1988 Bible Content Exam

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1. The phrase "and God saw that it was good" appears

a. in the creation story
b. at Noah's completion of the building of the ark
c. after Abraham's obedience in the call to sacrifice Isaac
d. at Joshua's completion of the conquest
e. after the marriage of Adam and Eve

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2. Cain made an offering to God of

a. the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions
b. the fruit of the ground
c. wine
d. the first born
e. his wealth

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3. God made a covenant with Noah symbolized by

a. the dividing of an animal in sacrifice
b. gentle rain
c. circumcision
d. the rainbow
e. a dove descending from above

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4. In Genesis God promises Abraham

a. land and progeny
b. guidance and protection
c. wealth and land
d. lineage in government
e. long life

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5. Abraham divided the land and Lot chose

a. the plain of Esdraelon
b. the hill country
c. the Jordan valley
d. the Negev

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6. Joseph rose to power in Egypt by

a. birth
b. early life in the house of Pharoah
c. interpretation of Pharoah's dreams
d. administrative genius
e. knowledge of Egyptian government

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7. Moses' call to lead his people out of Egypt came while he was

a. on a trip for the Pharoah
b. in Egypt
c. keeping the flock for a Midianite priest
d. working in the forest

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8. Moses left Egypt for the first time

a. for a better job
b. because he had killed a man
c. to flee slavery
d. because of fear of Pharoah's wife

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9. Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, advised him

a. concerning the route to take through the desert of Midian
b. to choose able men as judges
c. how to survive in the desert
d. on religious observances
e. to find an oasis and re-group

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10. When Moses delayed coming down from Mt. Sinai

a. Aaron waited patiently
b. the people made a molten calf
c. Aaron made a molten calf
d. the people began to leave

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11. "Your name shall no more be called _______ but Israel" was said of

a. Abraham
b. Isaac
c. Joseph
d. Jacob

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12. The first list of the Ten Commandments is found in

a. Genesis
b. Exodus
c. Numbers
d. Leviticus
e. Deuteronomy

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13. In Leviticus, the priestly line is established with the consecration of

a. Eli
b. Abiathar
c. Zadok
d. Aaron
e. Moses

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14. The law "an eye for an eye" is found in

a. Genesis 24
b. Exodus 24
c. Levitius 24
d. Numbers 24

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15. "Hear, O Israel: the lord our God is one Lord" is found in

a. Genesis
b. Exodus
c. Leviticus
d. Numbers
e. Deuteronomy

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16. A flock of sheep, Mount Horeb, and "I AM WHO I AM" relate to

a. Abraham
b. Isaac
c. Joseph
d. Moses
e. Reuel

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17. "So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, but no man knows the place of his burial to this day" is found in

a. Genesis
b. Exodus
c. Leviticus
d. Numbers
e. Deuteronomy

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18. The duties of a "next of kin" figure strongly in what book?

a. Judges
b. Esther
c. Ruth
d. 1 Kings
e. 1 Sameul

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19. In Joshua, Rahab, who saved the spies, bound what to the window?

a. golden ball
b. brass snake
c. trumpet
d. scarlet cord

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20. Ruth deliberately presents herself at the

a. garden gate
b. city gate
c. road to Moab
d. threshing floor
e. home of Naomi

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21. Joshua gathered the tribes of Israel to Shechem to

a. make a covenant with them
b. establish a religious ritual
c. begin a census
d. conscript some of the men of the army

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22. Sisera, commander of a Canaanite army was killed by a

a. bear
b. man
c. lion
d. woman
e. wolf

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23. David is associated with which prophet?

a. Elisha
b. Amos
c. Elijah
d. Nathan

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24. David's adultery with Bathsheba was followed by the

a. death of their son
b. death of Abner
c. death of Nathan
d. death of Saul

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25. King Ahab confiscated whose vineyard?

a. Abner's
b. Elijah's
c. Elisha's
d. Jehu's
e. Naboth's

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26. According to 1Chronicles, David is not allowed to build a

a. garden
b. temple
c. water tunnel
d. wall around Jerusalem

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27. The writer of Chronicles condemns Saul for seeking guidance from a

a. prophet
b. king
c. medium
d. priest

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28. David is called to account for his adultery with Bathsheba with the story of

a. a widow and her daughter
b. a lion and a wolf
c. two women and their babies
d. a rich man and a poor man

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29. In Esther, Haman becomes furious with Mordecai because he

a. wore rich clothing
b. would not bow for Haman
c. had a higher social position than Haman
d. was Esther's cousin

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30. Jephthah fulfilled his vow by sacrificing his

a. son
b. wife
c. daughter
d. servant

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31. The birth of a child is a prophetic sign in the book of

a. Amos
b. Ezekiel
c. Jonah
d. Isaiah
e. Jeremiah

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32. Which prophet began his ministry at the end of Uzziah's reign?

