1990 Bible Content Exam

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1. What did Jacob call the place where "he took the stone which he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar"?

a. Bethel
b. Beersheba
c. Haran
d. Shechem

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2. What was found in Benjamin's sack of grain?

a. extra grain
b. a silver cup
c. money
d. clothing

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3. What do the laws of cleanliness in Leviticus forbid the people to eat?

a. the blood of fowl and animals
b. animal fat
c. flesh that touches anything unclean
d. all of the above

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4. In what way was Miriam punished for speaking against Moses?

a. she was declared unclean
b. she was banished from the camp
c. she was removed from her leadership position
d. she contracted leprosy

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5. The conversation between Eve and the serpent focuses on the issue of:

a. apples
b. covenant
c. death
d. tilling the soil

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6. Marked by God, dwelt in the land of Nod east of Eden, and built a city called Enoch relate to:

a. Cain
b. Noah
c. Seth
d. Shem

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7. In the book of Genesis, God's promise of blessing to Abraham follows most closely on the story of:

a. the flood
b. the murder of Abel
c. the sin of Adam and Eve
d. the tower of Babel

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8. The book of Deuteronomy contains all but one of the following:

a. curses and blessings
b. Moses' farewell address
c. the story of the tower of Babel
d. the account of Moses' death and burial

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9. Abraham and David were both closely associated with:

a. Nineveh
b. Hebron
c. Jericho
d. Peniel

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

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

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11. Jethro:

a. counseled Moses to appoint able men to help him decide legal cases
b. brought unacceptable sacrifices to the LORD
c. complained because he had no meat in the wilderness
d. led a revolt against Moses in the wilderness

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12. When Moses delayed coming down from 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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13. In Leviticus, the priestly line is established with the consecration of:

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

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14. References to Melchizedek, King of Salem, in the Epistle to the Hebrews presume a story found in:

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

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15. The care of the tabernacle was the responsibility of:

a. The Levites
b. Korah and his family
c. Nadab and Abihu
d. The Reubenites

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16. Which tribe was not allotted any territory in Canaan?

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

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17. In which book is Moses told he will not enter the promised land?

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

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18. Which individual was Deborah's general?

a. Jael
b. Sisera
c. Heber
d. Barak

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19. What is the one thing Gideon and his army did not take with them when they attacked the Midianites?

a. trumpets
b. empty jars
c. ark of the covenant
d. torches

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20. Which individual sacrificed his daughter in order to keep his vow to God?

a. Gideon
b. Jephthah
c. Micah
d. Manoah

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21. In whose field did Ruth glean?

a. Naomi's
b. Mahlon's
c. Elimelech's
d. Boaz's

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22. The boy Samuel was in service under:

a. Eli
b. Hophni
c. Phineas
d. Saul

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23. David's reaction to the death of Saul was to:

a. investigate to find the killer
b. lament
c. sing a psalm of thanksgiving
d. rejoice that he was free from his enemy

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24. "Bring me a sword" and "divide in two. . ." occurs in a story that illustrates:

a. Joab's blood-thirstiness
b. Solomon's wisdom
c. Benaiah's loyalty to Solomon
d. Abner's desire for revenge

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25. For what was Jehu remembered in Israel?

a. he assassinated Jezebel and her offspring
b. he called down fire from heaven on Mt. Carmel
c. he helped Solomon build the temple
d. he fought against the Babylonians

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26. The king associated with the return of Judah from Exile is:

a. Cyrus
b. Xerxes
c. Ahasueras
d. Nebuchadnezzar

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27. The Persian decree permitting the reconstruction of the Jerusalem Temple may be found in the Book of:

a. Daniel
b. Ezra
c. 2 Kings
d. 2 Chronicles

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28. In what book does this quotation occur: "And let the maiden who pleases the king be queen"?

a. 1 Kings
b. 2 Chronicles
c. Ruth
d. Esther

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29. What was Nehemiah's role in Susa?

a. eunuch
b. scribe of Yahweh
c. cupbearer to the king
d. ambassador from Judah

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30. Mordecai's failure to tremble before Haman is recorded in what book?

a. 2 Kings
b. 2 Chronicles
c. Ruth
d. Esther

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31. Counsel to submit to the yoke of the king of Babylon was given by:

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

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32. What prophet had a vision of a valley of dry bones?

