1992 Bible Content Exam

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1. How did the people of Israel corrupt themselves while Moses was on the mountain with the Lord?

a. they sacrificed to Baal
b. they offered strange fire to the Lord
c. they turned to Balaam to lead them in a new way
d. they made a molten calf, worshiped it, and sacrificed to it

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2. Israelite law demanded scrupulous care in the treatment of the blood of strange animals. What reason for this is given in Leviticus?

a. blood is holy
b. blood is inedible
c. blood is life
d. blood is the choicest part of the animal

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3. Who did the Lord command Moses to bring near to him "to serve me as priests"?

a. Aaron and his sons
b. Jethro and his brothers
c. Joshua and his brothers
d. Rechabites

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4. How many sons did Jacob have?

a. 6
b. 8
c. 10
d. 12

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5. Which of the following statements is not a part of the conversation between God and Moses at the burning bush?

a. God: "I have seen the affliction of my people . . ."
b. God: "Put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
c. Moses: "And they shall ask me, 'What is his name?', what shall I say to them?"
d. God: "You shall have no other gods before me."

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6. What is the focus of the conversation between Eve and the serpent?

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

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7. The Ten Commandments are recorded in which two books?

a. Genesis and Numbers
b. Exodus and Numbers
c. Exodus and Deuteronomy
d. Numbers and Deuteronomy

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8. Of which of the following was Jethro a priest?

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

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9. What accompanied the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses?

a. a deep silence
b. a heavenly chorus
c. the songs of the people
d. thunder and lightning

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10. Who did the Lord name when Moses, nearing death, asked for a man to be his successor?

a. Aaron the brother of Moses
b. Caleb the son of Jephunneh
c. Eleazar the priest
d. Joshua son of Nun

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

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

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12. Who said, "Am I my brother's keeper?"?

a. Abel
b. Cain
c. Isaac
d. Joseph

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13. What was the sign of the covenant God made with Noah and his descendants?

a. God placed a bow in the clouds
b. Noah became the first tiller of the soil
c. the ark would carry his family through the flood
d. the rain came to a halt

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14. What is the first of the Ten Commandments?

a. "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you."
b. "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy."
c. "You shall have no other gods before me."
d. "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain."

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15. What resulted from the mission of the twelve spies?

a. Israel remained in the wilderness for 40 years
b. Miriam sang a song of victory to the Lord
c. the rod of Aaron sprouted forth buds and bore ripe almonds
d. the stoning of Caleb

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16. Which of the following phrases is used as a synonym for the promised land?

a. a land flowing with milk and honey
b. a land of blood and tears
c. a land of hills and rivers
d. Palestine

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17. What was the sign of the covenant God made with Abraham and his descendants?

a. that Abraham must leave Ur of the Chaldeans
b. the birth of Ishmael
c. the circumcision of every male in his house and any of his descendants
d. the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah

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18. Where did Joshua send two men as spies?

a. Gilgal
b. Jericho
c. Lebanon
d. Shittim

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19. "Bring me a sword and divide the living child in two. . ."occurs in a story that illustrates which of the following?

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

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20. How many times did the seven priests, blowing rams horns, march around the city of Jericho?

a. One
b. Six
c. Seven
d. Twelve

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21. What book contains the following quotation: "In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes"?

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

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22. The 400 prophets of Asherah, Mount Carmel, and Ahab are parts of the story involving which of the following?

a. Elijah
b. Elisha
c. Jezreel
d. Micaiah son of Imlah

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23. Which of the following was a judge?

a. Deborah
b. Miriam
c. Naomi
d. Ruth

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24. "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!" Who spoke these words?

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

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25. Who was the father of Obed, "the father of Jesse, the father of David"?

a. Boaz
b. Hezron
c. Perez
d. Ram

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26. "I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite." Who spoke these words?

a. Ahasuerus to Esther
b. Jezebel to Ahab
c. Samson to Delilah
d. Saul to David

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27. What judge, "a Nazirite to God from birth," would "begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines"?

a. Ehud
b. Gideon
c. Jephthah
d. Samson

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

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

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29. Who was king when a "book of the law" was found during temple repairs?

a. Ahab
b. Joash
c. Josiah
d. Solomon

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30. Which prophet refused to eat the food of the Babylonian king while living at the Babylonian court?

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

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31. Which book contains the vision of a new covenant to be written on the hearts of God's people?

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

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32. "As I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God." To which prophet does this refer?

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

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33. In which prophetic book does the following quotation appear: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder"?

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

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

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

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35. "I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who can make known to the king the interpretation." Regarding which prophet was this statement made?

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

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

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

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37. 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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38. Which prophet declared: "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"?

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

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39. Which prophet complained that God seduced him, overpowered him, and made him the butt of everyone's jokes?

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

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40. What was Nehemiah commissioned to do?

a. Raise an army to attack Sanballat
b. Rebuild the temple
c. Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem
d. Take the title of King of Israel

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41. Which book contains the following quotation: "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. Ezekiel
b. Daniel
c. Jonah
d. Micah

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42. Which prophet was thrown overboard by shipmates because the prophet told them the stormy sea had come about because of him?

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

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43. Which book contains the following quotation: "I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' Then I said, 'Here am I! Send me'"?

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

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44. Which prophet said that 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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45. Which prophet was commanded, "Son of man, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel"?

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

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46. Which prophetic book envisions a future in which "your sons and daughters shall prophesy, 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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47. Which prophet was in prison during the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem?

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

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48. Which of the following completes the quotation from Proverbs: "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word . . ."?

a. accomplishes much
b. captures attention
c. enjoys obedience
d. stirs up anger

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49. Which of the following completes the quotation from Proverbs: "A good name is to be chosen rather than . . ."?

a. acclaim of kings
b. great riches
c. high position
d. soundness of body

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50. "There was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them." In which book are these works written?

