Guest Post: Bible Quiz 2

Guest Post: Bible Quiz 2 October 8, 2018

This Bible quiz is a guest post from long-time commenter avalon. He put together another one a few months ago here.

I got a poor score, but I learned a lot. Take the quiz and see how you do.


1. What price did David pay to marry King Saul’s daughter?

2. What is the significance of God walking between the animals that were cut in two during His covenant with Abram?

3. Why did Paul mention a rock that followed the Israelites in the desert?

[Our ancestors during the Exodus] drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4)

4. Which prophet compared the male genitals of Egyptians to donkeys and horses?

5. After Noah’s ark landed, Genesis refers to the arc of color appearing in the sky as a rain-bow. If God had a “bow,” what would his arrows be?

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  • Illithid

    I got foreskins, 200 even. Guessed at Ezekiel and lightning bolts.

  • Jim Jones
  • epicurus

    I got a big fat ZERO! What a Loser!

    • I knew of the foreskins but had to be reminded, so I got a zero as well. 🙁

  • Michael Neville

    I knew the 200 foreskins, I didn’t know any of the rest.

  • Greg G.

    I knew the answer to #1 and that the asking price was half that. I knew book, chapter, and verse for #4. I guessed the answer to #5 through word play with no Bible consideration involved.

    • TheNuszAbides

      i knew #4 because of you. i’d forgotten #1 and guessed everything else incorrectly.

  • Bob Jase

    100 foreskins? Good thing it was an even round number, I’ve no idea how to make change for a foreskin.

    • And then they count them out. That’s a rather disgusting image way too early in the morning.

      And now I want to take a shower.

  • RichardSRussell

    On #3, a likelier explanation was that Moses’s version of Siri kept running him in circles, and it was the same rock he kept returning to time after time. No wonder the trip took 40 years.

    • Greg G.

      No, Siri, not the Red Sea, the DEAD Sea!

      I stole that.

  • Greg G.

    There are so many strange claims in the Bible that I had never paid attention to Paul’s claim about the rock following the Israelites around. Since avalon mentioned it, I had to look it up. Here are the contexts of the verses he mentioned (1 Corinthians 10:4, Exodus 17:7, and Numbers 20:13).

    1 Corinthians 10:1-5 (NRSV)1 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.

    Exodus 17:1-7 (NRSV)1 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

    Numbers 20:1-13 (NRSV)1 The Israelites, the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh. Miriam died there, and was buried there.2 Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and against Aaron. 3 The people quarreled with Moses and said, “Would that we had died when our kindred died before the Lord! 4 Why have you brought the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here? 5 Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to bring us to this wretched place? It is no place for grain, or figs, or vines, or pomegranates; and there is no water to drink.” 6 Then Moses and Aaron went away from the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting; they fell on their faces, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 7 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 8 Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and your brother Aaron, and command the rock before their eyes to yield its water. Thus you shall bring water out of the rock for them; thus you shall provide drink for the congregation and their livestock.9 So Moses took the staff from before the Lord, as he had commanded him. 10 Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Listen, you rebels, shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff; water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me, to show my holiness before the eyes of the Israelites, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” 13 These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarreled with the Lord, and by which he showed his holiness.

    “Massah” comes from the Hebrew word for “temptation”. “Meribah” comes from the Hebrew word for “quarrel”.

    Obviously, the wilderness of Zin and the wilderness of Sin have to have been two different places. <&slash;snark> Paul usually quoted from the Septuagint which might have had completely different words but the version has “σιν” or (“ΣΙΝ”) for both verses.

    Since the archaeological evidence regarding the Exodus story is counter to it being true, we regard it as fiction. But it looks like there are two different versions of oral tradition that were recorded at a later date. The question is whether the death of Miriam was added to Numbers or dropped from the Exodus account.

    Here are the NIV Cross References for the events Paul alludes to in the 1 Corinthians passage.

    A.1 Corinthians 10:1 : S Romans 11:25
    B.1 Corinthians 10:1 : Exodus 13:21; Psalm 105:39
    C.1 Corinthians 10:1 : Exodus 14:22,29; Psalm 66:6
    D.1 Corinthians 10:2 : Romans 6:3
    E.1 Corinthians 10:3 : S John 6:31
    F.1 Corinthians 10:4 : Exodus 17:6; Numbers 20:11; Psalm 78:15; 105:41
    G.1 Corinthians 10:5 : Numbers 14:29; Hebrews 3:17; Jude 5