1989 BIBLE CONTENT EXAM

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1. The laws in Leviticus were delivered to:

a. Eleazar
b. Aaron
c. Joshua
d. Moses

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2. According to Leviticus, the Jubilee Year requires:

a. the celebration of the exodus
b. return of property
c. ritual purification
d. animal sacrifice

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3. According to Leviticus, every one who curses his father or mother shall:

a. be driven out from the people
b. be put to death
c. go to the priests to be purified
d. offer a sacrifice

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4. The sentence, "You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy." is found in:

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

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5. Jethro was a priest of:

a. Moab
b. Ur of the Chaldees
c. Midian
d. Bethel

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6. "The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." may be found in:

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

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7. Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 both contain:

a. rules governing pilgrimage feasts
b. the Ten Commandments
c. the story of the golden calf
d. rules governing the Day of Atonement

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8. "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering . . . " was spoken by:

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

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9. "I will not let you go, unless you bless me." was said by:

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

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10. "The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other." Was spoken by:

a. Abraham
b. Lot
c. Jacob
d. Laban

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11. Jacob's youngest son, who was born in the promised land, was named:

a. Dan
b. Benjamin
c. Naphtali
d. Joseph

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12. To what subject are the first seven chapters of Leviticus devoted?

a. sexual offenses
b. the priesthood
c. ritual offerings
d. laws concerning purity

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13. Who told Moses to choose "able men" to help ease the burden of his responsibilities?

a. Yahweh
b. Aaron
c. Jethro
d. Miriam

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14. Yahweh denied Moses permission to accompany the Israelites into the promised land because Moses had:

a. failed to give satisfactory credit to Yahweh for causing water to spring from a rock.
b. fathered children who were unfaithful to Yahweh.
c. allowed the Israelites to intermarry with pagans and to worship foreign gods.
d. failed to follow Yahweh's instructions concerning the building of the tabernacle.

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15. Which individual was allowed to enter the promised land?

a. Miriam
b. Jethro
c. Joshua
d. Aaron

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16. Abraham purchased a field in Machpelah for use as:

a. an inheritance gift for Isaac
b. a burial place for Sarah
c. barter when trading for livestock
d. a place to build an altar to Yahweh

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17. From which book comes the saying, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself?"

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

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18. The story of the Israelite defeat of Canaan is narrated in:

a. Joshua
b. Judges
c. 1 Samuel
d. 2 Samuel

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19. "No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you." was said by God to:

a. Joshua
b. Deborah
c. Samson
d. Gideon

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20. In the Book of Esther, Mordecai draws the wrath of whose fury?

a. Ahasuerus
b. Vashti
c. Haman
d. Hegai

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21. "Sun, stand thou still at Gibeon." This was said by:

a. Jephthat
b. Elisha
c. Moses
d. Joshua

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22. Which tribe of Israel received cities within the territories of others?

a. Ephraim
b. Levi
c. Judah
d. Benjamin

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23. 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 the men for his army.

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24. " . . . choose this day whom you will serve . . . " was said by:

a. Gideon
b. Joshua
c. Deborah
d. Samson

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25. "And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals; and they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers . . . " This comment is typical of:

a. 1 Samuel
b. 2 Samuel
c. Joshua
d. Judges

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26. She directed a battle fought by certain tribes against the Canaanites.

a. Deborah
b. Jael
c. Miriam
d. Vashti

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27. The Canaanite command defeated by Barak was

a. Anak
b. Sisera
c. Ehud
d. Cushen

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

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

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29. Eli, Abiathar, and Zadok were all:

a. Judges
b. Kings
c. Military leaders
d. Priests

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30. Why did David refuse to take Saul's life when he had a chance?

a. David did not believe in killing
b. David had great respect for Saul's son, Jonathan.
c. Saul was the Lord's anointed.
d. David felt obligated to Saul for his past generosity.

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31. Hiram was most closely associated with:

a. Babylon
b. Israel
c. Judah
d. Tyre

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32. "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son." is a quotation from which book?

a. Hosea
b. Joel
c. Amos
d. Zephaniah

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33. Which prophetic book develops its main themes around the imagery of marriage between God and Israel?

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

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34. Which prophet spoke the words of promise cited in Acts 2, " . . . I will pour out my spirit on all flesh."?

a. Zechariah
b. Micah
c. Joel
d. Hosea

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35. Which prophet identified himself as from "among the shepherds"?

a. Amos
b. Habakkuk
c. Zephaniah
d. Obadiah

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36. Who named his children "Not pitied" and "Not my people" at birth as signs of his message from God to Israel?

