Daily Devotion Bible Quiz Trivia Questions

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Questions 1201 to 1300

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 1201: What did Abraham give to Hagar and Ishmael when he cast them out?
Answer 1: Bread and water.
Answer 2: A tent and two sheep.
Answer 3: His blessing.
Answer 4: Twenty pieces of silver and thirty days of provisions.

Explanation and information: So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. Genesis 21:13-14.

easy Question # 1202: Where is Beersheba?
Answer 1: Israel.
Answer 2: Syria.
Answer 3: Egypt.
Answer 4: Oz.

Explanation and information: So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. Genesis 21:13-14 Beersheba was originally a well dug by Abraham in the dry Negev, a near-desert in the south of Israel.

hard Question # 1203: Where did Ishmael grow up, after he was expelled by Abraham?
Answer 1: The Wilderness of Paran, in the Negev.
Answer 2: An unnamed wilderness southeast of Canaan, probably in modern-day Jordan.
Answer 3: The Sinai Peninsula.
Answer 4: The Syrian desert.

Explanation and information: "He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt." Genesis 21:21

medium Question # 1204: What happened to Hagar and Ishmael after they were expelled by Abraham?
Answer 1: They were saved by the Lord and lived in the desert, to become a great nation.
Answer 2: They traveled to Egypt, where Ishmael was favored by Pharaoh.
Answer 3: They traveled east and founded the nation of Edomites.
Answer 4: They perished of hunger and thirst, in the Negev, as punishment for their rebellion.

Explanation and information: God showed them a well when they were on the verge of death, and promised that Ishmael should father a nation. Genesis 21:15-21

medium Question # 1205: According to tradition, what people were founded by Ishmael?
Answer 1: The Arabs.
Answer 2: The Edomites.
Answer 3: The Moabites.
Answer 4: The Ottomans.

Explanation and information: The Bible does not follow Ishmael, except to tell us that he married an Egyptian and had been promised to found a great nation. Islamic tradition, however, hold that he was the father of the Arab people, which is consistent with where the Bible leaves him, learning to support himself by hunting with a bow and drinking from wells in the desert. Genesis 21

medium Question # 1206: Which author used the name of the older half-brother of Isaac as a main character in a novel?
Answer 1: Herman Melville.
Answer 2: Charles Dickens.
Answer 3: Washington Irving.
Answer 4: Ernest Hemingway.

Explanation and information: The famous first words of Moby Dick are, "Call me Ishmael".

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 1207: Why did Abraham give the name "Beersheba" to a spot in the Negev?
Answer 1: He swore an oath of peace with Abimelech there.
Answer 2: He dug seven wells there.
Answer 3: He met with Queen Beersheba there.
Answer 4: God spoke to him from the bottom of a well there.

Explanation and information: Abraham said, "It means that when you accept these seven sheep, you take it as proof that I dug this well, that it's my well." That's how the place got named Beersheba (the Oath-Well), because the two of them swore a covenant oath there. Genesis 21. Beersheba, which can also mean "seven wells", was again given the same name by Isaac, who dug seven wells in the area.

medium Question # 1208: What tribe did Abimelech (the friend of Abraham) belong to?
Answer 1: Philistines.
Answer 2: Moabites.
Answer 3: Canaanites.
Answer 4: Edomites.

Explanation and information: Abimelech is the first Philistine identified in the Bible. Genesis 21:31-34

easy Question # 1209: What or who is Beersheba?
Answer 1: A town in southern Israel.
Answer 2: A woman who consorted with King David.
Answer 3: A queen who traveled to the court of Solomon.
Answer 4: A beverage brewed in Israel.

Explanation and information: Beersheba is a town at the northern edge of the Negev, the desert that makes up southern Israel. See Genesis 21:22-34. Bathsheba was a woman known to David, and the Queen of Sheba visited Solomon.

easy Question # 1210: Who did God originally (and surprisingly) tell Abraham that He wanted Abraham to sacrifice?
Answer 1: Isaac.
Answer 2: Sarah.
Answer 3: Esau.
Answer 4: Barry Bonds.

Explanation and information: Isaac was Abraham's son, and God asked Abraham to sacrifice him on a fire; but it was only a test of faith, and Abraham was instructed to sacrifice a ram, instead. Genesis 22:1-8

hard Question # 1211: Where did Abraham go to build a fire to sacrifice Isaac?
Answer 1: Moriah.
Answer 2: The oaks of Mamre.
Answer 3: Beersheba.
Answer 4: Paran.

Explanation and information: "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." Genesis 21:1-2

medium Question # 1212: When Isaac asked Abraham where was the animal for the burnt offering, what did Abraham tell him?
Answer 1: God himself will provide a lamb for the sacrifice.
Answer 2: That Isaac himself would have to sacrifice his life.
Answer 3: That a ram would be found in a thicket.
Answer 4: That the two men traveling with them would bring a lamb to sacrifice.