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

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33. Mention of "a shoot from the stump of Jesse," "the lion [eating] straw," "a [child's hand] on the adder's den" is found in:

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

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34. "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD" occurs in:

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

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35. The name of Jeremiah's scribe was:

a. Balaam
b. Baruch
c. Benjamin
d. Boaz

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36. ". . . yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors" is a quotation from which book?

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

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37. "He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" refers to an individual described in:

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

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38. To which prophet did the word of the LORD come, saying: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you"?

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

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39. What prophet was sitting among the exiles by the river Chebar, during the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin, when he saw visions of God?

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

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40. Who had a vision of four great beasts whose power is broken, while "the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, for ever and ever?"

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

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41. Identify the prophet who uttered the following: "but the righteous shall live by his faith."

a. Hosea
b. Nahum
c. Habakkuk
d. Malachi

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42. What prophet's children were named "Jezreel" and "Not Pitied"?

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

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43. About what city was the prophet Nahum speaking when he said, "I will let nations look on your nakedness and kingdoms on your shame. I will throw filth at you and treat you with contempt and make you a gazingstock"?

a. Thebes
b. Elkosh
c. Nineveh
d. Damascus

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44. Which passage occurs in the book of Joel?

a. "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow"
b. "your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions"
c. "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea"
d. "Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice"

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45. The book of Jonah present the story of:

a. an Egyptian sailor who was shipwrecked
b. an Israelite prophet who ran away
c. a Judean priest who was taken into exile
d. a Babylonian hero who slew Leviathan

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46. Which prophet said what the Lord required was: "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"?

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

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47. "And he said to me, 'Son of man, stand upon your feet, and I will speak with you. . .I send you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels, who have rebelled against me' " is found in:

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

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48. In the book of Job, who says, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God, and die"?

a. Job's wife
b. Jemimah
c. Zophar
d. Elihu

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49. Complete this verse from Psalm 24: "Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors. . ."

a. to thee O Lord, I lift up my soul."
b. O Lord, teach me thy paths."
c. that the King of glory may come in."
d. I love the habitation of thy house."

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50. In the final chapter of the book of Job, with whom is God angry?

a. Job
b. Job's wife
c. Job's children
d. Job's friends

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51. According to Psalm 137, to what place did the Psalmist refer when writing: "On the willows there we hung up our lyres"?

a. "in the Negev"
b. "on Jordan's stormy banks"
c. "when Israel went forth from Egypt"
d. "by the waters of Babylon"

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52. In Psalm 106, "Praise the LORD! O give thanks to the LORD," is followed by which phrase?

a. "for he is good"
b. "Restore us again, O God of our salvation"
c. "Preserve my life, for I am godly"
d. "Blessed is the man who trusts in thee"

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53. In which book does the following quotation occur: "Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil"?

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

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54. In the book of Proverbs, who is described as "far more precious than jewels"?

a. Lady Wisdom
b. Zion
c. Solomon's mother
d. a good wife

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55. Locate by book: "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?"

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

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56. "Her ways are of pleasantness and all her paths are peace" is said about:

a. Job's wife
b. Wisdom
c. The Queen of Sheba
d. Ecclesiastes' wife

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57. In which book does the following statement occur: "A man's mind plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps"?

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

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58. How is this saying completed: "Blessed are the peacemakers, . . ."?

a. "for theirs is the kingdom of heaven'
b. "for they shall inherit the earth"
c. "for they shall be called sons of God"
d. "for they shall see God"

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59. Which of these statements is found in the first chapter of Matthew?:

a. "a virgin shall conceive and bear a son"
b. "You are the Christ"
c. "Glory to God in the highest"
d. "We had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel"

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60. Who appeared with Moses during the transfiguration of Jesus?

a. Abraham
b. Ezekiel
c. Elijah
d. Elisha

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61. "For many are called, but few are chosen" comes at the conclusion of the parable of the

a. wicked tenants
b. marriage feast
c. two sons
d. ten virgins

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62. When did Jesus say, "for all who take the sword will perish by the sword"?

a. at his entry into Jerusalem
b. at his trial
c. at his arrest
d. at the last supper

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63. Which title appears most frequently in Mark?

a. Messiah
b. Son of God
c. Christ
d. Son of man

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64. Which of the following is not typical of the Gospel of John?

