1991 Bible Content Exam

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1. Who thought Israel would easily be able to overcome the Canaanites?

a. Gershon
b. Balaam
c. Caleb
d. Korah

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2. According to the book of Deuteronomy, with what will God bless Israel?

a. faithfulness
b. purity
c. righteousness
d. prosperity

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3. Which book contains the following statement, "If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death"?

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

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4. In a conversation between which characters does this statement occur, "you will be like God, knowing good and evil"?

a. God and Adam
b. Moses and Zipporah
c. Abraham and Sarah
d. Eve and the snake

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5. According to the book of Leviticus, which group is to purify themselves and make sacrifices on certain occasions?

a. sojourners
b. women
c. soldiers
d. servants

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6. By what means were the Israelites guided through the wilderness after they left Egypt?

a. Jethro and his family
b. Moses' knowledge of the area
c. the pillars of cloud and of fire
d. the reconnaissance of the twelve spies

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7. To whom were the laws in Leviticus delivered?

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

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8. In the book of Deuteronomy, which statement follows, "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord"?

a. "You shall have no other gods before me."
b. "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart . . ."
c. "And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you."
d. "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test."

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9. With what event are the "scapegoat," "Aaron," and "sin offering" connected?

a. Day of Atonement
b. Feast of Harvest
c. Feast of Ingathering
d. Passover

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10. Which statement accurately describes Melchizedek?

a. He was king of Hebron
b. He was priest of God Most High
c. He paid tithes to Abraham
d. He joined Abraham in a military campaign

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11. Who said: "As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good . . ?"

a. Cain
b. Lot
c. Joseph
d. Jacob

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12. Who was made a leper but then healed after seven days?

a. Miriam
b. Jezebel
c. Vashti
d. Bathsheba

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13. Who "went away from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, east of Eden"?

a. Abel
b. Adam
c. Cain
d. Enoch

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14. What group was supposed to care for the tent of meeting?

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

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

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

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16. According to Numbers 3:6, what was to be the western boundary of the promised land?

a. the wilderness of Zin along the side of Edom
b. the Great Sea and its coast
c. from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt
d. from Zedad to Ziphron

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17. Where was the passover instituted?

a. Egypt
b. the heights of Moab
c. Jericho
d. Peniel

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18. Who are the three main characters in 1 Samuel?

a. Deborah, Gideon and Samson
b. Samson, Saul and Nathan
c. Samuel, Saul and David
d. David, Jonathan and Nathan

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19. In the book of Esther, at whom is Mordecai angry?

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

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20. Over what empire did Artaxerxes rule?

a. Babylon
b. Egypt
c. Greece
d. Persia

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21. In which books does the prophet Elijah appear?

a. 1 & 2 Samuel
b. 1 & 2 Kings
c. 1 & 2 Chronicles
d. 1 Kings & 1 Chronicles

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22. Who killed Sisera, commander of a Canaanite army?

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

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23. According to Joshua 4, what did the stones carried across the Jordan River represent?

a. the number of enemies Israel defeated in battle
b. the twelve tribes of Israel
c. the number of attempts to cross the Jordan River
d. twelve years of battle

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24. In the story involving what main character do "Bethlehem," "Naomi," and "barley harvest" all play a role?

a. Esther
b. Ruth
c. Samuel
d. Saul

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25. Under whose leadership were the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt?

a. Ezra
b. Nehemiah
c. Joshua
d. Zerubabbel

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

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

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27. What were Shamgar, Gideon, and Jephthah?

a. judges
b. princes
c. singers
d. priests

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28. According to Joshua 2, what did Rahab do?

a. hid Israelite spies
b. helped the men of Jericho prepare for war
c. hid soldiers for the king
d. warned the city of enemy attack

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29. In the story involving what main character do "the four-hundred prophets of Asherah," "Mount Carmel," and "Ahab" appear?

a. Elijah
b. Elisha
c. Micah
d. Obadiah

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30. What king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent"?

a. Saul
b. David
c. Solomon
d. Hezekiah

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31. What was the name of Jeremiah's scribe?

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

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32. During whose reign did Haggai appear as a prophet?

a. Hezekiah
b. Josiah
c. Nebuchadnezzar
d. Darius

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33. In which book does the following quotation appear: "He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"?

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

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34. Who declared, "I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son . . ."?

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

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35. In which book does the following quotation appear: "How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the cities has become a vassal"?

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

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36. What statement describes what Isaiah says about the wolf and lamb, leopard and kid, calf and lion?

a. "Be fruitful and multiply."
b. "They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain."
c. "Thou hast given them dominion over the works of thy hands."
d. "Wild oxen shall fall with them, and young steers with the mighty bulls."

