How is Your Bible IQ ?
Working from memory, without reference to your Bible or the internet (honor system) answer the following statements as being True or False.
1. Exodus and Deuteronomy both contain versions of the Ten Commandments. _________
2. The Gospel of Matthew tells of the flight into Egypt. ___________
3. The claim that Jesus empties himself (kenosis) to assume the form of a servant is found in Hebrews. ____________
4. The name Issac means sorrow. _________
5. God is not mentioned in the Book of Esther. __________
6. In writing to the Romans, Paul announced that he hoped to travel to Spain. __________
7. Samuel was the king who followed David. ___________
8. The name of the mother of Jesus is never mentioned in the Gospel according to John. ___________
9. Jeremiah’s secretary was Amon. ___________
10. The story of a Moabite woman who married a wealthy Israelite farmer is recounted in the Book of Esther. ___________
11. The cup bearer of a Persian king who was given permission by his master to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem was Ezra. ___________
12. Brevard Childs and James Sanders are well known for “canonical criticism”. __________
13. Remoth was a city of refuge. ___________
14. Ehud was the first judge of Israel. ___________
15. “Money,” the Bible says, “is the root of all evil.” ___________
The answers will be posted this evening at 6.00 pm (PST) in the comments section of this post.
Fifteen right – If you’re not leading a Bible Study… you should be
Fourteen right – Your pastor looks to you for approval
Thirteen right – A “Daily Reader”
Twelve right – A “Daily Reader”… sometimes
Eleven right – Bible Study attendee
Ten right – Bible Study attendee… sometimes
Nine right – You remember a lot from Sunday School
Eight right – With a 50/50 chance, you beat the odds
Seven right – With a 50/50 chance, you didn’t beat the odds
Six right – You don’t remember too much from Sunday School
Five right – You’re interested… start reading
Four right – Are you interested?
Three right – Sunday morning television church is not enough
Two right – You might want to find where you stashed your Bible
One right – Joel Osteen Bible College Graduate
None right – Uh oh…
But # 12????
That was one for those who think they know it all! ?
These questions are more like Bible Truvia than IQ. They are designed specifically for those who have a detail oriented, rather than broad range approach to study.
Only people with specific course work, learning approach and experience will be able to answer them correctly.
It isn’t a measure of anyone’s IQ so don’t feel “less than” if you don’t get the correct answers.
I got 13/15. I knew 10 (I think) and guessed 3/5. I agree that they’re largely trivia. I didn’t have much clue about the heresies, having only heard of a few of them.
Thinking about today’s various theological & ecclesiastical controversies, I wonder, had they occurred in the times of ecumenical councils, whether some definitive answers would have been given that anathematised sections of the Church (or possibly caused the Church to conform mostly on that point).
There are parachurch bodies that require assent to something the Nicene Creed, which clarifies Christology but says nothing about liturgy, women in leadership, gifts of the Spirit, church polity, sacraments, musical styles etc.
Yes, it’s a bit more like trivia on this one. To do the “broad range” would require essays… and I’ve already marked enough of those in my life! ?
Oh yes, “IQ” is merely what we used as the consistent title. No one should feel “less than” – this is fun, not work!
“…but says nothing about liturgy, women in leadership, gifts of the Spirit, church polity, sacraments, musical styles etc.”
I doubt if we could find agreement agreement on such matters in a local congregation these days!
IMO Christians should be less concerned about what people have memorized (though there’s nothing wrong with, and often something very good about, Scripture memorization), and more concerned that people hear Scripture for what it is, i.e., as the Word of God, and believe it and obey it as such.
15. True AND False – “love of money…”
Thank you so much for your opinion….
15 true and false?
For the pedantic.. “love of money is the root of all evil” is the text, but someone could say “money is the root of all evil”… covering my bets ? !
Had to guess on 4, 12 , and 13. Guessed wrong on 1 of those.
Perhaps Joel Osteen should enroll in my Bible College 🙂 🙂 🙂
BD and Josh
Well done. I lifted some of these from my General Ordination Exam – as part of the four day examination, we had 150 questions like this and last week to answer in two hours…
Between now and May I have to take a similar exam from the accrediting agency in order to receive my MDiV. Hope there are more like these, and less on heresies 🙂
11. Guessed on a few.
Well done… guessing is permitted ? !
No. 15 is “the root of all kinds of evil”, isn’t it?
Childs I have read, Sanders not familiar.
Exodus and Deuteronomy both are the Word of God. To merely “contain” versions of it then places my vulues above It’s own.
Yes, that’s why I placed it as a “give-away” – for the quote and the meaning…
Well done! Funny how the “verse by verse” method of study has stayed with us all these years…