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BAR Anniversary Bible Quiz

From Strata in BAR, March/April 2015

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In honor of our 40th anniversary, we have compiled a list of 40 momentous Biblical events and trivia. Test your knowledge of the Bible and see if you can guess the answers—no cheating!


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A dove returns to Noah’s ark with an olive branch in its beak in this detail of a woodcut from the Nuremberg Bible. Credit: Victoria & Albert Picture Library.

1. How long did rain fall on Noah’s ark during the Genesis Flood? (Genesis 7:12)

2. How long did Noah wait to open a window? (Genesis 8:6)

3. How old was Abraham when he departed from Haran? (Genesis 12:4)

4. How old was Isaac when he married Rebekah? (Genesis 25:20)

5. How old was Joseph when he became second-in-command to pharaoh? (Genesis 41:46)

6. How many days did the physicians embalm Israel (in Egypt)? (Genesis 50:3)

7. How long did the Israelites live in Egypt before the Exodus? (Exodus 12:40)

8. How many years did the Israelites eat manna in the desert? (Exodus 16:35)

9. How long did Moses stay on Mt. Sinai writing the Ten Commandments the first time? (Exodus 24:18)

10. How long did Moses stay on Mt. Sinai writing the Ten Commandments the second time? (Exodus 34:28)

11. How long did the Israelite spies scout the Promised Land? (Numbers 13:25)

12. How old was Caleb when he was sent to spy the Promised Land? (Joshua 14:7)

13. How many sons did Abdon have? (Judges 12:14)

14. How old was Moses when he died? (Deuteronomy 34:7)

15. How many years of rest did God give the land after Othniel son of Kenaz? (Judges 3:11)

16. How many years of rest did God give the land after Gideon? (Judges 8:28)

17. How many lashes was the maximum whipping penalty? (Deuteronomy 25:3)

18. How long did the Philistines oppress the Israelites before Samson? (Judges 13:1)

19. How many foxes did Samson capture to burn down the Philistines’ fields, vineyards and olive groves? (Judges 15:4)

20. How many years did Eli judge Israel? (1 Samuel 4:18)

21. How many years did King Saul reign according to the New Testament? (Acts 13:21)

22. How long did Goliath taunt the Israelites before being challenged by David? (1 Samuel 17:16)

23. How old was Ishbaal when his reign began? (2 Samuel 2:10)

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King David Playing the Harp by Gerard van Honthorst (1622)

24. How many years did King David reign? (2 Samuel 5:4)

25. How much did David pay for the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite? (2 Samuel 24:24)

26. How many years did King Solomon reign? (1 Kings 11:42)

27. How many cubits long was the holy place of the Temple? (1 Kings 6:17)

28. How many stalls for his horses did Solomon have? (1 Kings 4:26)

29. How many prophets of the Lord did Obadiah hide from Jezebel when she wanted to kill them? (1 Kings 18:4)

30. How long did Elijah go without food or drink on his way to Mt. Horeb? (1 Kings 19:8)

31. How long did Jehoash reign in Jerusalem? (2 Kings 12:1)

32. How long did Esther’s cosmetic treatment last before she went into King Ahasuerus? (Esther 2:12)

33. How long did Ezekiel bear the sins of Judah? (Ezekiel 4:6)

34. According to Ezekiel, how long would Egypt spend in desolation? (Ezekiel 29:11–12)

35. How many cubits long was Ezekiel’s temple? (Ezekiel 41:2)

36. How long did Jonah tell the people of Nineveh they had until they would be overthrown? (Jonah 3:4)

37. How many days after his birth was Jesus named? (Luke 2:21)

38. How long did Jesus fast in the wilderness while being tempted by the devil? (Matthew 4:2; Luke 4:2)

39. For how many pieces of silver did Judas Iscariot betray Jesus? (Matthew 26:15)

40. How long did Jesus stay on earth after the resurrection before the ascension? (Acts 1:3)


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Bible Quiz Answers

1. 40 days and 40 nights

2. 40 days

3. 75 years old

4. 40 years old

5. 30 years old

6. 40 days

7. 430 years

8. 40 years

9. 40 days and 40 nights

10. 40 days and 40 nights

11. 40 days

12. 40 years old

13. 40 sons

14. 120 years old

15. 40 years

16. 40 years

17. 40 lashes

18. 40 years

19. 300 foxes

20. 40 years

21. 40 years

22. 40 days

23. 40 years old

24. 40 years

25. 50 shekels of silver

26. 40 years

27. 40 cubits long

28. 40,000 stalls

29. 100 prophets of the Lord

30. 40 days and 40 nights

31. 40 years

32. 12 months/1 year

33. 40 days

34. 40 years

35. 40 cubits

36. 40 days

37. 8 days

38. 40 days and 40 nights

39. 30 pieces of silver

40. 40 days


“Strata: Anniversary Bible Quiz” originally appeared in the March/April 2015 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.


 

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2 Responses

  1. Dylan says:

    Rather than appearing so many times because of some significance, it may be that forty is significant specifically because it appears so many times.

  2. Judy Swanson says:

    Once again I am curious about the number of times 40 comes up. Is there a significance to the number 40 that I am missing?
    Thanks!

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2 Responses

  1. Dylan says:

    Rather than appearing so many times because of some significance, it may be that forty is significant specifically because it appears so many times.

  2. Judy Swanson says:

    Once again I am curious about the number of times 40 comes up. Is there a significance to the number 40 that I am missing?
    Thanks!

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