Explanation and information: And Isaac said to his father Abraham,... "There are the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" Abraham said, "God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." Genesis 22:7-8

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 1213: In Genesis 22, what did God originally tell Abraham to sacrifice as a burnt offering?
Answer 1: His son, Isaac.
Answer 2: An unblemished lamb.
Answer 3: One-tenth of all he owned.
Answer 4: The pot roast his wife had cooked for supper.

Explanation and information: Abraham actually had Isaac on top of the pile of wood, and a knife in his hand, when God stayed his hand.

medium Question # 1214: What did God give Abraham to sacrifice, in place of Isaac?
Answer 1: A ram.
Answer 2: A bull.
Answer 3: A calf.
Answer 4: A goat.

Explanation and information: "And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns." Genesis 22:9-14

hard Question # 1215: Abraham named the place where Isaac was almost sacrificed "Jehovah-jireh". What does this mean in English?
Answer 1: The Lord will provide.
Answer 2: The Lord was merciful.
Answer 3: The Lord gave a ram.
Answer 4: Holy mountain of the Lord.

Explanation and information: And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, "The Lord will provide". Genesis 22:13-14

easy Question # 1216: Which of the following were the sons of Abraham?
Answer 1: Ishmael and Isaac.
Answer 2: Cain and Abel.
Answer 3: Jacob and Esau.
Answer 4: Romulus and Remus.

Explanation and information: Ishmael was Abraham's first son, born to a servant woman (with his wife's approval) named Hagar; Isaac, his second son was born to his wife Sarah when she was quite old.

hard Question # 1217: What was the name of the second brother of Abraham?
Answer 1: Nahor.
Answer 2: Milcah.
Answer 3: Bethuel.
Answer 4: Tebah.

Explanation and information: See Genesis 22:20-24. Haran was his first brother. Nahor, who had many descendants with impossible names (such as "Uz" and "Buz") was the grandfather of Rebekah.

medium Question # 1218: Where did Abraham go to live after the "sacrifice" of Isaac?
Answer 1: Beersheba.
Answer 2: The oaks of Mamre.
Answer 3: Egypt.
Answer 4: Zoar.

Explanation and information: Abraham returned to the home he had made in Beersheba, in the lands of Abimelech. Genesis 22:19

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 1219: What was the first evidence modern scholars had of the Hittite Empire?
Answer 1: Genesis.
Answer 2: Leviticus.
Answer 3: The excavation of Hebron.
Answer 4: An accidental discovery when digging the foundation of a building in Damascus.

Explanation and information: In Genesis 23, Abraham comes to live among Hittites in Hebron. Until the late 19th century, archaeologists believed that the Hittites did not exist, or were at best a minor tribe whose importance was inflated in the Bible. (Hitties are actually first mentioned at the end of Genesis 15, in a "laundry list" of tribes inhabiting Canaan.)

medium Question # 1220: Where was Sarah, the wife of Abraham, buried?
Answer 1: Hebron.
Answer 2: The oak of Mamre.
Answer 3: Beersheba.
Answer 4: Ur.

Explanation and information: Genesis 23. (A lot of famous people were buried at Hebron.)

easy Question # 1221: Which ancient civilization did Abraham live with?
Answer 1: All of these.
Answer 2: Hittitles.
Answer 3: Philistines.
Answer 4: Egyptians.

Explanation and information: Abraham wandered all around the middle east during his life; he was from Mesopotamia and also lived with Canaanites, Amorites, and others, as well as the three better-known civilizations listed.

medium Question # 1222: Where is Hebron located in terms of modern geography?
Answer 1: The West Bank
Answer 2: The Gaza Strip
Answer 3: The original borders of Israel from 1948.
Answer 4: Jordan.

Explanation and information: The ancient town of Hebron, whose population has become primarily Arab over the millenia, lies in the "West Bank", a part of Israel originally excluded from its borders but which it occupied after the "Six Day War" in 1967.

medium Question # 1223: What is the oldest continuous Jewish community in the world?
Answer 1: Hebron.
Answer 2: East Jerusalem.
Answer 3: Beersheba.
Answer 4: Nazareth.

Explanation and information: In Genesis 23, Abraham bought a field from Ephron the Hittite in Hebron, which his descendants have inhabited continually for over 3000 years.

hard Question # 1224: How much did Abraham pay Ephron the Hittite for a field and a cave to bury Sarah?
Answer 1: 400 shekels of silver.
Answer 2: 100 pieces of silver and 30 sheep.
Answer 3: 100 sheep.
Answer 4: 50 sheep, 3 asses and a tent.

Explanation and information: "Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants" Genesis 23:16

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 1225: Which of the following is not an ancient place in Canaan (Israel) mentioned in the Old Testament?
Answer 1: Tel Aviv.
Answer 2: Jaffa.
Answer 3: Hebron.
Answer 4: Jerusalem.