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37. Who brought Jeremiah from the dungeon to ask him, "Is there any word from the Lord"?

a. the king
b. princes of Judah
c. Baruch
d. Gedaliah

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38. Which book contains many passages concerning "my servant"?

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

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39. Which prophet was directed by God to name his children "Jezreel," "Not pitied," and "Not my people"?

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

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40. How were the words, which Daniel interpreted ("MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN"), conveyed?

a. spoken by a messenger of God
b. spoken by Daniel
c. read by a eunuch
d. written on a wall

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41. Of whom is it reported, ". . . the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord . . ."?

a. Hosea
b. Joel
c. Obadiah
d. Jonah

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42. In which book does the following statement occur: "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 . . .'"?

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

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43. In which book do the following quotations occur: "The righteous shall live by his faith," "The earth will be filled with the knowledge of he glory of the Lord," and "In wrath remember mercy"?

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

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44. For an example of the story of the call of a prophet, to which book would one turn?

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

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45. In which book do these lines appear: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you"; "Cursed be the day on which I was born!"; "Is there no balm in Gilead?"?

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

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46. Which book contains the following lines, "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord," "He will feed his flock like a shepherd"?

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

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47. Which passage appears 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. "Behold, a young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
d. "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."

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48. In what book does the following quotation appear: "There was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them"?

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

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49. Which statement does Proverbs 31 not include as a description of "a good wife"?

a. "Her children rise up and call her blessed."
b. "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue."
c. "For your love is better than wine, your anointing oils are fragrant."
d. "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."

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50. In what book does the following quotation occur, "But behold, this also was vanity"?

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

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51. What book concludes with the following verse, "Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of spices"?

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

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52. Which statement of theme characterizes Psalm 91?

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

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53. In which book does the following quotation appear, "Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it"?

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

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

a. Job's wife
b. one of Job's daughters
c. Zophar
d. Elihu

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55. With what phrase does the following proverb conclude, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not . . ."?

a. depart from it
b. despise you
c. dishonor your name
d. turn aside to evil

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56. With what lines does Psalm 51 begin?

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

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57. What is the first line in Psalm 1?

a. "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked . . ."
b. "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!"
c. "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof . . ."
d. "The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork."

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58. According to Matthew, Mark and Luke, why did Herod arrest John the Baptist?

a. John reproached him for living opulently
b. John accused him of adultery
c. John accused him of disloyalty to his own people
d. John accused him of using Roman troops to quell Jewish uprisings

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59. In which book or books is the story of the shepherds "keeping . . . their flock by night" found?

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

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60. According to Matthew, what does the name of child, "Emmanuel," born to Mary mean?

a. "He will save his people from their sins."
b. "He will govern my people Israel."
c. "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light."
d. "God with us."

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61. According to Mark, what does the angel tell the women at the empty tomb?

a. to wait in Jerusalem, where Jesus will appear first to Peter, then to the twelve, and then to the whole company of disciples.
b. to wait in Jerusalem until Jesus appears in Mary his mother.
c. to tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before them and the women to Galilee; there they will all see him, just as Jesus had told them.
d. to tell Mary, Jesus mother, to wait at the tomb until Jesus appears to her.

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62. Which gospel or gospels open with a genealogy?

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

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63. About whom, and on what occasion, was it said, "Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean"?

a. Joseph of Arimathea when he asked for Jesus' body
b. Peter, in the courtyard of the high priest
c. John, preaching in Jordan
d. Stephen, preaching in Jerusalem

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64. According to Luke, at which moment did the disciples who journeyed to Emmaus recognize Jesus?

a. when he opened the Scriptures
b. when he gave them the Holy Spirit
c. when he showed them the nail prints in his hands
d. when he broke bread and gave it to them

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65. In which synoptic gospel or gospels are the beatitudes found?

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

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66. According to both the gospels of Mark and Matthew, what did Jesus say from the cross?

a. "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
b. "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."
c. "I thirst."
d. "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

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67. About whom did Jesus say that their action should be remembered wherever the gospel is preached?

a. the woman who had the flow of blood
b. the woman who poured ointment on Jesus' head
c. the centurion who declared Jesus was the Son of God
d. the Samaritan in the parable

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68. What did the angel promise Zechariah, when he was praying in the temple?

a. a son
b. a daughter
c. healing
d. salvation

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69. How does Jesus answer the question, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"

a. I have no mother or brothers.
b. those who have always been my mother and my brothers.
c. those who follow me faithfully
d. whoever does the will of God

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70. What did the householder say when many excused themselves from the householder's great banquet?

a. "How hard it is for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of heaven."
b. "Bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame."
c. "Finally I will send my son; him they will respect."
d. "Never again shall I drink from the fruit of the vine until the day when the kingdom of God comes."