a. Isaiah
b. Amos
c. Micah
d. Jeremiah
e. Ezekiel

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33. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations" was said to

a. Isaiah
b. Jeremiah
c. Ezekiel
d. Hosea
e. Amos

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34. The "valley of dry bones" chapter is found in

a. Amos
b. Ezekiel
c. Isaiah
d. Micah

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35. Israel compared to an unfaithful wife is an image important to the prophecy of

a. Amos
b. Isaiah
c. Hosea
d. Micah

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36. Which prophet focuses exclusively upon the fall of Ninevah?

a. Habakkuk
b. Haggai
c. Hosea
d. Jonah
e. Nahum

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37. Most of Obadiah's prophecies were concerned about the sins of

a. Edom
b. Israel
c. Judah
d. Moab

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38. A prophet who criticized Israel's wealthy folk was

a. Amos
b. Habakkuk
c. Nahum
d. Obadiah
e. Zechariah

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39. "For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind" was said by

a. Amos
b. Haggai
c. Hosea
d. Malachi

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40. A book in which Nebuchadnezzar figures prominently is

a. Amos
b. Daniel
c. Isaiah
d. Zechariah

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41. Who ate a scroll?

a. Amos
b. Daniel
c. Ezekiel
d. Hosea

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42. Who packed baggage as a symbol of exile and dug through a wall?

a. Amos
b. Jeremiah
c. Ezekiel
d. Hosea
e. Micah

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43. The "Immanuel" sign is discussed by

a. Ezekiel
b. Isaiah
c. Jeremiah
d. Joel
e. Jonah

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44. "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and comtempt" is in

a. Daniel
b. Ezekiel
c. Hosea
d. Obadiah
e. Zephaniah

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45. ". . . your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men dream dreams . . . " is found in

a. Jonah
b. Joel
c. Malachi
d. Zechariah

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46. ". . . let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everlasting stream" is found in

a. Amos
b. Jeremiah
c. Joel
d. Ezekiel
e. Zechariah

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47. ". . . and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" is found in

a. Ezekiel
b. Jonah
c. Hosea
d. Micah
e. Zephaniah

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48. "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" is found in which book?

a. Ecclesiastes
b. Job
c. Proverbs
d. Psalms
e. Song of Solomon

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49. Locate the following statement by book: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."

a. Ecclesiastes
b. Job
c. Proverbs
d. Psalms
e. Song of Solomon

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50. "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" is found in

a. Ecclesiastes
b. Job
c. Proverbs
d. Psalms
e. Song of Solomon

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51. "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in they sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer" is found in

a. Job
b. Psalms
c. Proverbs
d. Ecclesiastes
e. Song of Solomon

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52. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" is followed by:

a. "therefore we will not fear though the earth should change"
b. "my soul thirsts for God, for the living God"
c. 'Hope in God; for I shall again praise him"
d. "the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge"

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53. One of the themes of Psalm 91 is

a. God's law
b. the folly of human sin
c. the establishment of the covenant
d. the power and protection of God
e. the prediction of the coming of the Messiah

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54. The writer of Psalm 150 exhorts the people to praise God with

a. bowed heads and hearts
b. offerings and tithes
c. timbrel and dance
d. voices and uplifted arms

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55. "A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" is found in

a. Ecclesiastes
b. Job
c. Proverbs
d. Song of Solomon

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56. "What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?" is found in

a. Ecclesiastes
b. Job
c. Proverbs
d. Psalms
e. Song of Solomon

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57. "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it" is found in

a. Job
b. Ecclesiastes
c. Proverbs
d. Song of Solomon
e. Psalms

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58. The person Jesus rebuked and called Satan was

a. Caiaphas
b. Herod
c. Judas
d. Peter

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59. The Gerasene demoniac lived

a. with the swine
b. in the tombs
c. in the city streets
d. with the lepers

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60. The prayer in Matthew 6 also know as the Lord's Prayer is also found in

a. Mark
b. Luke
c. John
d. Acts

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61. Which disciples were with Jesus when he was transfigured:

a. Peter and Andrew
b. Peter and James
c. John and James
d. Peter, James and John
e. Andrew and John

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62. Several poems appear in the story of Jesus' birth in

a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John

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63. At the crucifixion, the words "Truly this man was a Son of God" were spoken by

a. Peter
b. Mary
c. Pilate
d. Roman centurion
e. Thomas

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64. Which is the only miracle reported in all four Gospels?

a. feeding the multitudes
b. healing of the ten lepers
c. walking on water
d. healing of blind Bartemaeus

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65. The risen Jesus' first appearance in Luke's gospel takes place on the road to

a. Bethany
b. Bethlehem
c. Capernaum
d. Emmaus
e. Nazareth

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66. The parables about the two sons and the lost coin are found in

a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John

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67. According to Luke, after Jesus preached in the synagogue of Nazareth he was

a. put out of the city
b. asked to return
c. invited to a banquet
d. taken to his mother's home

