In line with my earlier post about the importance of theology for apologetics, it naturally follows that Christians engaged in apologetics should have a firm grasp of the bible. This quiz is only a start in that respect. It asks questions that require short answers. A serious grasp of the bible would include being able to summarize the flow of biblical books, tracing the metanarrative, and so on. However, a quiz like this is still useful in helping us be honest with ourselves about how much we do and do not know.
So you must be honest in taking this quiz. The quiz is meant to be taken without any help, including not using the bible. You do not need to post how you did since the quiz is solely for your own purposes. Finally, while you are allowed to take educated guesses, I would recommend not answering a question if it is merely a guess. We do not want to get the answer correct by a random guess and thereby conclude that we know more than we do. This is important: please do not guess.
Finally, the questions are not meant to be trivia or trick questions. The questions are relatively straightforward and ones that I would expect devout Christians who read their whole bibles to know. If you are not satisfied with your score and want to grow in your knowledge of the bible, we would like to help (see the end of this post to get in touch).
Easy Questions (1 point each)
- Who built the ark?
- What Psalm includes the line “The Lord is my Shepherd”?
- Name the three patriarchs (the three ancestors of the nation of Israel that are mentioned in Genesis).
- On what day did God rest in the Genesis creation account?
- What book contains the following, “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age'”?
- Name three of the gospels.
- What book tells the history of the early church?
- Who was king during the building of the first temple in Israel?
- Who was the first king of Israel?
- What apostle betrayed Jesus?
- On what road does the risen Jesus appear to Saul?
Medium Questions (2 points each)
- What does Proverbs teach is the beginning of wisdom?
- What book tells the story of a prophet marrying and being faithful to a prostitute?
- What OT prophet says, “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant…I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more”?
- What book says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus?”
- Name four different letters found in the New Testament (only one per author).
- What book includes the line, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory”?
- In what two books do the Ten Commandments appear?
- What Old Testament book includes the command, “Love your neighbor as yourself”?
- What Psalm is Jesus quoting when he says, “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me”?
- What New Testament book says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy”?
Hard Questions (3 points each)
- Name the prophet that said: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore”?
- What biblical book mentions an event that gives rise to the phrase, “the writing is on the wall”?
- Name ten of the Minor Prophets (the books that come after Daniel).
It is now time to see how you did. You can find the answers by clicking this link. Remember that a correct easy question receives one point, a correct medium question receives two points, and a correct hard question receives three points. Once you have checked your answers, add your points together to get a total.
There are a total of 40 possible points. Here is a scale indicating how well you did:
32-35 points: Good
28-31 points: Not bad
24-27 points: Room for improvement
20-23 points: Barely above 50% of total points
19 or below: Below 50% of total points
Again, this is for your purposes. I hope this quiz was helpful. The point is not to make people feel bad, but to help us be honest with ourselves about what we do or do not know. One way to grow in your knowledge would be to look at the answers you missed and see if they have anything in common. This will help identify weaknesses. Again, if you are not satisfied with your score and want to grow in your knowledge of the bible, we would like to help. You can get in contact with us here, email me directly, or message us on Facebook.