Explanation and information: Tel Aviv is a modern city, founded in 1909 on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa.

hard Question # 1226: By what other name is Hebron called in the Bible?
Answer 1: Kiriath-arba.
Answer 2: Beer-lahai-roi.
Answer 3: En-Gedi.
Answer 4: Shechem.

Explanation and information: "And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. " Genesis 23:1-2

medium Question # 1227: What is the meaning of the name of town of Hebron?
Answer 1: A place where one meets friends.
Answer 2: A place made holy by God.
Answer 3: A place disputed.
Answer 4: A town where giants live.

Explanation and information: The name of Hebron comes from a Hebrew (and proto-Semitic) root word meaning "unite" or "friend". Abraham bought land there from a Hittite, Ephron, and lived in peace with them. (Genesis 23)

easy Question # 1228: Which Biblical patriarch is also considered by Muslims as their patriarch, as well?
Answer 1: Abraham.
Answer 2: Moses.
Answer 3: David.
Answer 4: Curly.

Explanation and information: Abraham, the great patriarch of the Hebrews, is called Ibrahim in Arabic and considered to be the great patriarch of Islam!

easy Question # 1229: Who was the oldest man in the Bible when he died?
Answer 1: Methuselah.
Answer 2: Noah.
Answer 3: Moses.
Answer 4: Paul.

Explanation and information: Methuselah was 969 years old when he died; he was Noah's grandfather. Genesis 7. Nobody really knows what time period a "year" in Genesis represents. Genesis was written before modern calendars were invented, so it is impossible to tell how old Methuselah might have been in modern years. But he was very old.

medium Question # 1230: How did Abraham seek to find a wife for Isaac?
Answer 1: He sent his head servant to Chaldea.
Answer 2: He sent Isaac to Chaldea.
Answer 3: He sent his wife to Chaldea.
Answer 4: He sent Isaac to Hebron.

Explanation and information: "And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household,. . . go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac." Genesis 24:1-3

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 1231: How did Abraham make his chief servant swear an oath to him?
Answer 1: By putting his hand under his thigh.
Answer 2: By killing a pigeon and burning it.
Answer 3: By holding one hand over his heart.
Answer 4: By throwing three handfuls of wheat into a fire.

Explanation and information: And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, . . . "Put your hand under my thigh, that I may make you swear . . . ." Genesis 24:1-2

easy Question # 1232: Man was created on which day?
Answer 1: Six.
Answer 2: Seven.
Answer 3: Five.
Answer 4: One.

Explanation and information: God created man on the sixth day; on the seventh, He rested. Genesis 1.

hard Question # 1233: How many camels did Abraham send in the party to find a wife for Isaac?
Answer 1: Ten.
Answer 2: One.
Answer 3: Two.
Answer 4: Three.

Explanation and information: "Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master." Genesis 24:10

medium Question # 1234: Where did Abraham send his servant to find a wife for Isaac?
Answer 1: The city of Nahor.
Answer 2: The city of Terah.
Answer 3: Elam.
Answer 4: Hebron.

Explanation and information: "Then the servant . . . arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor. Genesis 24:10-11

easy Question # 1235: Where was the Garden of Eden?
Answer 1: Mesopotamia.
Answer 2: Egypt.
Answer 3: Israel.
Answer 4: New Jersey.

Explanation and information: Genesis 2:10-14 mentions the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which are located in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).

hard Question # 1236: What is unusual about the lineage of Rebekah given in Genesis 24?
Answer 1: It names her mother.
Answer 2: It skips a generation.
Answer 3: It goes all the way back to Adam.
Answer 4: It names her children and grandchildren before they are born.

Explanation and information: Genealogies in the Bible almost never include women; descent was by father to son. In unusual bigamist culture of her day, however, people important enough to have a genealogy most often had two wives, or a concubine whose offspring might be in line for inheritance, so the name of Rebekah's mother is important.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 1237: How did the servant of Abraham pick Rebekah as a wife for Isaac?
Answer 1: She offered to water his camels.
Answer 2: She was the prettiest girl among those who came to fetch water at sunset.
Answer 3: She was the only girl wearing sandals.
Answer 4: She knew that Abraham was her uncle.

Explanation and information: The servant prayed to God that the first girl to offer to give him and his camels water would be the one chosen to marry Issac. Genesis 24

easy Question # 1238: Who was Isaac?
Answer 1: The son of Abraham.
Answer 2: The father of Abraham.
Answer 3: The son of Moses.
Answer 4: The father of Joshua.

