Daily Devotion Bible Quiz Trivia Questions

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Questions 501 to 600

medium Question # 501: Who discovered that the tomb off Jesus was empty?
Answer 1: Mary Magdalene.
Answer 2: Joseph of Arimathea.
Answer 3: Nicodemus.
Answer 4: St. Peter.

Explanation and information: She is the only person mentioned in all four gospels who discovered the tomb was empty. (None of the gospels mentions any of the other three choices.)

hard Question # 502: Which Gospel mentions only Mary Magdelene when telling about the discovery of Jesus' empty tomb?
Answer 1: John.
Answer 2: Mark.
Answer 3: Matthew.
Answer 4: Luke.

Explanation and information: The other gospels all mention additional people.

hard Question # 503: Which is the only gospel to mention a woman named "Joanna" in connection with the discovery of Jesus' empty tomb?
Answer 1: Luke.
Answer 2: Matthew.
Answer 3: John.
Answer 4: None of them.

Explanation and information: "When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles." (Luke 24:9-10)

medium Question # 504: What did Jesus' disciples do first when they discovered his tomb was empty?
Answer 1: Went back home.
Answer 2: Proclaimed that Jesus had risen from the dead.
Answer 3: Gathered the eleven remaining disciples for a meal of bread and wine.
Answer 4: Went to ask the authorities where the body had been taken.

Explanation and information: Peter and at least one other disciple went to the tomb and then ran back home when they discovered it was empty. They rightfully feared that the Jewish authorities might arrest them.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 505: According to John, who asked Mary Magdelene, standing in front of Jesus' tomb, why she was weeping?
Answer 1: An angel first, then Jesus himself.
Answer 2: Two angels.
Answer 3: The resurrected Jesus.
Answer 4: St. Peter.

Explanation and information: In John's account, two angels were guarding the tomb and first spoke to Mary Magdalene. Then Christ appeared to her.

easy Question # 506: On what day do we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead?
Answer 1: Easter Sunday.
Answer 2: Christmas Day.
Answer 3: Good Friday.
Answer 4: Three days after we commemorate His death.

Explanation and information: Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday (the day after the Jewish Sabbath), which we celebrate each year as Easter Sunday. It was the "third day", so two days after He died.

medium Question # 507: According to the Gospel of John, when did Jesus first appear to the eleven apostles after his death?
Answer 1: Easter Sunday.
Answer 2: During the night, one day after Easter.
Answer 3: On the Sabbath of Passover.
Answer 4: Three days after he was buried.

Explanation and information: Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." (John 20:19)

medium Question # 508: According to John, how did Jesus convey the Holy Spirit to the apostles?
Answer 1: He breathed on them.
Answer 2: He took them up onto a mountain and blessed them.
Answer 3: He baptized them.
Answer 4: He washed their feet.

Explanation and information: And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit". (John 20:22-23)

medium Question # 509: According to John, which of the apostles was not with the others when Jesus appeared to them, after his death?
Answer 1: Thomas.
Answer 2: Matthew.
Answer 3: James the Lesser.
Answer 4: Peter.

Explanation and information: Thomas became known as "Doubting Thomas" because he would not believe the others, when they said they had seen Christ.

medium Question # 510: How did Thomas become convinced that Jesus had risen from the dead?
Answer 1: He put his fingers into the holes in the hands and side of Jesus.
Answer 2: Jesus appeared to him in a locked room.
Answer 3: He saw Jesus walking on water while he was fishing.
Answer 4: Peter recited a verse from Isaiah to him.

Explanation and information: When Jesus appeared to Thomas, he asked Thomas to put his fingers in his wounds so that Thomas would believe.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 511: Which of the gospels is very different from the other three?
Answer 1: John.
Answer 2: Matthew.
Answer 3: Mark.
Answer 4: Luke.

Explanation and information: The others are called the Synoptic Gospels and have considerable similarities; John is different from them, both in its tone and in the events it portrays.

hard Question # 512: How many signs of Jesus' divinity does the Gospel of John contain?
Answer 1: Seven or eight.
Answer 2: Three.
Answer 3: Twelve.
Answer 4: Seventeen.

Explanation and information: Seven signs of his divinity are recounted during his life; some people count Jesus' resurrection as an eight sign in John.

medium Question # 513: Which of the following is not present in the Gospel of John?
Answer 1: Parables.
Answer 2: An account of the resurrection.
Answer 3: A mention of Mary Magdalene by her full name.
Answer 4: Nicodemus preparing Jesus for burial.