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68. Which woman is named in the first three gospels as an Easter visitor to the empty tomb?

a. Joanna
b. Mary the mother of Jesus
c. Mary Magdalene
d. the other Mary
e. Salome

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69. As Zechariah was praying in the temple, an angel of the Lord appeared and promised Zechariah

a. a son
b. freedom
c. healing
d. salvation
e. sight

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70. Which gospel begins with the intention of presenting an orderly account?

a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John

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71. The person to whom Jesus is speaking when he says, "You say that I am a King. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth" is

a. Caiaphas
b. James and John
c. Judas
d. Simon Peter
e. Pilate

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72. Jesus' friend Lazarus was from

a. Bethany
b. Bethlehem
c. Beersheba
d. Caesarea
e. Capernaum

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73. Jesus was asked "What is truth?" by

a. Nicodemus
b. Pilate
c. Caiaphas the high priest
d. the beloved disciple

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74. "Unless I see in his hands the print of his nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe." These words were spoken by

a. Peter
b. John
c. Andrew
d. Thomas
e. Philip

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75. According to 1John, what spirit does not confess Jesus?

a. Antichrist
b. Apollyon
c. the beast
d. Satan

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76. "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth . . . " is found in

a. Gospel of John
b. 1John
c. Revelation
d. 3John

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77. Onesimus was a

a. disciple
b. magician
c. soldier
d. politician
e. slave

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78. After his conversation with the Ethiopian Eunuch, Philip

a. ate with him
b. baptized him
c. introduced him to other Christians
d. took him to the Temple

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79. The disturbance provoked by the artisans of the Temple of Artemis took place in

a. Alexandria
b. Corinth
c. Damascus
d. Ephesus

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80. To which church did Paul write ". . . I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue?"

a. Corinth
b. Ephesus
c. Galatia
d. Jerusalem
e. Rome

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81. According to the book of Ephesians, God's ultimate plan for the fullness of time is to

a. baptize all nations
b. bring all the earth to God's praise
c. make every tongue confess Jesus as Lord
d. to unite all things in Christ

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82. Which book addresses problems created by people not doing any work because they anticipated the second coming?

a. 1Timothy
b. 2Timothy
c. Titus
d. 2Thessalonians

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83. One of the concerns in 1Timothy is for

a. children
b. drunkards
c. the rich
d. widows

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84. Where do Christians read these words of assurance from Paul: "For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first."?

a. Colossians
b. 2Corinthians
c. Philippians
d. 1Thessalonians

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85. In 2Timothy, Paul is deserted by

a. Timothy
b. Demas
c. Mark
d. Aquila

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86. The first martyr was

a. Ananias
b. Peter
c. Stephen
d. Paul
e. Peter

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87. The phrase found in the marriage service, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh" is quoted from Genesis in:

a. Romans
b. Galatians
c. Philippians
d. Ephesians

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88. "I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have" is said by

a. Peter to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple
b. Peter to Simon Magus who wanted to buy the Holy Spirit
c. Paul to Felix who hoped to receive money from Paul
d. Paul to the owners of the soothsaying woman in Philippi

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89. The book of Acts mentions

a. Christian prophets
b. speaking in tongues
c. a dispute about circumcision
d. Paul's shipwreck
e. all of the above

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90. "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?" is found in

a. Acts
b. 1Corinthians
c. 2Corinthians
d. Ephesians
e. Romans

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91. "Do this in remembrance of me" is found in

a. Acts
b. 1Corinthians
c. Romans
d. 1Timothy

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92. "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching" is found in

a. Colossians
b. Ephesians
c. Philemon
d. 2Timothy
e. Titus

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93. These qualities describe whom? One who is ". . . blameless, he must not be arrogant or quick tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright . . . "

a. all Christians
b. apostles
c. bishops
d. husbands
e. disciples

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94. 1 Peter tells the reader to

a. Honor all men
b. Fear God
c. Honor the emperor
d. all of the above

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95. Jesus is likened to what Old Testament priest in the book of Hebrews?

a. Aaron
b. Elijah
c. Moses
d. Melchizedek
e. Samuel

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96. The tongue is equated with a fire in

a. James
b. Hebrews
c. 2Peter
d. Revelation

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97. "Show me your faith apart from your work, and I by my works will show you my faith" is found in

a. James
b. 1Peter
c. Philemon
d. 2Timothy

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98. Which of the following addressed the rich in condemnatory language?

a. James
b. 1John
c. Jude
d. Peter

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99. "The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner and a stone that will make men stumble, a rock that will make them fall" is found in

a. James
b. 1Peter
c. 1Timothy
d. Revelation

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100. When 2Peter says "With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" he is dealing with

a. the persistence of evil
b. God's work as creator
c. the millennium
d. the delay of Christ's return
e. the difference between God and his creatures

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