Prepare to go back in time more than 2,000 years! We're going to a place called Israel, or, as the Romans named it, Palestine. Israel (with Judah) at the time of Jesus was larger than it is today.
It is said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and that the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. This means that there are references in the Old Testament to events that happened in the New Testament. For many of Christian faith, this foreshadowing proves the omniscience of God. For quiz-takers, this means that while this quiz covers events in the New Testament, knowledge of the Old Testament will prove useful as well.
While many people believe the writers of the New Testament sat down together and decided what to write, this isn’t the case. Most books were written decades apart, and none of the early gospels were available to later gospel writers; they are all independent works.
In short, the New Testament is comprised of several books that were written over a 70-year period spanning the first couple of decades after the crucifixion of Christ. Scholars are not certain which of the gospels is the earliest, but many believe it was the Gospel of Mark in about 50 AD. The Gospel of John was the last to be written, in about 90 AD, though some scholars believe it could have been as early as 70 AD.
This quiz is for anyone. If you see the Bible as a historical text only, you can find enjoyment in trivia about such an influential document. If, for you, the New Testament is a book of faith, then many of these questions will be a breeze. Click “Let’s Play!” to test your knowledge!
If you took our Old Testament quiz and didn't do so well, this is your chance for redemption. And isn't that what the Bible is all about? Let's go!
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1. Shortly after Jesus' birth, wise men, or magi, brought gifts. How many wise men were there?
4. The Bible doesn't say
The correct answer is unknown. Because they brought three gifts, people assume that there were three wise men. Biblical scholars believe there were more than three.
2. In which town was Jesus born?
The correct answer is Bethlehem. In English, Bethlehem means "House of Bread."
3. Jesus was born in a manger. What is a manger?
1. A cradle
2. A stable
3. A feeding trough
4. An inn
The correct answer is a feeding trough. Horses, oxen, and other livestock come to the trough to feed on hay, grass, oats, or other types of feed.
4. Jesus tended to a 12-year-old girl, the daughter of Jairus, who had succumbed to sickness. What did he do for her to make her better?
1. Stopped her seizures
2. Cured her fever
3. Raised her from the dead
4. Cast out her demons
The correct answer is he raised her from the dead. To revive her, he told her to rise, as she was "sleeping."
5. How long was Lazarus dead before Jesus brought him back to life?
1. 1 day
2. 2 days
3. 3 days
4. 4 days
The correct answer is four days. Many Jewish people believed that the soul hovered over the body for three days and, if given permission, the soul could re-enter the body, bringing it to life. So, to demonstrate his power, Jesus waited four days to revive Lazarus.
6. Of the following, who is not an apostle?
The correct answer is Luke. Luke never met Jesus. He got most of his information from Peter. He also wrote the Book of Acts.
7. Who offered to make Jesus the king of every earthly kingdom?
2. King Herod
3. Pontias Pilate
The correct answer is Satan. Satan offered Jesus all the world's kingdoms, if he would worship Satan.
8. One time, when Jesus was just a child, he broke away from his parents and ran to a certain place. Where did his parents find him?
1. At the well
2. In the fields
3. At home
4. In the Temple
The correct answer is in the Temple. Even as a child, Jesus was teaching others, who marveled at his teachings.
9. According to scripture, how long was Jesus in the grave (a cave or sepulcher) before he rose from the dead?
1. 1 day
2. 2 days
3. 3 days
4. 4 days
The correct answer is three days. In truth, he was only in the grave about 40 hours, but back then, any part of a day counted as a whole day.
10. When Jesus was crucified, which Jewish holiday was being celebrated?
3. Yom Kippur
The correct answer is Passover. Jesus was the Passover lamb.
11. When Jesus walked on water, who did he invite to come out of the boat to walk on water with him?
The correct answer is Peter. As Peter stepped out of the boat, he walked on water. However, when his faith waivered, he began to sink.
12. How many times is the word "Christian" used in the New Testament?
The correct answer is three. In some cases, it was meant as a derogatory term.
13. Who was the Roman procurator that ruled over Israel, and ultimately crucified Jesus?
2. Pontius Pilate
The correct answer is Pontius Pilate. He was sent by Caeser to rule over Israel, which the Romans called Palestine.
14. Jesus changed Simon's name to what?
The correct answer is Peter. His name means "the rock."
15. Where was Paul headed when Jesus spoke to him for the first time?
The correct answer is Damascus. This is the capital of Syria.
16. Which book in the New Testament contains the "Love Chapter"?
1. First Epistle to the Corinthians
2. Second Epistle to the Corinthians
3. Second Epistle to Timothy
4. Gospel of John
The correct answer is the First Epistle to the Corinthians. It is the thirteenth chapter.
17. What did Jesus tell his apostles that they would be?
1. Great disciples
2. Rulers in heaven
3. Fishers of men
4. Stones of the Temple
The correct answer is fishers of men. The first disciples were fishermen, so Jesus knew they would understand this idea.
18. What was the name of the criminal that was set free as an act of Roman grace, so that Jesus could be crucified?
3. Simon the Zealot
The correct answer is Barabbas. In Hebrew, his name means "son of the father."
19. Being Jewish, Paul was a descendent from one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Which one?
The correct answer is Benjamin. The tribal records were kept in the Temple in Jerusalem. When the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD, all records were lost. Thus, Jewish people today don't know which tribe they are from unless they come from Levi.
20. Likewise, Jesus was a descendent of one of the 12 tribes. Which one?
The correct answer is Judah, just like his ancestor King David. Jesus is known as the Lion of Judah.
21. What did Jesus do to the money changers he found in the Temple?
1. Preached about sin
2. Told parables about money
3. Attacked them with whips and smashed their tables
4. Condemned them for their sin
The correct answer is turned over their tables and beat them with whips.