Explanation and information: John does not really contain any true parables; that is, a fictional story followed by an explanation of its symbolism. It is, however, full of less obvious symbolism.

medium Question # 514: In John, after the resurrection, what activity are some of the apostles engaged in when Jesus appears to them?
Answer 1: Fishing.
Answer 2: Praying.
Answer 3: Eating bread and drinking wine.
Answer 4: Building a boat.

Explanation and information: Jesus filled their net with fish.

hard Question # 515: In the Miraculous Catch of Fish at the end of John, how many fish did the apostles catch?
Answer 1: 153
Answer 2: 12
Answer 3: 5000
Answer 4: 87

Explanation and information: For some reason the number is 153, but this appears to be significant only to extremely arcane numerologists.

medium Question # 516: In John, when Jesus last appears to the apostles, what did he use to cook?
Answer 1: A fire of hot coals.
Answer 2: A hot stone.
Answer 3: A fire of blue flames.
Answer 4: A pot of boiling water.

Explanation and information: Jesus was already cooking fish and bread on the fire when the apostles saw him.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 517: According to the final chapter of John, what did Peter do three times?
Answer 1: Told Jesus that he loved Him.
Answer 2: Prayed for forgiveness for denying Jesus.
Answer 3: Cast a fishing net over the side of a boat without catching any fish.
Answer 4: Struck his chest with his fist.

Explanation and information: Peter had denied Christ three times after His arrest, so Jesus gets Peter to tell Him that he loves Him.

medium Question # 518: According to John, after the resurrection, what did Jesus say three times to Peter?
Answer 1: Take care of my lambs (sheep).
Answer 2: Do not forget my words.
Answer 3: Follow me.
Answer 4: Receive my Holy Spirit.

Explanation and information: Jesus was asking Peter, in effect, to become responsible for spreading his word and holding his followers together. (He did say "follow me" to the disciples, but only twice.)

medium Question # 519: What crypic message did Jesus give to Peter when He appeared to him by the lake, after the crucifixion?
Answer 1: That Peter would be martyred in his old age..
Answer 2: That Peter would never leave Judea.
Answer 3: That Peter would hold the keys to the kingdom.
Answer 4: That many people would succeed Peter as head of the church.

Explanation and information: "When you are old, you will hold out your hands. Then others will wrap your belt around you and lead you where you don't want to go." (John 21:18)

medium Question # 520: In the Gospel of John, who was called the "disciple who Jesus loved".
Answer 1: John himself.
Answer 2: Simon Peter.
Answer 3: Mary Magdalene.
Answer 4: Judas.

Explanation and information: John does not name himself, but identifies this disciple as the author of the Gospel of John.

medium Question # 521: At the end of the Gospel of John, what does Jesus mean when he says that the disciple who loves Him will remain until He comes again?
Answer 1: That John would write an account of the life and teachings of Jesus.
Answer 2: That John would be the only apostle to die of natural causes.
Answer 3: That Peter would found a church that would last until the end of days.
Answer 4: That the disciples who followed Him after His death would be taken to heaven immediately.

Explanation and information: Jesus is rather cryptic. The apostles think that He means that John will never die, but Jesus point out that He never said that. John was, by Christian tradition, the only apostle to die of natural causes, but Jesus (or anyone else in the Bible) never mentions this.

medium Question # 522: What does John say about his gospel?
Answer 1: That it is incomplete.
Answer 2: That every word is literally true.
Answer 3: That anyone who adds or subtracts a single word will be cursed.
Answer 4: That it will last until Christ comes again.

Explanation and information: John says that "there are also many other things that Jesus did". Christ, not John, intimated that the book would last until Christ came again. (John the Divine said that nobody should add or subtract a single word to Revelation, but this was not a gospel.)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 523: How much did Luke say that five sparrows cost?
Answer 1: Two pennies.
Answer 2: Nothing.
Answer 3: A trifle.
Answer 4: Three pennies.

Explanation and information: Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight. (Luke 12:5)

medium Question # 524: According to Psalm 1, what are the ungodly like?
Answer 1: Chaff carried away by the wind.
Answer 2: Animals who hide from the light.
Answer 3: Thirsty men in a desert.
Answer 4: Grass that withers under the sun.

