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Nelson's Amazing Bible Trivia
By Brad Densmore
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2011 Brad Densmore
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GENESIS (c. 1950-1550 B.C.)
1. According to Genesis, what was the first thing God said?
A. "Let the land produce living creatures."
B. "Let there be light."
C. "Let the waters be gathered into one place."
D. "Now where did I lay my glasses?"
2. What were the first things in creation God saw as "good"?
A. Land and seas
B. Video games
C. Sky and clouds
D. Trees and plants
E. Night and day
3. On which day of creation did God bring about humans?
A. The second day
B. Humans were actually made by Mattel, and God quickly decided they were bad news.
C. The sixth day
D. None of the above
E. The morning of the fourth day
4. What did God say would happen to the man if he ate from the forbidden tree?
A. He would die.
B. He would realize he was naked.
C. He would have no TV for a week.
D. He would be doomed to till the ground forever.
E. He would be cast out of Eden.
5. What happened just prior to God's creation of Eve?
A. The serpent appeared to Adam.
B. An angel appeared to Adam.
C. Adam named the animals.
D. Adam tasted the forbidden fruit.
6. Which of the following were NOT part of God's curse for Adam and Eve's disobedience?
A. Athlete's foot
B. The death of Cain
C. Banishment from Eden
D. The cursing of the ground
E. Pain in childbirth
7. Why did God put a mark on Cain?
A. So that everyone would know he was the son of sinful parents
B. So he could reenter Eden without having to pay again
C. To protect him from injury by others
D. To signify him as "holy unto God"
E. To remind everyone he came in contact with that he was a murderer
8. How old was Adam when his third son, Seth, was born?
A. 130 years
B. 865 years
C. 417 years
D. 58 years
9. This man walked with God, and one day God simply "took him."
10. Genesis alluded to a race of giants which existed before the Great Flood. What were they called?
D. Mighty men of old
11. Although Noah's ark was measured in cubits, about how many feet long was it?
12. According to Genesis Chapter 7, how long did the flood waters cover the earth?
A. 40 days and nights
B. 100 days
C. 360 days
D. Just one weekend when they had planned a family picnic
E. 150 days
13. What two birds did waters?
A. A sparrow and a raven
B. A pterodactyl and a hum- mingbird
C. A pigeon and a crow
D. A hawk and a dove
E. A raven and a dove
14. How old was Noah when the flood ended?
A. 601 years
B. 825 years
C. 257 years
D. 400 years
15. What did God tell Noah would be the sign of His covenant to never flood the earth again?
A. The sunshine
B. A secret handshake
C. A rainbow
D. The proliferation of animals
16. Which of Noah's sons was cursed for seeing his father's nakedness?
D. Peeping Tom
17. What TWO reasons did men give for constructing the city and Tower of Babel?
A. To control their enemies and their flocks
B. To reach into the heavens and be as gods
C. To make a name for themselves and not be scattered abroad over the face of the earth
D. To keep watch over the fertile plains and keep the tribes of God together
18. When Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah), his wife, went down to Egypt to escape a famine, what did they tell the Egyptians?
A. That Abram was a leper
B. That they were actually brother and sister
C. That God had sent them to punish Egypt
D. That Sarai was pregnant
19. The first example of tithing appears in Genesis 14, when Abram gives a tenth of his "battle winnings" to this High Priest:
A. Uncle Sam
E. Eliezer of Damascus
20. God told Abram that his descendants would be enslaved and mistreated for how long?
A. "Many years"
B. "Two generations"
C. "A thousand years"
D. "Four hundred years"
E. "Until they repent"
21. Which of the following was true concerning Abraham's family:
A. He had a daughter named Hagar with his wife Sarah and an illegitimate son named Isaac with an unnamed woman.
B. He had a son named Isaac with Hagar and a son named Ishmael with his wife Sarah.
C. He had a son named Isaac with his wife Sarah and a son named Ishmael with his wife's servant Hagar.
D. Sarah, his wife, had Ishmael when she was very old and thought herself barren.
22. How many righteous people did God initially require for Sodom to be spared; what was His final requirement after Abraham argued with Him?
