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In light of my knowledge post yesterday, I decided to use it as our small group topic last night. If you google Bible Knowledge Tests- there’s about a million of them online. But I needed one to print and pass out.

So I found this one:

Gary Burgeis a Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He gives a test on biblical knowledge annually to his first year students. Even though almost all of his students come from Fundamentalist or other Evangelical denominations, he finds that they average only 50 to 55% on this test. He suggests that the result show that we are now living in a post-Christian era. The test is below:

1. Which of the following names is not a book in the Bible books is not in the Bible?

  • a. Nehemiah; b. Jude; c. Hezekiah; d. Joel; e. Song of Solomon

2. Who was the first king of Israel?

  • a. Saul; b. Solomon; c. David; d. Samuel; e. Moses

3. In their later years, Sarah and Abraham had a son who they called “laughter.” What was his actual name?

  • a. Samuel; b. Moses; c. Isaac; d. Jacob; e. Ishmael

4. Who of the following is not a prophet from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament)

  • a. Elisha; b. Elijah; c. Aaron; d. Isaiah; e. Joel

5. List the following in the order with which they appear in the Bible:

  • a. the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai; b. Creation of the world; c. the fall of humanity; d. the Exodus from Egypt; e. the flood of Noah

6. Sort the following characters in chronological order:

  • a. Moses; b. Adam; c. David; d. Solomon; e. Abraham

7. Which of these is the name of a book in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament)

  • a. Judges; b. Malachi; c. Deuteronomy; d. Hebrews; e. Isaiah

8. Who wrote the book of Philemon?

  • a. Philemon; b. Paul; c. Peter; d. Onesimus; e. John

9. According to the Bible, who of these was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles?
a. Paul; b. Matthew; c. Luke; d. Timothy; e. Silas

10. Who was the man who Pontius Pilate released during Jesus’ trial?

  • a. Barnabas; b. Peter; c. Silas; d. Barabbas; e. Paul

11. How many temptations did Jesus endure in the wilderness?

  • a. one; b. two; c. three; d. four; e. five

12. Sort the following events in chronological order:

  • a. The Holy Spirit descends on believers at Pentecost; b. John has a vision on the Island of Patmos; c. Jesus is baptized in the Jordan River; d. Paul, Barnabas and Mark are sent out on a mission by the church; e. Peter denies that he knows Jesus.

13. Sort the following events in chronological order:

  • a. The arrest of Paul in Jerusalem; b. Mary’s response to the Angel; c. Nicodemus’ conversation about rebirth; d. Peter’s denial of Jesus.

14. In which book of the Bible are the most commonly cited version of the Ten Commandments?

  • a. Isaiah; b. Exodus; c. Genesis; d. Numbers; e. Matthew

15. In which book is the first Passover described?

  • a. Genesis; b. Numbers; c. 1 Samuel; d. Exodus; e. 2 Kings

16. In which book is the prayer “Create in me a clean heart, O God” found?

  • a. Proverbs; b. Ezekiel; c. Psalms; d. Deuteronomy; e. Luke

17. In which book is the Lord’s Prayer found?

  • a. Matthew; b. Acts; c. Ephesians; d. Malachi; e. Isaiah

18. In which book is the phrase “in the beginning was the Word” found?

  • a. Acts; b. Isaiah; c. John; d. Leviticus; e. Romans

19. Which of the following is the son of Elizabeth and Zechariah?

  • a. Jesus; b. Samuel; c. Paul; d. Timothy; e. John the Baptist

20. Near which holy day was Jesus crucified?

  • a. Passover; b. Hannukah; c. Tabernacles; d. Sabbath; e. Purim


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