Explanation and information: Compare this to the godly man: "his leaf will not wither, and whatever he does will prosper."

medium Question # 525: What unschooled primative artist from Georgia is known for painting angels, Jesus, and other Christian-themed works?
Answer 1: Howard Finster.
Answer 2: Grandma Moses.
Answer 3: Mose T.
Answer 4: Lillian Gish.

Explanation and information: Grandma Moses was known for painting rural scenes; Mose T was known for painting women and birds; Lillian Gish was a silent film actress. Howard Finster was a noted oddball who lived in Pinpoint, Georgia, and often painted Christian works.

medium Question # 526: From which book of the Bible does Handel's work "And the Glory of the Lord" take its text?
Answer 1: Isaiah.
Answer 2: Exodus.
Answer 3: Ezekiel.
Answer 4: Job.

Explanation and information: The words of this section from the Messiah are a quote from Isaiah 40:5 -- "And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it."

medium Question # 527: What did John the Baptist call the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism?
Answer 1: Vipers.
Answer 2: Unclean.
Answer 3: Wolves.
Answer 4: Unfit to tie the laces of his sandals.

Explanation and information: Matthew 3:6-8

easy Question # 528: Who baptized Jesus?
Answer 1: John the Baptist.
Answer 2: Joseph.
Answer 3: St. Peter.
Answer 4: Mary.

Explanation and information: John was reluctant, saying, "I need to be baptized by you. Why do you come to me?" (Matthew 3:14)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 529: What happened when Jesus was baptized?
Answer 1: The spirit of God descended upon him in the form of a dove.
Answer 2: The sun grew brighter and the water began to glow.
Answer 3: A halo of light shone around his head.
Answer 4: His godfather gave him a silver spoon.

Explanation and information: And the heavens were opened above him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending in the form of a dove, which landed on him. (Matthew 3:16)

easy Question # 530: After his baptism, who came to Jesus into the wilderness?
Answer 1: Satan.
Answer 2: John the Baptist.
Answer 3: God in the form of a pillar of smoke.
Answer 4: Rick Steves.

Explanation and information: Satan came to Jesus into the wilderness to tempt him.

medium Question # 531: When Satan took Jesus onto the top of the Temple in Jerusalem, what did he ask Him to do?
Answer 1: Throw himself off.
Answer 2: Take possession of all the riches in the city.
Answer 3: Make the people in the Temple worship Him.
Answer 4: Take a snapshot of him holding up the Tower of Pisa with his hand.

Explanation and information: Satan later took Jesus to a mountain, and tempted him to take possession of the wealth of all the kingdoms in the world.

medium Question # 532: Which of the following are not identified as "brothers" in the New Testament?
Answer 1: Philip and Paul.
Answer 2: Andrew and Peter.
Answer 3: Jesus and James.
Answer 4: John and James.

Explanation and information: John and James, and Peter and Andrew, were both sets of brothers who became apostles. (Matthew 4). James is called the brother of Christ several times in the Gospels and Epistles.

medium Question # 533: Who is the Book of Acts dedicated or written to?
Answer 1: Theophilus.
Answer 2: Eusebius.
Answer 3: Timothy.
Answer 4: Titus.

Explanation and information: The author addresses Theophilus in the first sentence.

medium Question # 534: What does "Theophilus" mean in Greek?
Answer 1: Friend of God.
Answer 2: Lover of knowledge.
Answer 3: Collector of letters.
Answer 4: Theodore.

Explanation and information: Theophilus is the name of the person to whom the Book of Acts is dedicated.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 535: The Book of Acts tells the story of what?
Answer 1: The Apostolic Age.
Answer 2: The life of Jesus.
Answer 3: Mary Magdalene.
Answer 4: The spread of Christianity to England and Scotland.

Explanation and information: The Apostolic Age refers to the time when the twelve apostles spread word of Christ's teachings, both in Israel and many other parts of the world (But not England and Scotland)

easy Question # 536: What happened at the Ascension?
Answer 1: Christ was taken up to heaven.
Answer 2: Mary was told by an angel that she would have a baby.
Answer 3: The Holy Spirit came to Jesus while he was being baptized by John the Baptist.
Answer 4: Jesus, Peter and Andrew climbed the Mount of Olives.

Explanation and information: The Ascension, found in the first chapter of Acts, refers to Jesus ascending to heaven.

medium Question # 537: Just before the Ascension, in what specific places did Christ tell the apostles that they would bear witness to him?
Answer 1: Jerusalem, all of Judea, and Samaria.
Answer 2: Israel and Egypt.
Answer 3: Judea and Assyria.
Answer 4: Israel and Anatolia.