a. "No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known"
b. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit"
c. "He who does what is true comes to the light"
d. "They cried out, 'You are the Son of God.' And he strictly ordered them not to make him known"

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65. Who said, "In the resurrection whose wife will she be?":

a. Mary Magdalene
b. the rich young man
c. some Sadducees
d. the woman at the well

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66. In Luke, who says, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel"?

a. Zechariah
b. Elizabeth
c. Anna
d. Simeon

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67. 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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68. 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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69. Who is mentioned in connection with Abraham's bosom?

a. Lazarus
b. John the Baptist
c. Simon Peter
d. Sarah

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70. Who said, "God, I thank thee that I am not like other men,. . ."?

a. Simon Peter
b. a Pharisee
c. Lazarus
d. a tax collector

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71. How does the Gospel of John describe John the Baptist?

a. It includes the story of John's beheading
b. It presents John the Baptist as one sent before Jesus
c. It describes John's dietary practices
d. It disregards John the Baptist

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72. Of whom did the fourth Gospel say, "He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light"?

a. Jesus
b. John
c. Lazarus
d. Pilate

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73. When Jesus attempted to wash Peter's feet, Peter said:

a. "I will never fall away"
b. "Lord, you know that I love you"
c. "Now I know that you are the Christ"
d. "You shall never wash my feet"

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74. According to 1 John, "If we say we have not sinned," God....is:

a. angry
b. a liar
c. a judge
d. a prosecutor

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75. "'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'" These words occur in:

a. 1 John
b. 2 John
c. 3 John
d. Revelation

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76. Revelation contains all of the following except:

a. A vision of a woman clothed with the sun
b. A vision of four horsemen
c. A vision of the glorified Christ
d. A vision of Jesus with Moses and Elijah

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77. Which book is addressed to a man named Theophilus:

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

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78. The people gathered in the upper room after Jesus was lifted up into heaven included:

a. Nicodemus
b. Mary
c. Barnabas
d. Timothy

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

a. lied to God
b. spoke blasphemous words
c. dishonored the name of Jesus
d. lied to Peter

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80. 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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81. What is the issue that prompts the gathering described in Acts 15?

a. the debate over circumcision and salvation
b. the way to approach synagogues
c. the rejection of Jewish law by Gentiles
d. the replacement of Judas

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82. Who does not appear in Luke's account of Paul's ministry?

a. Felix and Drusilla
b. Festus
c. Agrippa and Bernice
d. Pilate

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83. The sermon about the unknown gods was delivered at

a. Philippi
b. Lystra
c. Athens
d. Antioch

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84. Paul's argument in Romans that there is no difference between Jew and Greek is summarized by what statement from that epistle:

a. all need milk, not solid food
b. all have sinned and fallen short
c. they have this treasure in earthen vessels
d. they are the temple of the living God

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85. In which epistle does Paul state his desire to visit Spain?

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

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

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

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87. "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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88. Freedom in Christ is a major theme of:

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

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89. "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God - not because of works, lest any man should boast" occurs in which book?

a. Ephesians
b. Colossians
c. Titus
d. Philemon

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90. "Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air..." occurs in which book?

a. 2 Corinthians
b. Galatians
c. Ephesians
d. 1 Thessalonians

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

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

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92. To whom does Paul give the following advice: "Let no one despise your youth..."?

a. Barnabas
b. Epaphras
c. John Mark
d. Timothy

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93. Where was Paul when he wrote to Philemon?

a. He was on Crete
b. He was in jail
c. He was in Nicopolis
d. He was on board ship

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94. "Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood...what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?" This is typical of the argument in:

a. Hebrews
b. James
c. 1 Peter
d. 2 Peter

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95. "...convince some, who doubt; save some, by snatching them out of the fire..." and "contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" occurs in:

a. James
b. Jude
c. 1 Peter
d. 2 Peter

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96. According to the book of Hebrews, what must one have in order to please God?

a. Faith
b. Hope
c. Love
d. Deeds

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97. "Come to 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, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" occurs in:

a. James
b. 1 Peter
c. 2 Peter
d. Jude

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98. The example of Melchizedek is used by the author of Hebrews in discussing:

a. Christian tithing
b. Jesus' death as a sacrifice
c. The messiahship of Jesus
d. The priesthood of Jesus

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

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

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100. The tongue is equated with a fire in:

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

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