschal lamb, the priestly breastplate, and the Ten commandments

The correct answer is the Ten Commandments, manna, and Aaron's budding staff.



48. Who performs the first sacrifice in the Bible, and what does he sacrifice?


48. Who performs the first sacrifice in the Bible, and what does he sacrifice?

1. Cain sacrifices two perfect bushels of wheat.

2. Adam sacrifices a lamb

3. God sacrifices an unspecified animal

4. Abel sacrifices a goat

God sacrifices an animal to let Adam and Eve cover their nakedness.



49. When Israel destroys Jericho, one man secretly keeps and hides some of the plunder. What iss his name?


49. When Israel destroys Jericho, one man secretly keeps and hides some of the plunder. What iss his name?

1. Barnabas

2. Barabbas

3. Achan

4. Zerah

The correct answer is Achan. Tragically, this sin has enormous consequences. Not only is Achan put to death by stoning, but so is his entire family.



50. Moses is not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Why not?


50. Moses is not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Why not?

1. He murders an Egyptian taskmaster.

2. He hits a rock to bring forth water instead of talking to it.

3. The Israelites build a Golden Calf under his leadership.

4. The Bible doesn't say.

He cannot enter the Promised Land because he disobeys God. God tells Moses to speak to a rock so it could produce water, Moses angrily hits it instead.




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