Explanation and information: "...you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

medium Question # 538: What is a "Sabbeth Day's journey" mentioned in Acts 1?
Answer 1: About 1000 yards.
Answer 2: About four miles.
Answer 3: Four miles on foot or eight miles on a horse.
Answer 4: The distance to the nearest synagogue.

Explanation and information: Jews were theoretically not allowed to travel on the Sabbath, but exception was made for distances of about 1000 meters.

medium Question # 539: At the beginning of Acts, what was the name of the place where the apostles met?
Answer 1: The upper room.
Answer 2: The Garden of Gethsemene.
Answer 3: Bethene.
Answer 4: The West Wall.

Explanation and information: The "upper room" was also where the Last Supper took place.

medium Question # 540: According to Acts, how did Judas die?
Answer 1: His bowels gushed out.
Answer 2: He hanged himself.
Answer 3: He was hit by a chariot.
Answer 4: He drowned in the Sea of Galilee.

Explanation and information: According to Acts 1, "Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out."

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 541: Who replaced Judas Iscariot as one of the twelve apostles?
Answer 1: Matthias.
Answer 2: Justus.
Answer 3: Theophilus.
Answer 4: Barnabas.

Explanation and information: Lots were cast between Matthias and Justus (also called Barsabbas), and Matthias won.

medium Question # 542: Which apostle was reportedly beaten to death while in Egypt?
Answer 1: James (the Lesser).
Answer 2: James (the Greater)
Answer 3: Andrew.
Answer 4: Thaddeus.

Explanation and information: He reportedly was beaten to death with a fuller's club, an item used to clean substances (like wool) to be made into cloth.

medium Question # 543: What does the word "Pentecost" come from?
Answer 1: Greek for fiftieth day.
Answer 2: Greek for five weeks.
Answer 3: Latin for upper room.
Answer 4: Greek for tongues of fire.

Explanation and information: The Pentecost occurred fifty days after the resurrection of Christ.

easy Question # 544: What do we remember on Pentecost Sunday?
Answer 1: The Holy Spirit descending on the followers of Christ.
Answer 2: The martyrdom of fifty disciples.
Answer 3: The day Jesus was taken into heaven.
Answer 4: Spending fifty dollars on new clothes.

Explanation and information: Pentecost, which means fiftieth day in Greek, occurred fifty days after Christ rose from the dead.

medium Question # 545: What did bystanders think when they witnessed the followers of Christ on the Pentecost?
Answer 1: They were all drunk.
Answer 2: They were possessed by demons.
Answer 3: They were going to be arrested by the Jewish authorities.
Answer 4: God had come down and blessed them.

Explanation and information: The disciples were all yelling in different languages. (Acts 2:13)

medium Question # 546: Who gave a long sermon in Acts 2?
Answer 1: Peter.
Answer 2: Paul.
Answer 3: Andrew.
Answer 4: The Holy Spirit.

Explanation and information: In Acts 2, Peter, who founded the church in Jerusalem, gave the first public sermon.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 547: About what time of day did the Pentecost occur?
Answer 1: 9 a.m.
Answer 2: Noon.
Answer 3: 6 p.m.
Answer 4: 9 p.m.

Explanation and information: Peter said that the disciples could not be drunk, because it was only the third hour of the day, i.e. the third hour after sunrise.

medium Question # 548: Which prophet was first cited, in the long sermon occurring in Acts 2?
Answer 1: Joel.
Answer 2: Micah.
Answer 3: Isaiah.
Answer 4: Zeccharia.

Explanation and information: Peter recited a long passage from Joel,describing the miraculous things that would occur in the last days.

medium Question # 549: What is the name of Haydn's most famous mass/oratorio?
Answer 1: The Creation
Answer 2: The Messiah.
Answer 3: All Saints.
Answer 4: Elijah.

Explanation and information: The Messiah was written by Handel and Elijah was written by Mendelssohn (who was Jewish). I just made up "All Saints".

medium Question # 550: What King did Peter speak about, at length, during his first sermon (in Acts)?
Answer 1: David.
Answer 2: Herod.
Answer 3: Solomon the Wise.
Answer 4: Saul.

Explanation and information: Peter recites one of the psalms of David, claiming that it predicts Christ's resurrection.

easy Question # 551: What is the name of the place where Biblical Jews believed the dead went?
Answer 1: Sheol.
Answer 2: Hades.
Answer 3: Purgatory.
Answer 4: Newark.