22. What is the formal, biblical name for the Last Supper?
1. The Last Supper
4. The Festive
The correct answer is a seder. This is the Jewish name of the Passover meal.
23. To which island was John exiled, where he wrote the Revelation of St. John?
The correct answer is Patmos. John wrote Revelation there. He eventually left the island and died of old age.
24. Finish the phrase. In John 15:13, Jesus says that "[t]here is no greater love than this. . ."
1. than to serve God with all his heart
2. than to love with no need to receive
3. that a man would lay down his life [for his friends]
4. than to give his life to the poor
The correct answer is "[t]hat a man would lay down his life [for his friends]." Some define love as "selfless action."
25. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on what animal?
1. A mare
2. A donkey
3. A sheep
4. A foal
The correct answer is a donkey.
26. Who was the king of Israel during Jesus' ministry?
1. Herod the Great
2. Herod Antipas
3. Herod Aquilla
4. Herod Tetrachus
The correct answer is Herod Antipas. He was the son of Herod the Great, who was the king when Jesus was born.
27. According to Jesus, what is the only unforgiveable sin?
2. Satin worship
3. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
The correct answer is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. This remains largely undefined.
28. Who replaced Judas Iscariot as a new apostle?
The correct answer is Matthias. He joined the disciples after the crucifixion.
29. How many horsemen are mentioned in the apocalypse in the Book of Revelation?
The correct answer is four. They represent Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death.
30. Several months before John the Baptist was born, his father was struck with what malady?
4. Demon possession
The correct answer is muteness. He would not regain his power of speech until his son was born.
31. Jesus referred to human bodies as what?
3. Food for worms
4. Living decay
The correct answer is Temples. He said that the human body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit.
32. Who was the high priest that demanded Jesus be crucified?
1. Rabbi Nachman
3. Bar Kochba
The correct answer is Caiaphas. He was a Sadduce, not a Pharisee.
33. What did Jesus pull from the mouth of a fish?
1. A coin
2. A scroll
3. A smaller fish
4. A hook
The correct answer is a coin. He used it to pay the Temple tax.
34. What did the apostle Paul do for a living?
1. A preacher
2. A carpenter
3. A tent maker
4. A rabbi
The correct answer is he was a tent maker. Many storefronts in those days were comprised of tents.
35. What was Jesus' first miracle after he began his ministry?
1. Walked on water
2. Raised the dead
3. Turned water to wine
4. Healed the blind
The correct answer is he turned water to wine. He did this at a wedding in Cana.
36. The first 3 gospels of the Bible all offer a sort of chronology of the life and ministry of Jesus. Thus, they are called what?
1. Parallel Gospels
2. Synoptic Gospels
3. Cohesive Gospels
4. Syntactic Gospels
The correct answer is the Synoptic Gospels. They all have the same theme. However, the Gospel of John is different, focusing on the Cristology of Jesus.
37. Was John the Baptist actually related to Jesus?
1. Yes, by the Holy Spirit
3. Yes, they were cousins
4. Yes, they were half-brothers
The correct answer is yes, they were first cousins. Mary and Elizabeth were sisters.
38. After Jesus rose from the dead, he spoke to two men on a road, then disappeared. Where were the men going?
The correct answer is Emmaus.
39. Finish the following phrase from Romans 6:23. "From the wages of sin is..." what?
The correct answer is death. All sin, according to the New Testament, leads to death; forgiven sins, however, hold no power.
40. How many books are in the New Testament?
The correct answer is 27 for most contemporary Christian tradtions.
41. Who killed John the Baptist?
1. Pontius Pilate
The correct answer is King Herod. His wife and step-daughter demanded that John be beheaded.
42. From which mountain did Jesus ascend into heaven?
The correct answer is the Mount of Olives. This mountain is still heavily traveled to today in Israel.
43. In the vineyard parable, those who worked a full day were paid one denarius. What was paid to those who worked 1/4 of a day?
1. 1/4 denarius
2. 1/2 denarius
3. 1 denarius
4. They received no wages
The correct answer is one denarius. The parable refers to those that come to faith early in life and to those that come later in life. The reward for both is the same.
44. Who is the only non-Jewish author of the New Testament?
The correct answer is Luke. Luke was a physician, and he was not Jewish.
45. Jesus came upon a woman about to be publicly stoned for which crime?
The correct answer is adultery. This account was not in the original manuscripts and was likely added in the late second century.
46. Follow-up: What did Jesus say to the crowd to get them to drop their stones?
1. "Who among you is without sin?"
2. "Her sins are forgiven her."
3. "Let him that is without sin cast the first stone."
4. "Let no man condemn her, as I have forgiven her."
"Let him that is without sin cast the first stone," is the correct answer. This means all people are guilty of something. Therefore, no one should assume to judge others.
47. Which of the men below is not one of the original twelve disciples?
The correct answer is Paul. Paul never met Jesus during his earthly ministry.
48. Who found recently converted Christians and then brought them back to the temple to be stoned?
The correct answer is Paul. Prior to becoming Paul, he was Saul of Tarsus. He later said that he was the chief sinner, because of how he lived his life prior to conversion.
49. Paul, when imprisoned, demanded to be taken to Rome to appeal to Caesar. What was the outcome?
1. He was jailed
2. He was crucified
3. He was beheaded
4. He was fed to lions
The correct answer is that Paul was beheaded. Rome found him guilty of treason.
50. Why was Jesus born in Bethlehem?
1. A census
2. A visit to family
3. A religious holiday
4. Returning from travels
The correct answer is that Joseph and Mary returned to Joseph's ancestral homeland to register for the census. This was commanded by Caeser.
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