Explanation and information: Isaac was the son of Abraham by his wife, Sarah. God told Abraham to sacrifice him on a fire, but just as Abraham was about to kill him, an angel stopped him and showed him a ram who was to be sacrificed instead. Genesis 22.

medium Question # 1239: When the servant of Abraham, sent to get Isaac a wife, first meets Rebekah, what does he give her?
Answer 1: A gold ring and two gold bracelets.
Answer 2: A letter from Abraham.
Answer 3: A painting of Isaac.
Answer 4: Three camels.

Explanation and information: Abraham was no fool when it came to courting young women. The servant gives her about $6000 worth of gold jewelry. "When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels." Genesis 24:22

hard Question # 1240: What was the name of the brother who negotiated the marriage of Rebekah?
Answer 1: Laban.
Answer 2: Bethuel.
Answer 3: Milcah.
Answer 4: Nahor.

Explanation and information: Laban was her brother. Bethuel, her father, was not present for reasons not stated. Milcah was her mother and Nahor, her grandfather (and Abraham's brother). Genesis 24.

easy Question # 1241: What is a shekel?
Answer 1: An old measurement of weight, often used for precious metals.
Answer 2: A flowing headress worn in the Mideast.
Answer 3: A religious supper held at sundown on certain Jewish holidays.
Answer 4: A Borscht Belt comedian.

Explanation and information: A shekel was originally a unit of weight. It became a word for a coin, because the coin would be valued by the weight of the gold or silver in it. The weight represented by one shekel varied greatly over time, but was usualy between one-quarter and one-half of an ounce. "When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels" Genesis 24:22

hard Question # 1242: The servant of Abraham, when he met Rebekah, gave her a ring. Where did she wear it?
Answer 1: Her nose.
Answer 2: The fourth finger on her left hand.
Answer 3: The middle finger on her right hand.
Answer 4: Her thumb.

Explanation and information: "Then I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?' She said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.' So I put the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her arms." Genesis 24:38-41

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 1243: Who was Rebekah married to?
Answer 1: Isaac.
Answer 2: Adam.
Answer 3: Moses.
Answer 4: Paul.

Explanation and information: Adam's wife was Eve. Moses' wife was named Zipporah. Paul never married.

medium Question # 1244: How did the father and brother of Rebekah respond to the proposal that she marry Isaac?
Answer 1: They said nothing for or against it, because they though it was God's will.
Answer 2: They were in favor of it because Isaac was her cousin.
Answer 3: They were initially against it, but agreed because of all the gold offered by Abraham's servant.
Answer 4: They left it up to Rebekah.

Explanation and information: "Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, 'The thing has come from the Lord; we cannot speak to you bad or good.'" Genesis 24:50.

hard Question # 1245: What dower, bride price, or dowry was paid when Rebekah married Isaac.
Answer 1: Abraham gave expensive gifts to Rebekah and her mother and brother.
Answer 2: Abraham gave gold jewelry to Rebekah and gold and livestock to her father.
Answer 3: Bethuel gave livestock and land to Abraham, and Abraham gave ornaments to Rebekah.
Answer 4: Laban gave 100 gold shekels to Abraham, and Abraham gave Rebekah a ring and two bracelets.

Explanation and information: This is a hard one, because for some reason, no bride price is mentioned being paid to Rebekah's father, as seemed to be the custom of the day. "And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments." Genesis 24:52-54

easy Question # 1246: What is the Apocrypha?
Answer 1: Books that are not really part of the Holy Bible but are sometimes included with it.
Answer 2: A group of spurious religious books that should not be read because they are un-Christian.
Answer 3: A section of the Bible describing the Day of Judgment.
Answer 4: A heavy metal band from Norway.

Explanation and information: The part of the Bible that is considered the Word of God is called the "canon". The Apocrypha consists of books that are instructive and recommended for Christians to read -- and are sometimes read in church -- but for some reason are not considered canonical.

hard Question # 1247: Who was Keturah?
Answer 1: The wife of Abraham.
Answer 2: The mother of Absolom.
Answer 3: The handmaid of the Queen of Sheba.
Answer 4: The younger sister of Judith.

Explanation and information: Keturah is called both the wife (Genesis 25:1) and the concubine (1 Chronicles 1:32-33) of Abraham and indeed, she could have been either (or both). She is first mentioned after Sarah's death, but the culture of the time would have allowed him a second wife or concubine, either one.

medium Question # 1248: What happened to the children of Abraham by his second wife, Keturah?
Answer 1: They were given gifts and sent to live somewhere to the east.
Answer 2: They were given small pieces of land as their inheritence.
Answer 3: They became part of the Hebrew nation and served Isaac.
Answer 4: They rebelled against Isaac and were driven into the desert.

Explanation and information: "Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country." Genesis 25:5-6

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 1249: Who do Muslims claim to be descended from?
Answer 1: Abraham.
Answer 2: David.
Answer 3: Moses.
Answer 4: Pilgrims on the Mayflower.

