This year, in place of the Children’s Summer Reading Program, the RBC library is holding a weekly Bible Quiz that the young and not-so-young can participate in. To reveal an answer from the list below, just click on the question.
1. Which book of the Bible does not mention the word "God"?
The book of Esther.
It is shocking to learn that an entire book of the Bible makes no reference to God. The author of Esther goes to great lengths to avoid mentioning His name, possibly because the book was written and circulated at a time when the Jews were facing persecution.
2. Were there any women prophets in the New Testament?
Yes. Anna (Luke 2:36-27) and the four daughters of Philip (Acts 21:9).
Naturally, there were many male prophets: John the Baptist, Agabus (Acts 11:27-28, Acts 21:10), Judas and Silas (Acts 15:32), Simeon, Lucius, Manaen and Saul (Acts 13:1)
3. Paul’s letter to Philemon was written on behalf of a slave. What was the name of the slave?
Onesimus (Philemon 1:9)
The short book of Philemon is one of the more neglected books in the New Testament. In it we get a glimpse into both the apostle’s personal life and his view on slaves, as he tells Philemon to welcome Onesimus back "as a dear brother."
4. When Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his hometown," He gave the example of two Old Testament prophets. Name them.
Elijah and Elisha (Luke 4:24-27)
Jesus explains that during the 3-year drought, Elijah was sent by God to a widow in Zarephath of Sidon (1 Kings 17), which was outside Israel’s borders. Jesus also explains that Elisha only cleansed Naaman the Syrian (2 Kings 5), and not an Israelite.
5. Besides Jesus Christ, name at least 3 biblical figures in both the Old and New Testaments who were raised from the dead.
- The prophet Elijah in the Old Testament raised the son of the widow from Zarephath (1 Kings 17:17-24)
- Elijah’s successor, Elisha, raised the son of a Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:18-37)
- A dead man whose body was thrown into the tomb containing Elisha’s bones was also raised to life (2 Kings 13:20-21)
- Jesus Christ raised:
- the son of the widow from the town of Nain (Luke 7:11-15)
- Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:35-43)
- Lazarus, who had been dead four days (John 11:38-43)
- The apostle Peter raised Dorcas, also known as Tabitha (Acts 9:36-42)
- The apostle Paul raised Eutychus, who fell out of a window during one of Paul’s sermons (Acts 20:7-12)
Additionally, an unknown number of people were raised to life at the death of Jesus Christ (Matthew 27:52-53)
6. Which two books in the Bible end in a question?
Jonah and Nahum in the Old Testament.
These two books have one other thing in common: they both contain prophecies about Nineveh.
7. Name at least 5 biblical figures who had their names changed.
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Additionally, some people in the Bible had more than one name, for example the apostle Matthew/Levi, the apostle Nathanael/Bartholemew, the apostle Thaddeus/James son of Alphaeus, John Mark (who wrote the second gospel).
8. Arrange these biblical figures in chronological order: Isaiah, Nehemiah, Elijah.
Elijah, Isaiah, Nehemiah.
Elijah was a prophet in the northern kingdom in the 9th century B.C; Isaiah was a prophet in the southern kingdom in the 8th century B.C; Nehemiah was a leader among those who returned to Jerusalem after the exile in the 5th century B.C.
9. Who among the following isn’t named in Hebrews 11: Enoch, Joshua, Rahab, Samson?
It is somewhat surprising that God inspires the author to include Samson but not Joshua. The lesson for us is that faith can be found even in the most unexpected people.
10. When the Israelites left Egypt, whose bones did they carry with them to the Promised Land?
Joseph, son of Jacob, knew the promise God made to Abraham that his descendants would be slaves in a foreign land and would be rescued by God after 400 years (Genesis 15:13-14). On the basis of this promise, he made his brothers promise that they would take his bones away from Egypt (Genesis 50:25). Moses took the bones with him (Exodus 13:19), and Joshua buried them (Joshua 24:32).
11. The apostle Paul wrote letters to the churches at Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae and Thessalonica. Which of these cities did he not visit during his missionary journeys?
In the book of Acts we read of his visiting Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi and Thessalonica in chapters 18, 19, 16 and 17 respectively.