Explanation and information: The Jews called hell "Sheol" or simply "the pit".

medium Question # 552: In his first sermon (Acts 2) what did Peter say to the crowd that upset them greatly?
Answer 1: That they had crucified a man sent by God.
Answer 2: That they would be sent to hell for all eternity.
Answer 3: That Mosaic law had been fulfilled and they could not save themselves by following it.
Answer 4: That the Messiah would not free them from Roman rule.

Explanation and information: When Peter told the crowd that they had crucified the Messiah, they were "cut to the heart". (Acts 2:35-37)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 553: Who wrote the famous hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"?
Answer 1: Martin Luther.
Answer 2: John Wesley.
Answer 3: Johann Sebastian Bach.
Answer 4: Frederick Handel.

Explanation and information: Luther took the text of the hymn from Psalm 46. He wrote both the music and the lyrics.

hard Question # 554: How many people did Peter convert with his first public sermon?
Answer 1: 3,000.
Answer 2: 120.
Answer 3: 12.
Answer 4: 500.

Explanation and information: With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. (Acts 2:40-41)

medium Question # 555: After Peter converted a crowd with his first sermon (Acts 2), where did they worship?
Answer 1: In the courts of the temple.
Answer 2: In secret rooms scattered around Jerusalem.
Answer 3: In a church they built from mud bricks.
Answer 4: In the Syrian quarter of Jerusalem.

Explanation and information: Once so many people had converted, they became very bold and worshipped Christ right in front of the Jewish authorities.

hard Question # 556: What popular singer received 4 Grammies for "Best Gospel Song"?
Answer 1: Elvis Presley.
Answer 2: Aretha Franklin.
Answer 3: Whitney Houston.
Answer 4: Mahalia Jackson.

Explanation and information: They were the only Grammy awards Elvis received!

medium Question # 557: In Proverbs 9, what does the "woman Folly" say to passers by?
Answer 1: Whoever is simple (stupid), let him turn in here!
Answer 2: Gather gold to find happiness.
Answer 3: My room is warm and my bed is soft.
Answer 4: Listen not to your father, for he is old.

Explanation and information: The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" (Proverbs 9:13-16)

medium Question # 558: What 16th century group are the Amish descended from?
Answer 1: Anabaptists.
Answer 2: Mennonites.
Answer 3: Calvinists.
Answer 4: Lutherens.

Explanation and information: The Anabaptists were a radical reformation group, who (among many other things) did not believe in the baptism of infants. The Mennonites are also modern descendants of the Anabaptists.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 559: Which of the following is a book in the Jewish Bible?
Answer 1: Deuteronomy.
Answer 2: Hebrews.
Answer 3: 1 Peter.
Answer 4: Revelation.

Explanation and information: The other books are in the New Testament. Hebrews is an epistle of St. Paul, written to Hebrews who had become Christians.

easy Question # 560: Who was the first King of Israel?
Answer 1: Saul.
Answer 2: David.
Answer 3: Solomon.
Answer 4: Kong.

Explanation and information: An account of Saul becoming the first King is contained in 1 Samuel. David and Solomon succeeded him after his death. Kong was a big ape who was shot off the Empire State Building.

medium Question # 561: What does the Bible call the first man healed by Peter in Acts?
Answer 1: A man lame from birth.
Answer 2: A leper who had faith.
Answer 3: Azekial.
Answer 4: Lemerus.

Explanation and information: The man is never named; he is only identified as a man who has been lame "from his mother's womb".

medium Question # 562: What was Peter unable to give the lame man in Acts 3?
Answer 1: Silver or gold.
Answer 2: A new leg.
Answer 3: Dominion over the earth.
Answer 4: The years he had lost.

Explanation and information: Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." (Acts 3:4-6)

hard Question # 563: When Peter healed a lame man in Acts 3, what part of the man's anatomy was unsound?
Answer 1: His ankle and foot bones.
Answer 2: His knees.
Answer 3: The muscles in his calf.
Answer 4: His legs from foot to hip.

Explanation and information: "And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength." (Acts 3:1-10)

medium Question # 564: In "Tuesdays with Morrie", what does Morrie Schwartz say cannot be replaced by money and power?
Answer 1: Tenderness.
Answer 2: Family.
Answer 3: Faith.
Answer 4: Good health.

Explanation and information: "Money is no substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you as I'm sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you're looking for, no matter how much of them you have."