Explanation and information: Muslims beliefs follow the Christian Bible fairly closely until Abraham, whom both Arabs and Jews claim as their patriarch. Muslims believe, however, that Hagar was Abraham's wife and his inheritance went to her son, Ishmael, while Jews and Christians believe that Sarah was Abraham's wife and her son, Isaac, was Abraham's heir.

medium Question # 1250: Where was Abraham buried?
Answer 1: In a cave he bought from Ephron the Hittite.
Answer 2: At Beer-lahai-roi.
Answer 3: In a mausoleum in Jerusalem.
Answer 4: In Egypt, where he died.

Explanation and information: "Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites." Genesis 25:9-10

medium Question # 1251: Where did Isaac go to live after he buried Abraham?
Answer 1: Beer-lahai-roi.
Answer 2: Beersheba.
Answer 3: Hebron.
Answer 4: Mamre.

Explanation and information: "After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi." Genesis 25:11 Beer-lahai-roi is the well where an angel led Hagar, when she was pregnant but had fled due to a fight with Sarah and became lost in the desert.

easy Question # 1252: Which of the following is descended from Abraham?
Answer 1: All of these.
Answer 2: Jacob.
Answer 3: Moses.
Answer 4: Isaac.

Explanation and information: Jacob was also called "Israel" and was the father of the patriarchs of the twelve tribes; all Jews are descended from him (except converts, of course). His father was Isaac, and Isaac's father was Abraham.

medium Question # 1253: How many sons of Ishmael are named in the Bible?
Answer 1: Twelve.
Answer 2: Two.
Answer 3: One.
Answer 4: Five.

Explanation and information: Genesis 25:12-18. The parallel between Ishmael and Jacob (Israel) is unmistakeable. Arabs believe that they are descended from the 12 sons of Ishmael, just as Jews as descended from the 12 sons of Jacob.

hard Question # 1254: How old does the Bible tell us Ishmael was when he died?
Answer 1: 137.
Answer 2: 184.
Answer 3: 99.
Answer 4: 67.

Explanation and information: "(These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.)" Genesis 25:16-17.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 1255: What did John the Baptist eat in the wilderness?
Answer 1: Locusts.
Answer 2: Rabbits.
Answer 3: Pigeons.
Answer 4: Wild goats.

Explanation and information: "John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey." Mark 1:6

medium Question # 1256: What did Rebekah do when she first saw Isaac?
Answer 1: Covered her face with a veil.
Answer 2: Blessed God for giving her a young husband.
Answer 3: Wept into her hands.
Answer 4: Smiled.

Explanation and information: And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel and said to the servant, "Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?" The servant said, "It is my master." So she took her veil and covered herself. Genesis 24:64-65

medium Question # 1257: What was the wedding of Isaac and Rebekah like?
Answer 1: He led her into the tent of his mother and took her as his wife.
Answer 2: Isaac stamped an earthen jug and declared that he took her as his wife.
Answer 3: There was a feast from midday until sundown.
Answer 4: They exchanged vows under a canopy of sheep wool.

Explanation and information: "Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her." Genesis 24:66

medium Question # 1258: Why did God explain to Rebekah the jostling in her womb, when she was pregnant?
Answer 1: There were two nations in her womb.
Answer 2: She would give birth to two brothers who would never be at peace.
Answer 3: She had twins who were evenly matched in strength.
Answer 4: The elder of her twins would force the younger to submit.

Explanation and information: The Lord said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger." Genesis 25:21-23

hard Question # 1259: What people did Abraham and his family originally belong to?
Answer 1: Aramean.
Answer 2: Hebrew.
Answer 3: Chaldean.
Answer 4: Akkadian.

Explanation and information: We find out in Genesis 25 that the family is "Aramean". The Arameans were an enigmatic people who never formed a true nation; many of them (like Terah and his descendants) lived in Mesopotamia. They are well known, however, because their language came to dominate the Middle East. Christ spoke Aramaic and the language is still spoken in very small pockets today -- one of the oldest living languages on earth.

easy Question # 1260: Which Old Testament person was notably red and hairy?
Answer 1: Esau.
Answer 2: Moses.
Answer 3: Solomon.
Answer 4: Cain.

Explanation and information: The name Esau actually means "hairy". Esau was the son of Isaac and the twin brother of Jacob, who founded the Hebrew nation. Genesis 25:24-34

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 1261: Which of the following was notable for his skill as a hunter, unlike his brother?
Answer 1: Esau.
Answer 2: Jacob.
Answer 3: Cain.
Answer 4: Absalom.

Explanation and information: Esau loved nothing better than to be out camping and hunting, whereas his brother Jacob liked to stay in the tents.

medium Question # 1262: When Esau traded his birthright (as the eldest son) to Jacob, what did he demand in return?
Answer 1: A bowl of lentil stew.
Answer 2: Twelve sheep and one ram.
Answer 3: The right to marry beautiful Judith.
Answer 4: A field and a cave.