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71. Which statement is not characteristic of the Gospel of John?

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

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72. How is this phrase in John 1 completed, "And the Word became flesh and . . .?

a. his name was called Jesus."
b. increases in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man."
c. his name was called Immanuel."
d. dwelt among us, full of grace and truth."

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73. According to the Gospel of John, why was the Gospel written?

a. so "that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name."
b. to present "an orderly account for you . . . that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed."
c. so "that your joy may be complete."
d. to present "the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham."

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74. Which of the following is an important theme of the First Letter of John?

a. election
b. creation
c. predestination
d. love

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75. According to the Book of Revelation, where was John when he heard "a loud voice like a trumpet"?

a. praying on a high mountain
b. worshipping in the temple
c. suffering persecution in Ephesus
d. staying on the island of Patmos

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76. What does the Book of Revelation not include?

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. Who was Onesimus?

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

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78. Why does Paul refer to Abraham in his letter to the Romans?

a. since Abraham was circumcised, all should be circumcised.
b. justification by faith is exemplified by Abraham, since he received the promise by faith before he was circumcised.
c. as Abraham was a wanderer and sojourner, so Christians are pilgrims and sojourners in this world.
d. the promise made to Abraham is now extended to the Gentiles and is no longer valid for Jews.

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79. On what does Paul base his order to the church of the Thessalonians: "If anyone will not work, let him not eat"?

a. "Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God."
b. "I know your works; you have the name of being alive, and you are dead."
c. "What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works?"
d. "For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you."

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80. According to the book of Ephesians, what is God's ultimate plan for "the fullness of time"?

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

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81. In 2 Corinthians, how is Paul's statement, "Therefore, if any one is in Christ . . .," completed?

a. "he should be baptized."
b. "he will uphold Christ's law."
c. "he is a new creation."
d. "he will turn from the law."

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82. In what context within 1 Corinthians does Paul write about "the body of Christ"?

a. in a discussion of the resurrection
b. in a discussion of spiritual gifts
c. in a discussion of marital ethics
d. in a discussion of apostolic authority

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83. In Galatians, what does Paul claim is the source of his gospel?

a. personal reflection
b. a revelation of Jesus Christ
c. the apostles in Jerusalem
d. an event on the Damascus road

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84. What should those who speak "in a tongue" pray for?

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

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85. for whom did Paul take up "a contribution"?

a. the Christians at Boroea
b. the church at Rome
c. the people of Athens
d. the poor saints of Jerusalem

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86. What is one of the central concerns of 1 Timothy?

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

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87. Who addressed the men of Judea at Pentecost?

a. James
b. Peter
c. Paul
d. Stephen

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88. To which church did Paul write a letter before visiting them?

a. Athens
b. Corinth
c. Philippi
d. Rome

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89. Which statement best summarizes Paul's argument in Romans that there is no difference between Jew and Greek?

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

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90. What is Paul's situation at the end of Acts?

a. he is under house arrest in Rome
b. he is on trial for his life
c. he is in jail in Corinth
d. he is on his way to Spain

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91. According to Acts, from what city did Saul come?

a. Antioch
b. Athens
c. Jerusalem
d. Tarsus

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92. What is Paul's situation when he writes those in Philippi?

a. he is on ship
b. he is in prison
c. he is travelling in Spain
d. he is preaching in Corinth

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93. Who said, and in what situation, "I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have . . ."?

a. Peter to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the temple
b. Peter to Simon Magnus who wanted to buy the Holy Spirit
c. Paul to Felix who "hoped that money would be given him by Paul"
d. Paul to the owners of the soothsaying girl in Philippi

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94. In which book does this quotation appear, "And convince some, who doubt; save some, by snatching them out of the fire; on some have mercy with fear . . ."?

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

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95. In which book does the following quotation appear, "If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit"?

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

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96. According to 1 Peter, what should be the Christian attitude toward every human institution?

a. they should oppose it
b. they should question it
c. they should withdraw from it
d. they should be subject to it

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97. Which book refers to the early Christian practice of praying over the sick and anointing them with oil?

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

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98. In what way does the Letter to the Hebrews describe faith?

a. "Because we are justified with faith, we have peace with God."
b. "Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith."
c. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
d. "Faith apart from works is dead."

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99. With what issue is the following quotation from 2 Peter concerned: "With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day"?

a. the persistence of evil
b. God's work as creator
c. the millennium
d. the apparent delay of Christ's return

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100. Why does the author of Hebrews think Melchizedek is important?

a. like Jesus, he suffered for the sins of others.
b. he is a type of Jesus' eternal kingship.
c. as a Gentile, he represents the mission to the Gentiles.
d. he is a "likeness" of Jesus' priestly work.

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