How much do you know about the Bible?

1. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time: True/False


2. The King James Version was the first translation of the Bible into English: True/False


3. At least parts of the Bible have been translated into over 3,000 languages: True/False


4. The original manuscripts of the Bible were written only in Hebrew and Koiné Greek: True/False


5. The Declaration of Independence directly quotes the Bible: True/False


6. Which of these is not a Bible verse?

A) God helps those who helps themselves

B) Cleanliness is next to godliness

C) This too shall pass

D) God moves in mysterious ways

E) None of these are in the Bible


7. Which of these is not a parable told by Jesus?

A) The Prodigal Son

B) The Dishonest Steward

C) The Foolish Goat

D) The Lost Sheep

E) The Good Samaritan


8. The book of Deuteronomy contains mainly these, intended to guide the people of Israel: 

A) Laws

B) Psalms

C) Parables

D) Recipes

E) Pictures


9. According to Proverbs, most of its sayings were written by whom?

A) Lemuel

B) David

C) Moses

D) Jesus

E) Solomon


10. The shortest verse in most English translations of the Bible is which of these?

A) Esther 8:9

B) John 11:35

C) Genesis 26:6

D) Job 3:2

E) 1 Thessalonians 5:16


11. The Bible was divided into chapters at what point?

A) The first century

B) The fifth century

C) The tenth century

D) The thirteenth century

E) The sixteenth century


12. We owe the following English words or phrases to Wycliffe’s and Tyndale’s Bible translations:

A) Salt of the earth

B) First fruits

C) Scapegoat

D) Brother’s keeper

E) All of the above 


13. Which was the first full translation of the Bible to be made in North America?

A) The King James Version

B) The Eliot Indian Bible

C) The Bay Psalm Book

D) The Coverdale Bible

E) The Douay-Rheims Bible


14. Thomas Jefferson cut (literally—with a razor!) what out of his Bible edition The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth:

A) Geographical descriptions

B) Statistics about Israel

C) Miracles

D) Stories about women

E) References to war


15. The Philadelphia Bible Riots were caused by:

A) An attempt to steal Bibles

B) A shortage of Bibles

C) A law against selling Bibles

D) An effort to turn Bibles into bullets

E) A rumor that Catholics wanted the Bible removed from public schools


Answers: 1. True; 2. False (there are Old English translations of at least part of the Bible going back to the seventh century); 3. True; 4. False (some parts of the Old Testament are in Aramaic); 5. False (there are references to God but no direct scriptural quotes); 6. E; 7. C; 8. A; 9. E; 10. B (1 Thessalonians 5:16 has more letters in English—it is the shortest in Greek; Job 3:2 is shortest in the NIV); 11. D (verse divisions were not added until the sixteenth century, though); 12. E; 13. B; 14. C; 15. E.

By the editors and contributors

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #138 in 2021]

Thanks to Stanley Malless and Jeffrey McQuain, Coined by God (2003), for the information on Bible words and phrases.
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