Explanation and information: "So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright." Genesis 25:33-34

medium Question # 1263: Who ruled a land where both Abraham and Isaac traveled to and lived in?
Answer 1: Abimelech.
Answer 2: Pharaoh.
Answer 3: Nebuchadnezzar.
Answer 4: Ur of the Chaldeans.

Explanation and information: Abimelech was the ruler of an odd colony of early Philistines in southern Canaan, with whom both Abraham and Isaac lived. Isaac tried to go to Egypt, but God told him not to. Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon, was much later in time, and Ur was not a person at all, but a town.

medium Question # 1264: Why did Isaac want to go to Egypt?
Answer 1: Famine.
Answer 2: To find his brother, Ishmael, whose mother was Egyptian.
Answer 3: The Lord came to him in a dream and told him to go there.
Answer 4: To find a second wife, as his father had done.

Explanation and information: When famine struck Canaan, Isaac planned to go to Egypt, just as Abraham had done; but the Lord visited him and told him not to go. Genesis 26:1-5

easy Question # 1265: Which of the following were NOT brothers?
Answer 1: Noah and Shem.
Answer 2: Cain and Abel.
Answer 3: Jacob and Esau.
Answer 4: Simon Peter and Andrew.

Explanation and information: Shem was Noah's eldest son.

medium Question # 1266: Which book contains the prayer, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom"?
Answer 1: Psalms.
Answer 2: Proverbs.
Answer 3: Galatians.
Answer 4: Matthew.

Explanation and information: This beautiful quote is from Psalm 90, verses 11-12.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 1267: What odd thing did Isaac do, that mimicked an equally odd thing his father had done?
Answer 1: He pretended his wife was his sister, so that he would not risk being killed over her.
Answer 2: He spent a long period of time without trimming his hair or his beard.
Answer 3: He lived in Egypt and (at least for part of the time) pretended to be an Egyptian.
Answer 4: He refused to live in a house he had built for his wife, instead staying in a tent.

Explanation and information: Both Abraham and Isaac at some point pretended that his beautiful wife was his sister, out of fear that someone would desire her and kill him.

hard Question # 1268: Where is Gerar?
Answer 1: Northwest of Beersheba on a wadi.
Answer 2: On a wadi in the Sinai Peninsula, between Israel and Egypt.
Answer 3: Just south of the Dead Sea, on a dry riverbed flowing into it.
Answer 4: North of Ur on the Euphrates River.

Explanation and information: The ancient town of Gerar has been unearthed, and is situated on a wadi (a riverbed that is sometimes dry) 15 miles northwest of Beersheba.

medium Question # 1269: Why did Isaac leave the town of Gerar?
Answer 1: He had become too prosperous and the locals feared his power.
Answer 2: A leader named Abimelech desired his wife, Rebekah, and Isaac wanted to avoid a fight.
Answer 3: A famine occurred and he had to move to Egypt to feed his household.
Answer 4: His brother Ishmael claimed the land in that area and Isaac desired to live in peace with him.

Explanation and information: Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we." Genesis 26:12-17

medium Question # 1270: What is the river like in the Valley of Gerar (where Isaac lived)?
Answer 1: Intermittant.
Answer 2: Muddy.
Answer 3: Clear and fast-flowing.
Answer 4: Placid.

Explanation and information: Gerar was located on a wadi, a stream bed that is sometimes completely dry.

medium Question # 1271: After Abraham left Gerar, what did the Philistines do with his land?
Answer 1: They filled in the wells he had dug.
Answer 2: They took over the land he had improved and prospered.
Answer 3: They turned farmland into pasture.
Answer 4: They left it alone, believing that Abraham would return some day to claim it.

Explanation and information: We find out what happened to Abraham's land when Isaac returns there to live: "Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father." Genesis 26:12-17

easy Question # 1272: What is the first book in the New Testament?
Answer 1: Matthew.
Answer 2: Acts.
Answer 3: Genesis.
Answer 4: John.

Explanation and information: The New Testament begins with the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 1273: What is the last book in the Bible?
Answer 1: The Revelation of Saint John the Divine.
Answer 2: Revelations.
Answer 3: Acts.
Answer 4: Malachi.

Explanation and information: This one is a bit tricky, because the book is most often referred to in the short form "Revelation". There is no book in the Bible called "Revelations".

medium Question # 1274: When Jacob took Isaac food to get his blessing, what did Isaac find odd?
Answer 1: That it had taken so little time to get the food.
Answer 2: That Jacob had so little hair on his skin.
Answer 3: That Jacob did not have red hair.
Answer 4: That the food did not taste like wild game.