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

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37. Which prophet justified his behavior by saying: " . . . I knew that thou art a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repentest of evil."?

a. Micah
b. Nahum
c. Jonah
d. Joel

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38. Which prophet declared: "Hear this, you who trample upon the needy, and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, 'When will the new moon be over . . . that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and sell the refuse of the wheat?'"?

a. Micah
b. Amos
c. Obadiah
d. Malachi

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39. Which two prophets proclaimed that in the future "the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains . . . and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come...?

a. Hosea and Jeremiah
b. Micah and Isaiah
c. Amos and Hosea
d. Haggai and Zechariah

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40. Which prophet said, "I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint."?

a. Zephaniah
b. Zechariah
c. Joel
d. Habakkuk

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41. When some of the people exiled to Babylon had returned to Jerusalem during the Persian period, who urged them to rebuild the temple?

a. Johan
b. Malachi
c. Haggai
d. Micah

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42. Which prophetic book is, in its entirety, an oracle concerning Nineveh?

a. Jonah
b. Nahum
c. Habakkuk
d. Zephaniah

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43. Which prophetic book envisions a future in which "your sons and daughters shall prophecy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions."?

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

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44. The immanent approach of "the great day of the Lord" is a major theme in which prophetic book?

a. Nahum
b. Habakkuk
c. Zephaniah
d. Haggai

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45. Ahaz's response to the Lord's demand to ask for a sign "deep as Sheol or high as heaven" in Isaiah 7 is:

a. to refuse to ask for a sign.
b. to request a sign.
c. to challenge Isaiah.
d. to walk away in anger.

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46. Maher-shalal-hash-baz is:

a. a priest of Assyria against whom Isaiah contended
b. the son of Baladan, king of Babylon
c. Isaiah's son
d. one who cried for the destruction of Samaria

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47. As predicted to Hezekiah by Isaiah, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, died:

a. in the siege of Jerusalem
b. by the same illness that threatened Hezekiah
c. by the sword in his own land
d. by a fall from his horse

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48. "Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations." is found in:

a. Isaiah 9
b. Isaiah 24
c. Isaiah 42
d. Isaiah 56

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49. "For I know that my redeemer lives . . . " is found in:

a. Job
b. Psalms
c. Proverbs
d. Ecclesiastes

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50. "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!" is found in:

a. Job
b. Psalms
c. Proverbs
d. Ecclesiastes

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51. "A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels." is found in:

a. Psalms
b. Ecclesiastes
c. Job
d. Proverbs

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52. "I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys." is found in:

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

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53. One of the themes of Psalm 91 is:

a. the futility of life
b. the importance of Zion
c. the power and protection of God
d. the law of God

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54. Psalm 51 begins as follows:

a. "The almighty God, the Lord speaks . . ."
b. "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to they steadfast love."
c. "Make a joyful noise to God."
d. "The Lord reigns, he is robed with majesty."

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55. "Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord!" is found in:

a. Job
b. Psalms
c. Proverbs
d. Ecclesiastes

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56. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar appear in the book of:

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

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57. "Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!" is found in:

a. Job
b. Psalms
c. Proverbs
d. Ecclesiastes

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58. "By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept . . . " is followed in the Biblical text by what line:

a. "why do the nations conspire and the people plot in vain?"
b. "sing us one of the songs of Zion."
c. "I have set my king in Zion."
d. "when we remembered Zion."

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59. "God is our refuge and strength . . . " is followed in the Biblical text by what line?

a. "but man that is born of woman is of few days."
b. "a very present help in trouble."
c. "now let us go into the house of the Lord."
d. "my help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."

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60. "Let the day perish wherein I was born and the night which said, 'A manchild is conceived.'" is found in:

a. Job
b. Ecclesiastes
c. Psalms
d. Proverbs

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61. "A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother." is found in:

a. Job
b. Psalms
c. Proverbs
d. Ecclesiastes

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62. The passerby forced to carry Jesus' cross was:

a. Simon of Cyrene
b. Joseph of Arimathea
c. Lazarus of Bethany
d. Caiaphas of Jerusalem

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63. Jesus was arrested in the:

a. courtyard of the temple
b. home of Mary and Martha
c. garden of Gethsemane
d. upper room

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64. According to the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus called him to be a disciple, Matthew was a:

a. fisherman
b. shepherd
c. tax collector
d. teacher

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65. The two who appeared talking with Jesus when he was transfigured were:

a. Jacob and David
b. Abraham and Jacob
c. Elias and Isaiah
d. Moses and Elijah

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66. Jesus was baptized in the:

a. Sea of Galilee
b. Dead Sea
c. Jordan River
d. Mediterranean Sea

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67. In the Gospel of Luke, who prayed, "God, I thank thee that I am not like other men!"?

a. samaritan
b. sadducee
c. pharisee
d. publican

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68. In the Nazareth synagogue, Luke reports that Jesus read from the book of Isaiah:

a. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me."
b. "All we like sheep have gone astray."
c. "Seek the Lord while he may be found."
d. "Harken to me, you who pursue deliverance."

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69. According to the Gospel of Luke, the mother of John the Baptist was:

a. Elizabeth
b. Anna
c. Joanna
d. Martha

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70. According to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, immediately after Jesus was baptized, he:

a. called the twelve disciples.
b. went to the wilderness.
c. returned to Galilee.
d. returned to Nazareth to tell his family.