A. One hundred; seven
B. Eighty; twenty
C. Fifty; ten
D. Seventy; five
23. After God knew Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac, an angel stopped him. Abraham sacrificed what instead?
A. A ram that was trapped nearby
B. His nosy neighbor, Mr. Kravitz
C. A small lamb he had brought along
D. A dove
24. To whom did God say, "Two nations are In your womb, and two peoples shall be separated from your body."
25. What did Isaac and the Herdsmen of Gerar quarrel over in the Valley of Gerar?
C. Foreign women
D. Sheep and oxen
E. Tickets to a NASCAR race at Beersheba
26. Who helped Jacob "steal" his father's blessing which was intended for Esau?
B. Esau's wife, Judith
C. Rebekah, Jacob's mother
D. An angel of the Lord
E. The ghost of Abraham
27. During Jacob's dream about a ladder reaching into Heaven, what did God tell him his descendants would be compared to?
A. The dust of the earth
B. The grains of the sand of the sea
C. The stars of the heavens
D. Drops of water in the ocean
E. Flies in a barnyard
28. Which of the following statements was true concerning Jacob's wives and children?
A. His father-in-law tricked him by making him marry Rachel first, when he was actually in love with Leah.
B. Leah never produced any children, while Rachel had several children with Jacob.
C. Neither Rachel nor Leah bore children for Jacob, so they gave him their maidservants, and both bore him children.
D. Eventually Jacob had children by both Leah, Rachel, and their maidservants.
E. Jacob practiced celibacy and never fathered children.
29. What was the new name given to Jacob by the man (angel) he wrestled with?
A. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
30. What were Joseph's brothers planning to blame his death on after they killed him?
A. Thieves who robbed then murdered him
B. Thirst/heat exhaustion
C. Drowning while watering cattle
D. A wild animal attack
31. He slept with his daughter-in-law, whom he mistook for a prostitute. As a result, she had twins. Who was this man?
32. Which two officials offended the pharaoh of Egypt and found themselves in prison with Joseph?
A. The astrologer and the cupbearer
B. The vineyard keeper and the chief consul
C. The press secretary and the lobbyist
D. The chief butler and the chief baker
E. The diviner and the chief musician
33. What dream did Joseph interpret for Pharaoh that ultimately led to his being put in charge of all the land in Egypt?
A. A dream in which Pharaoh thought he ate a five pound marshmallow, then awakened to discover his pillow was missing
B. A dream about grapevine branches, with the grapes being squeezed into Pharaoh's cup
C. A dream about seven healthy cows being eaten by seven sickly cows
D. A dream about an army marching on Egypt, made up of skeleton-like soldiers
E. A dream about the death of POtiphar's wife
34. What did Joseph have his servant put in Benjamin's sack, as if Benjamin had stolen it?
A. A silver cup
B. A gold ring
C. A red jewel
D. His Nike sweatband
E. A letter from Pharaoh
35. What was Pharaoh's response when he heard Joseph had invited his family to Egypt?
A. He was enraged and sent Joseph away, threatening to have him killed if he ever returned.
B. He was extremely saddened and lowered Joseph's rank.
C. He offered no response.
D. He was pleased and offered the best of Egypt to them.
36. What did Israel (Jacob) say to Joseph (whom he thought long dead) upon meeting him in Goshen?
A. "I will punish your brothers for their great evil."
B. "Am I seeing a ghost?"
C. "Now I can die peacefully, since I know you are alive."
D. "Your dreams as a youth have come true."
E. "Hot diggedy dogl I feel like I just won a million Shekels!"
37. Why did Joseph become displeased with his father, Jacob, just prior to his death?
A. Because Jacob had defamed Pharaoh
B. Because he blessed Joseph's younger son over the older one
C. Because he asked Joseph to forgive his brothers for selling him into slavery
D. Because his father accused him of taking advantage of the Hebrews during the famine
38. Whom did Jacob request that he be buried with?
A. Adam and Eve
B. Abraham and Sarah
C. Isaac, Rebekah and Leah
E. A & B only
F. B & C only
G. A & D only
39. The book of Genesis ended with what event?
A. The renewal of Egypt after the great famine
B. God's anointing of Moses
C. A chili cook-off
D. The rise of a new pharaoh who disliked the Hebrews
E. The death of JosephCHAPTER 2
EXODUS (c. 1500-1400 B.C.)