Explanation and information: Although all of these were possible, Isaac remarked on how quickly Jacob had brought the food, because he thought it was wild game that Esau had been sent to hunt.

medium Question # 1275: What did Rebekah do to Jacob, so that Isaac would think he was Esau?
Answer 1: Put goat skins on his hands and neck.
Answer 2: Dyed his hair.
Answer 3: Made him put pebbles in his mouth.
Answer 4: Had him stand on a stool to seem taller.

Explanation and information: She put goat skin on him, because Esau had a lot of body hair while Jacob did not. Isaac was blind by then. Genesis 27:14-20

medium Question # 1276: Who hatched the plan to fool Isaac into giving his blessing to Jacob instead of Esau?
Answer 1: Rebekah.
Answer 2: Jacob.
Answer 3: Sarah.
Answer 4: Ishmael.

Explanation and information: It was Rebekah, Isaac's wife and the mother of both boys, because she favored Jacob, the younger twin, over Esau. Genesis 27.

medium Question # 1277: What food did Jacob give to Isaac, to make Isaac think that Jacob was Esau and had brought meat back from the hunt?
Answer 1: Goat meat.
Answer 2: Mutton.
Answer 3: Wild boar.
Answer 4: A great fowl that had gotten trapped in a thorn bush.

Explanation and information: Rebekah killed two goats and prepared the meat for Jacob to give to his father. Genesis 27.

medium Question # 1278: Complete the quote: A soft answer turns away wrath . . .
Answer 1: But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Answer 2: And shows a peaceful spirit.
Answer 3: But gives the unrighteous rein.
Answer 4: But a sharp reply gives the truth.

Explanation and information: Proverbs 15:1

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 1279: When Esau was 40, what did he do that made the life of his parents bitter?
Answer 1: He married two Hittite women.
Answer 2: He refused to stay in camp to oversee the household.
Answer 3: He cursed his brother Jacob and struck him.
Answer 4: He sold his birthright for a bowl of stew.

Explanation and information: When Esau was forty years old, he took Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah. Genesis 26:34-35

hard Question # 1280: Which person was not involved in the naming of Beersheba?
Answer 1: Jacob.
Answer 2: Abimelech.
Answer 3: Abraham.
Answer 4: Isaac.

Explanation and information: Both Abraham and Isaac are said to have dug a well, with the permission of Abimelech, and called the area around it Beersheba. Genesis 26:26-33, Genesis 21:22-30

hard Question # 1281: Who was Phicol?
Answer 1: The commander of Abimelech's army.
Answer 2: The primary adviser of Isaac.
Answer 3: A friend of Paul mentioned at the end of Romans.
Answer 4: The owner of the donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

Explanation and information: When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army, . . . Genesis 26:26

medium Question # 1282: Why did Isaac get into arguments with the Philistines in the Negev?
Answer 1: He dug wells in places where the Philistines claimed all the water.
Answer 2: He grazed his flocks in the Valley of Gerar.
Answer 3: He pulled down an idol of Moloch and built an altar to the Lord.
Answer 4: The Philistines wanted his wife, Rebekah.

Explanation and information: Genesis 26:18-25. Isaac named the wells Esek and Sitnah, which mean "contention" and "enmity" in Hebrew.

medium Question # 1283: Where did the name Rehoboth originate?
Answer 1: A well dug by Isaac.
Answer 2: A holy mountain west of the Jordan Valley.
Answer 3: The wooded area where Noah raised his tent after coming down from Mount Ararat.
Answer 4: One of the rivers bordering the Garden of Eden.

Explanation and information: Genesis 26:18-25. Rehoboth means "a broad area" and Isaac gave the name to a well, to show that there was enough water for everyone in the Valley of Gerar.

easy Question # 1284: Who killed Abel?
Answer 1: His brother.
Answer 2: David.
Answer 3: Solomon.
Answer 4: Joshua.

Explanation and information: Cain was the brother of Abel, the children of Adam and Eve.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 1285: To whom did God give the ten commandments?
Answer 1: Moses.
Answer 2: David.
Answer 3: Abraham.
Answer 4: Aaron.

Explanation and information: The two texts commonly known as the Ten Commandments are given in two books of the Bible: Exodus 20:1–17 and Deuteronomy 5:4–21.

easy Question # 1286: Which of the following is NOT a parable told by Jesus in the Bible?
Answer 1: The Fox and the Grapes.
Answer 2: The Good Samaritan.
Answer 3: The Prodigal Son.
Answer 4: The Seven Wise Virgins.

Explanation and information: The Fox and the Grapes is a fable by Aesop.

easy Question # 1287: How many other people were crucified with Jesus?
Answer 1: Two.
Answer 2: Five.
Answer 3: Three.
Answer 4: Four.

Explanation and information:

easy Question # 1288: Who of the following wrote the most books in the New Testament?
Answer 1: Paul.
Answer 2: Matthew.
Answer 3: John the Divine.
Answer 4: Peter.