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71. "Salt of the earth," "Light of the world," and "lilies of the field" occur in:

a. Jesus' instructions to the seventy
b. Jesus' instructions to the twelve
c. Jesus' sermon on the mount
d. Jesus' teaching after the resurrection

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72. The parable of the sower is found in the gospel according to

a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. All of these

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

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

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74. Which of the following phrases correctly continues the story beginning with the words, "Behold a woman of the city, who was a sinner . . .

a. came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment."
b. began to wet his feet with her tears."
c. begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter."
d. put two copper coins into the offering."

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75. The closing verse of John's gospel declares:

a. none should add to take away anything in the book.
b. Jesus did so many things, the world could not contain all the books reporting them.
c. anyone who brings back a sinner from error will save his soul from death.
d. a second book will be written, dealing with the history of the church.

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76. In John 1, John the Baptist is introduced as:

a. a kinsman of Jesus
b. one from the wilderness
c. a man sent from God
d. one of God's prophets

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77. The conversation of Jesus with the woman at the well took place in:

a. Samaria
b. Judea
c. Galilee
d. Idumea

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78. When in John 9 Jesus answered the questions concerning the blindness a man had known before Jesus healed him, Jesus declared the man had been blind:

a. because of his sin
b. because of his parents' sin
c. so that others would have sympathy for him
d. so that the works of God could be seen in him

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79. The major theme of chapter 10 of the Gospel of John is about Jesus as the:

a. bread of life
b. Son of Man
c. good shepherd
d. true vine

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80. Which of the following is an essential theme of the First Letter of John?

a. Election
b. Creation
c. Predestination
d. Love

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81. Which event occurs earliest in the Book of Revelation?

a. giving of seven trumpets
b. opening of the seven seals
c. seven angels with seven plagues
d. vision of Christ with seven messages

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82. "A Jew is one who is one inwardly, and real ___________ is a matter of the heart, spiritual and not literal." The missing word is:

a. love
b. sacrifice
c. circumcision
d. conversion

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83. Those who speak in a tongue should pray for:

a. the power to heal
b. the power to interpret
c. the power to exorcize demons
d. the power to convert

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84. Identify: "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose."

a. Romans 8
b. 1 Corinthians
c. Galatians 5
d. Ephesians 5

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85. Which saying is from Paul's letter to the Romans?

a. "So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
b. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
c. "Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?"
d. "See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are."

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86. "If there is a physical body," Paul says, "there is also ___________."

a. a terrestrial body
b. a spiritual body
c. a perishable soul
d. an immortal soul

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87. Paul's counsel not to marry if one is not already married is from:

a. Galatians
b. 1 Corinthians
c. Ephesians
d. Romans

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88. Paul besought the Lord three times to remove his thorn in the flesh; and received the response:

a. "You will inherit a spiritual body."
b. "You must not boast about it."
c. "My grace is sufficient for you."
d. "Are you not willing to drink from this cup?"

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89. One of the key questions posed to Paul which he seeks to answer in I Thessalonians is:

a. what to do about the divisions of the church.
b. what about the secret teachings of Jesus.
c. what about Christians who have died.
d. what should be done about Judaizers.

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90. That the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night is from Paul's letter to:

a. I Thessalonians
b. Romans
c. Colossians
d. Ephesians

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91. Paul said:

a. "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
b. "I have been crucified with Christ."
c. "If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness."
d. all of the above.

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92. At their trial after they had healed a lame man, Peter and John defended themselves with the claim that the man was healed

a. by the name of Jesus Christ
b. by speaking in tongues
c. through the power given them by God
d. through the power of the Holy Spirit

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93. Peter's accusation to Ananias and Sapphira (who sold property while keeping back some of the proceeds) was that they

a. were filled with new wine
b. lied to God
c. dishonored the name of Jesus
d. lied to Peter

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94. Peter's visit to Cornelius in Caesarea concerned the

a. stoning of Stephen
b. Gentiles receiving the word of God
c. the appointment of a new disciple
d. the preaching of the Gospel

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95. When the residents of Lystra thought Barnabas was Zeus and Paul was Hermes, Barnabas and Paul

a. tore their garments and delivered a speech.
b. left the city immediately.
c. exhorted the local magistrate to calm the crowd.
d. refused to acknowledge they understood the local tongue.

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96. The riot led by the silversmiths took place in

a. Ephesus
b. Lystra
c. Caesarea
d. Athens

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97. "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." is found in

a. I Corinthians
b. Philippians
c. Romans
d. Ephesians

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98. The priest of the most high God was:

a. Levi
b. Aaron
c. Moses
d. Melchizedek

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99. "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' you do well . . . for whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of it all." is found in:

a. Titus
b. James
c. I Peter
d. II John

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100. "Come unto him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God's sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood . . . " is found in:

a. Ephesians
b. Jude
c. I Peter
d. II Peter

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