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 565: After Jesus' ascension, where did Peter and John begin to preach?
Answer 1: The Portico of Solomon.
Answer 2: Inside the temple.
Answer 3: The West Wall.
Answer 4: Bethany.

Explanation and information: Solomon's Portico was a very large covered porch abutting the Temple in Jerusalem.

medium Question # 566: In Deuteronomy 18, what does Moses predict?
Answer 1: The coming of Christ.
Answer 2: The Babylonian captivity.
Answer 3: A solar eclipse.
Answer 4: The diaspora.

Explanation and information: "The Lord your God will give you a prophet from among your people, like me; you will give ear to him;" (Deut. 18:15-22)

medium Question # 567: In Deuteronomy 18, how does Moses say that the people can recognize a prophet who speaks the word of God?
Answer 1: The words of a false prophet will not come true.
Answer 2: A true prophet will be humble before God.
Answer 3: A false prophet will wear soft clothes.
Answer 4: A true prophet will show signs (miracles).

Explanation and information: "When a prophet makes a statement in the name of the Lord, if what he says does not take place and his words do not come true, then his word is not the word of the Lord." (Deut. 18:22)

medium Question # 568: In Acts 3, according to Peter what caused the men of Israel to kill Christ?
Answer 1: Ignorance.
Answer 2: Lack of faith.
Answer 3: The false prophecy of the high priest.
Answer 4: Their vanity.

Explanation and information: "Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers." (Acts 3:17)

hard Question # 569: At the time of Peter and John's arrest on Solomon's Portico, how many believers were there in Jerusalem?
Answer 1: Five thousand.
Answer 2: 120.
Answer 3: 800.
Answer 4: Three thousand.

Explanation and information: In Acts 1 and 2, there are 3,000 believers; by the time Peter and John are arrested in Acts 4, the number has grown to 5,000. (Acts 4:1-4)

hard Question # 570: Who is named as two of the judges at the first trial of Peter and John before the Jewish authorities (Acts 4)?
Answer 1: John and Alexander.
Answer 2: Peter and Mileppus.
Answer 3: Jonathan and Theophilus.
Answer 4: Joshua ben Damneus and Aninais.

Explanation and information: Although John and Alexander do not sound likely, they were in fact the names of powerful Sadducees (as given in the English Bible) who sat in judgment of Peter and John. (Acts 4:6)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 571: Who said, "Chose now whom you will serve, and that choice is going to affect the next generation, and the next generation, and the next."
Answer 1: Edith Schaeffer
Answer 2: St. Augustine.
Answer 3: Paul (in Ephesians).
Answer 4: King David.

Explanation and information: Edith Shaeffer (1914-1984) was born in China to Presbyterian missionaries. She was a famous Christian author and founded a religious community called L'Abri in Switzerland.

medium Question # 572: In the first trial of Peter and John before the Sanhedrin, why were they not convicted?
Answer 1: The man they had healed was standing right beside them.
Answer 2: The Sanhedrin was afraid of a riot.
Answer 3: The Holy Spirit made their tongues silent.
Answer 4: Pontius Pilate demanded that they be set free.

Explanation and information: They were unable to deny that a miracle had taken place, because the healed man was standing with them. (Acts 4:13-22)

medium Question # 573: What was the punishment announced to John and Peter after their first trial?
Answer 1: They were warned to stop teaching in the name of Christ.
Answer 2: They were put in prison.
Answer 3: They were released without comment.
Answer 4: They were threatened with crucifixion if they did not leave Jerusalem.

Explanation and information: The Sanhedrin was unable to convict them, but they threatened them if they did not stop spreading the word of Christ.

hard Question # 574: How old was the man "born lame" whom Peter healed early in the Book of Acts?
Answer 1: Over 40.
Answer 2: Under 35.
Answer 3: Elderly.
Answer 4: A youth who had not yet shaved.

Explanation and information: At the end of Peter and John's trial, the Bible states that the age of the man healed ("over 40") caused the praise for the miracle to be even greater. (Acts 4:22)

medium Question # 575: Who wrote the prayer/poem "For Each New Morning"?
Answer 1: Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Answer 2: Sidney Lanier.
Answer 3: John Wesley.
Answer 4: Martin Luther.

Explanation and information: "For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. I thank thee."

hard Question # 576: When John and Peter return from their first trial (Acts 4), whose prophecy do they say has been fulfilled?
Answer 1: King David.
Answer 2: Isaiah.
Answer 3: Christ.
Answer 4: Moses.