Explanation and information: Paul wrote 13 epistles and was by far the most prolific author: Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon.

easy Question # 1289: To whom did Isaac give his blessing?
Answer 1: Jacob.
Answer 2: Esau.
Answer 3: David.
Answer 4: Saul.

Explanation and information: Jacob and Esau were fraternal twins, the sons of Isaac. Esau was older but Jacob tricked Isaac into giving his blessing to him instead of his older brother. Jacob, who is known as Israel, was the patriarch of the Hebrews, and the twelve tribes are named after his twelve sons. Genesis 27

medium Question # 1290: When Jacob impersonated Esau to fool his father, which feature did Isaac correctly realize was that of Jacob?
Answer 1: His voice.
Answer 2: His skin.
Answer 3: The food he brought.
Answer 4: The way he smelled.

Explanation and information: All four things are mentioned, but the only one that did not fool Isaac was Jacob's voice. Genesis 27:21-26

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 1291: What does the name Jacob mean in Hebrew?
Answer 1: He who grabs the heel.
Answer 2: He who reigns.
Answer 3: Founder.
Answer 4: Smooth skinned.

Explanation and information: Jacob was so-named because he was born holding onto the heel of his twin brother, Esau.

medium Question # 1292: Why did Isaac refuse to give his blessing to Esau?
Answer 1: Because he could only bless one son and he had already blessed Jacob by mistake.
Answer 2: Because Esau was never in camp but spent all his time away hunting.
Answer 3: Because an angel of the Lord had come to him in a dream and told him not to bless Esau.
Answer 4: Because Hebrew fathers traditionally blessed only the elder son.

Explanation and information: Genesis 27:30-36

medium Question # 1293: What blessing did Isaac give to Esau?
Answer 1: That he might some day be free of obligation to his younger brother.
Answer 2: That he would inherit the lands to the east of Canaan.
Answer 3: That he would enjoy the dew of heaven.
Answer 4: None, because Esau was outcast for selling his blessing to Jacob.

Explanation and information: Isaac had little in the way of blessing to give to Esau, after he gave his estate to Jacob, but he did say that Esau would some day break the yoke that bound him to serve Jacob. Genesis 27:36-40

medium Question # 1294: What was the reaction of Esau when he learned that Isaac had given his blessing to Jacob?
Answer 1: He wept.
Answer 2: He was satisfied, for he had already sold his blessing to Jacob.
Answer 3: He was glad to be free of obligation, since he loved to be alone in the wilderness.
Answer 4: He was furious and almost struck Isaac.

Explanation and information: Esau said to his father, "Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father." And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. Genesis 27:36-40

easy Question # 1295: What Old Testament figure sold his birthright for a bowl of stew?
Answer 1: Esau.
Answer 2: Abraham.
Answer 3: Cain.
Answer 4: Ishmael.

Explanation and information: Genesis 25:29-34

easy Question # 1296: What Old Testament figure had a coat of many colors?
Answer 1: Joseph.
Answer 2: Daniel.
Answer 3: Jacob.
Answer 4: Moses.

Explanation and information: Joseph and his "coat of many colors" is a famous Bible story. Genesis 37

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 1297: Why did Jacob travel to Haran and live with his uncle Laban?
Answer 1: To escape Esau, who meant to kill him.
Answer 2: Because Abimelech, the local rule, told him that he had become too powerful to stay in the area.
Answer 3: To honor the grave of his grandparents, Abraham and Sarah.
Answer 4: Because he had a dream about a ladder that rose to heaven from a spot near Haran.

Explanation and information: Esau was furious that Isaac had made Jacob his heir, as Esau was the eldest brother. He therefore decided to kill Jacob after Isaac died. Genesis 27:41-44

medium Question # 1298: What sort of woman did Rebekah specifically NOT want Jacob to marry?
Answer 1: A Hittite.
Answer 2: An Assyrian.
Answer 3: A virgin.
Answer 4: A woman with soft hands.

Explanation and information: Jacob's elder brother, Esau, had married two Hittite women and they made Rebekah's life miserable.

easy Question # 1299: When he entered Jerusalem for the last time (as we celebrate on Palm Sunday), how did Jesus travel?
Answer 1: He rode a donkey (and a colt).
Answer 2: He rode a white horse.
Answer 3: He was carried by members of the crowd.
Answer 4: He drove a Corvette convertible.

Explanation and information: Jesus rode a donkey, a common beast of burden, to show us that humility is the path to heaven.

easy Question # 1300: When is Palm Sunday?
Answer 1: The Sunday before Easter.
Answer 2: The first Sunday in Lent.
Answer 3: The Sunday before Christmas.
Answer 4: The first Sunday after June 15.

Explanation and information: Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, because it celebrates Jesus riding into Jerusalem for the last time, shortly before he was tried and crucified.