1. Historians believe that the Israelite race in Egypt numbered as many as three million people prior to the Exodus. How many of Jacob's descendants originally went to Egypt?
B. 1000 men, plus women and children
D. The Bible doesn't specifically say.
2. What was the primary reason the Egyptians disliked the Israelites?
A. They didn't accept the Israelites' God.
B. They feared them because the Israelites were so numerous.
C. Their skin color was noticeably different.
D. They had a fundamental disagreement regarding the NBA strike.
E. They saw the Israelites as a draining force on their resources.
3. What two plans did Pharaoh attempt to implement in order to begin destroying the Israelites?
A. Drowning all the children; letting the sick die
B. Having midwives kill all the babies born; working the older Israelites to death
C. Throwing all the male children under age three into the Nile; threatening death to women who became pregnant
D. Having the midwives kill all male children born; throwing all male babies into the Nile
4. How old was Moses when his mother put him in a basket and hid him among the reeds on the Nile?
A. About fourteen years, just when he was starting to get a little obnoxious
B. Three months
C. Fourteen months
D. Two weeks
5. Why did Moses kill an Egyptian, according to Exodus 2:11?
A. The Egyptian had raped his sister.
B. The Egyptian blasphemed the Hebrew God.
C. Moses saw him beating a Hebrew.
D. Moses had just lost a bundle in a pyramid scheme, and was in a rotten mood.
E. The Egyptian threatened to kill him.
6. What was Moses' father-in-law's name and occupation? A. His name was Jethro, and he was a priest.
B. His name was Vinnie, and he was a lounge singer.
C. His name was Midian, and he was a farmer.
D. His name was Marah, and he was an artisan.
E. His name was Gershom, and he was a tender of flocks.
7. When God called Moses from the burning bush. He told Moses that these people would listen to him.
A. All of His people
B. The new generations (youth)
C. The angels of Heaven
D. The elders and Pharaoh
8. Which of the following were NOT among the miracles God showed Moses at his calling?
A. A flaming sword
B. A disease-like transformation of Moses' hand
C. A vision of the Egyptian Moses killed
D. A rod that became a serpent
E. A dancing bear
9. Which of the following were among the plagues God brought on Egypt?
D. Obvious tan lines
E. Death of livestock
10. Which of the following did Moses take with him as the Israelites left Egypt?
A. The body of Pharaoh's son
B. The mummified body of Jacob
C. His cell phone
D. Blank tablets on which God would later inscribe the Ten Commandments
E. The bones of Joseph
11. What did God do to the Egyptian army just prior to drowning them in the Red Sea?
A. Forced them to eat brussel sprouts
B. Took the wheels off their chariots
C. Burned half of the army in a pillar of fire
D. Caused many of the Egyptian soldiers to fall asleep
E. Made their horses ill
12. What did Moses do at Marah in order to make the "bitter" water drinkable and "sweet"?
A. Touched the water with his rod
B. Tossed in two halazone tablets
C. Knelt by the water and praised God
D. Sacrificed a young goat, and put the blood in the water
E. Threw a tree into the water
13. What does the Bible say manna tasted like?
A. Like a cake, with a flavor of pomegranates
B. Like raisins
C. Like unleavened bread, with a sweetness of lemon
D. Like wafers made with honey
E. Like strawberries, only crunchy
14. When the Amalekites attacked the Israelites at Rephidim, what was the Israelite victory dependent upon?
A. Moses raising his hands
B. The sword belonging to the angel of the Lord
C. A serpent on a pole
D. Aaron's rod raised before the Israelite army
E. The Israelite's uncanny ability to throw hand-grenades
15. What important advice did Moses' father-in-law give him, which he followed?
A. "Those who disobey God should be put to death."
B. "Take two more wives for yourself."
C. "Appoint others to help settle disputes."
D. "Go to Sinai and wait for God's instructions."
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