Explanation and information: They recite part of Psalm 2: "The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers gathered together as one against the Lord and against his Christ."

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 577: Who wrote the "St. Cecelia Mass"?
Answer 1: Gounod.
Answer 2: Bach.
Answer 3: Haydn.
Answer 4: Vivaldi.

Explanation and information: This is a tough one, but the St. Cecelia Mass was one of Gounod's most celebrated works.

medium Question # 578: From what Bible verse did Handel take the aria (in the Messiah) "Why do the nations so furiously rage together"?
Answer 1: Psalm 2
Answer 2: Psalm 100.
Answer 3: Isaiah 14.
Answer 4: Proverbs 2.

Explanation and information: "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed . . ." (Psalm 2:1-2)

medium Question # 579: In the early part of Acts, which economic system would best characterize the followers of Christ?
Answer 1: communism.
Answer 2: socialism.
Answer 3: capitalism.
Answer 4: mercantilism.

Explanation and information: Communism (with a small "c") simply means sharing goods equally, without regard to where property came from. It is obviously very different from the "Communism" espoused by Karl Marx and adopted by the USSR and China.

medium Question # 580: In Acts 4, who sold a field and gave the money to the followers of Christ?
Answer 1: Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, later named Saint Barnabas.
Answer 2: Saul of Tarsus.
Answer 3: Joseph of Armimathea.
Answer 4: Saint Andrew.

Explanation and information: "Joseph, whom the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (that is, 'one who encourages'), was a Levite from Cyprus. He owned a field, sold it, brought the money, and placed it in the care and under the authority of the apostles." (Acts 4:36-37) He later became known as St. Barnabas.

easy Question # 581: What does Proverbs 10 say about a man who "gathers in summer"?
Answer 1: He is a wise son and becomes rich.
Answer 2: He is like a grasshopper.
Answer 3: He should give away all his crops to the poor.
Answer 4: He is like an ant.

Explanation and information: "He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son . . ." (Proverbs 10:4-5) The story of the ant and the grasshopper is from Aesop's Fables. Proverbs generally concentrates on practical advice for living, not so much on the importance of charity.

medium Question # 582: Who was Ananais?
Answer 1: A man who did not give all his money to the disciples, then lied about it.
Answer 2: The husband of Ruth.
Answer 3: One of the sons of King Solomon.
Answer 4: A man who came to claim the body of Jesus.

Explanation and information: Acts 5:1-11. If you guessed "Son of Solomon" you are probably thinking of Absalom. Joseph of Arimathea claimed Jesus' body.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 583: Who was Ananais' wife?
Answer 1: Sapphira.
Answer 2: Sheba.
Answer 3: Jezebel.
Answer 4: A pillar of salt.

Explanation and information: Acts 5:1-11. This would be a hard question, except you might know that the other three choices are wrong. The Queen of Sheba was a friend of King Solomon; Jezebel was the notorious wife of King Ahab; and it was Lot whose unnamed wife turned into a pillar of salt.

medium Question # 584: In the Book of Acts, what became of Ananais and his wife?
Answer 1: They fell down dead.
Answer 2: They roamed the earth.
Answer 3: They were martyred in Ephesus.
Answer 4: They founded a church in Egypt.

Explanation and information: Acts 5:1-11 Ananais and his wife were early disciples, who sold property but lied about it and kept some of the money. They were exposed and dropped dead from shame.

medium Question # 585: After his first trial (with John) what part of St. Peter was surprisingly sought by people seeking to be healed?
Answer 1: His shadow.
Answer 2: His knees.
Answer 3: His sandals.
Answer 4: Locks of his hair.

Explanation and information: Acts 5:14-16. Peter's shadow might be symbolic of the church that would continue after his death.

hard Question # 586: According to John Harrigan, when do people need loving the most?
Answer 1: When they deserve it least.
Answer 2: When the world has deserted them.
Answer 3: At the darkest hour of the night.
Answer 4: When a family member dies.

Explanation and information:

medium Question # 587: Which religious/political party in Roman Judea was most concerned with ritual and priesthood and was concentrated in Jerusalem?
Answer 1: Sadducees.
Answer 2: Pharisees.
Answer 3: Essenes.
Answer 4: Freemen.

Explanation and information: The Sadducees were the "old guard" and concentrated on the rituals of the ancient Hebrews.

medium Question # 588: What was the Jewish governing body of Roman Judea called?
Answer 1: Sanhedrin.
Answer 2: The Temple.
Answer 3: Pharisees.
Answer 4: The court of Herod.

Explanation and information: Actually, every Jewish community could have a sanhedrin, much like a town council, but the great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem was where Jesus (and later, the Apostles) were tried.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 589: In Acts 5, when all of the apostles were first imprisoned, what did the guards find them doing the next morning?
Answer 1: Nothing; they weren't there.
Answer 2: Preaching to people passing by the windows.
Answer 3: Glowing with holy fire around their heads.
Answer 4: Kneeling and praying for God to forgive the guards.

Explanation and information: An angel of the Lord had come in the night and freed them. (Acts 5:21-26)

medium Question # 590: What was the name of Noah's father?
Answer 1: Lamech.
Answer 2: Jehosephat.
Answer 3: Shem.
Answer 4: Japheth.

Explanation and information: Shem and Japheth were two of his sons. (Genesis 6:10)

medium Question # 591: Why did Noah curse Ham's son, Canaan?
Answer 1: Ham saw his father naked in his tent.
Answer 2: He worshipped a false idol.
Answer 3: He killed his brother.
Answer 4: He became drunk and slept with the wife of his brother.

Explanation and information: In a very odd Bible story, Noah got drunk and Ham saw him naked lying in his tent. Noah therefore curses Ham's son. (Genesis 9:20-25)

medium Question # 592: What activity did Noah engage in, after the flood?
Answer 1: He planted a vineyard and made wine.
Answer 2: He built many boats.
Answer 3: He bought a sheep from Japeth and made cloth.
Answer 4: He wandered with his family until he came to Ur.

Explanation and information: Noah was a tiller of the soil and planted a vineyard. (Genesis 9:20)

medium Question # 593: Which religion does not believe in Noah and the great flood?
Answer 1: Hinudism.
Answer 2: Judaism.
Answer 3: Bahai.
Answer 4: Islam.

Explanation and information: The other three religions are all "religions of the book".

medium Question # 594: Which Bible character was used as an excuse for black slavery in America?
Answer 1: Canaan, the grandson of Noah.
Answer 2: Ishmael.
Answer 3: Esau.
Answer 4: Aaron.

Explanation and information: Canaan is cursed or "blackened" by Noah because Canaan's father, Ham, saw him naked in his tent. (Genesis 9:20-25)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 595: What was the name of Abraham's wife?
Answer 1: Sarah.
Answer 2: Rebekah.
Answer 3: Elisabeth.
Answer 4: Hannah.

Explanation and information: (Genesis 17:15) All of the women mentioned were the mothers of famous men.

easy Question # 596: Who was turned into a pillar of salt?
Answer 1: The wife of Lot.
Answer 2: Ishmael.
Answer 3: Gomorrah.
Answer 4: Jupiter.

Explanation and information: Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt because she looked back at Sodom as it was burning, which an angel had forbidden. (Genesis 19:18-26)

medium Question # 597: What was the "final straw" that caused God to destroy Sodom?
Answer 1: A group of men from the town wanted to sleep with the male guests of Lot.
Answer 2: A group of men demanded to sleep with the women relatives of Lot.
Answer 3: The townspeople built a golden calf and worshipped it.
Answer 4: The people of the town refused refuge to Lot and his family.

Explanation and information: (Genesis 19:3-14) The word "sodomy" comes from the homosexual desires of the Sodomites.

hard Question # 598: Where did Lot and his daughters flee after Sodom was destoyed?
Answer 1: Zoar.
Answer 2: Bethane.
Answer 3: The home of Nimrod.
Answer 4: Chaldea.

Explanation and information: (Genesis 19:22-23) They did not stay in Zoar long, for fear of their lives, and left to live in the mountains.

medium Question # 599: Which Biblical patriarch got his daughters pregnant?
Answer 1: Lot.
Answer 2: Noah.
Answer 3: Cain.
Answer 4: Esau.

Explanation and information: Lot's daughters got him drunk and slept with him, without his knowledge. (Genesis 19:32-36)

medium Question # 600: Who was the direct forefather of both the Moabites and the Ammonites?
Answer 1: Lot.
Answer 2: Isaac.
Answer 3: Ishmael.
Answer 4: Aaron.

Explanation and information: Lot's two daughters had incestuous relations with him, and gave birth to two sons named Moab and Ammon. (Genesis 19:37)