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

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51. Which of the following completes the quotation from Proverbs: "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will . . ."?

a. learn the ways of God
b. not depart from it
c. not lack for friends
d. praise you

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52. Which of the following completes the quotation from Psalms: "For as high as the heaven is above the earth . . ."?

a. He has not dealt with us according to our sins
b. so great is his steadfast love toward those that fear him
c. so the Lord remembers that we are dust
d. the Lord works vindications and justice for all whoare oppressed

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53. "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." Which book contains these words?

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

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54. What book contains "a time for every matter under heaven"?

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

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55. Which of the following completes the challenge of Satan to God regarding Job: ". . . put forth thy hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will . . ."?

a. be made whole
b. curse thee to thy face
c. proclaim they presence
d. question thy mercy

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56. Which of the following completes the quotation from Proverbs: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of . . ."?

a. blessing
b. humility
c. wisdom
d. worship

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57. Which of the following completes the quotation from Psalms: "God is our refuge and strength . . ."?

a. A very present help in trouble
b. Be still and know that I am God
c. The Lord of hosts is with us
d. The God of Jacob is our refuge

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58. Which two of Jesus' disciples were sons of Zebedee?

a. James and John
b. Peter and John
c. Simon and Andrew
d. Simon and James

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59. According to Luke, what happened to Jesus after he preached in the synagogue of Nazareth?

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

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60. Which of the following teachings is not found in Matthew?

a. "Blessed are the poor in spirit."
b. "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church."
c. "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites."
d. "Remember Lot's wife."

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61. In what town or city did Jesus grow up?

a. Bethlehem
b. Capernaum
c. Jerusalem
d. Nazareth

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

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63. What region was home base for Jesus' ministry?

a. Galilee
b. Judaea
c. Peraea
d. Samaria

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

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

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65. What did the woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years believe would bring about her healing?

a. persuading the disciples to help her
b. standing in Jesus' shadow when he walked past
c. stepping into the pool of Bethsaida
d. touching Jesus' clothing

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66. What was Gethsemane?

a. A hill where Jesus was crucified
b. A valley where garbage was burned
c. A garden where Jesus prayed
d. A village where Jesus borrowed a colt

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67. According to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, what did Jesus do just after he was baptized?

a. he called the twelve disciples
b. he returned to Galilee
c. he returned to Nazareth to tell his family
d. he went into the wilderness [to be tempted]

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68. When asked which commandment is greatest, Jesus answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." What did he say was the second commandment?

a. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
b. "You shall not make for yourself a graven image."
c. "You shall have no other gods before me."
d. "Honor your father and your mother."

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69. Which of the following correctly completes the statement: "For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve . . ."?

a. and to build his church
b. and to heal the sick and cast out demons
c. and to give his life as a ransom for many
d. and to teach the ways of God

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70. How is the following saying of Jesus completed: "And I tell you, you are Peter . . ."?

a. and on this rock I will build my church
b. and before the cock crows you will deny me three times
c. and I will make you fish for people
d. so watch here while I go and pray

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71. Who was John the Baptist?

a. a disciple of Jesus
b. a prophet sent from Elijah
c. the one who came to bear witness to the light
d. the one who was with God from the beginning

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72. 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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73. Which of the following does not occur in Revelation?

a. letters to seven churches
b. a vision of a woman clothed with the sun
c. a vision of four horsemen
d. a vision of Jesus with Moses and Elijah

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74. What special favor did Mary and Martha ask from Jesus?

a. to care for them in their old age
b. to celebrate Passover in their house
c. to heal their brother, Lazarus
d. to sit at Jesus' feet

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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.'" What book contains these words?

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

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76. What did John say when he saw Jesus coming to be baptized?

a. "Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."
b. "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people."
c. "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace. . . for mine eyes have seen thy salvation."
d. "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."

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77. What book or letter contains an account of the day of Pentecost?

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

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78. Who was struck dead after trying to deceive Peter by hiding some of the money from the sale of a piece of property?

a. Ananias and Sapphira
b. Aquila and Priscilla
c. Barnabas
d. Lydia

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79. "Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift and through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus." In which of the following is this statement a theme?

a. Paul's letter to Rome
b. Paul's sermon at Mars Hill
c. Peter's sermon at Pentecost
d. Stephen's sermon

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80. Which of the following baptized the "Ethiopian eunuch"?

a. Barnabas
b. Peter
c. Philip
d. Stephen

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81. Who was on his way to Damascus when he heard a voice that said, "Why do you persecute me?"

a. Barnabas
b. Peter
c. Philip
d. Saul

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82. Paul's statement, "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love" characterizes his exhortations in what letter?

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

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83. How does Paul answer the question, "Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?"?

a. By no means. How can we who died to sin still live in it?
b. Christians must still obey the law.
c. Go ahead, sin boldly, grace will abound.
d. Love covers a multitude of sins.

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84. "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." From which letter does this quotation come?

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

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

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

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86. Which letter contains the following quotation: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice"?

a. Romans
b. 2 Corinthians
c. Ephesians
d. Philippians

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87. Which letter contains this quotation: "So faith, hope, love abide, these three: but the greatest of these is love"?

a. 1 Corinthians
b. Ephesians
c. Philippians
d. Colossians

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88. In Romans, why did Paul say that he was not ashamed of the Gospel?

a. because it came from the risen Lord
b. because it is the power of God for salvation
c. because he had Roman citizenship
d. because he was trained under Gamaliel

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89. Who was the first Christian martyr?

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

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90. In 2 Corinthians, what words conclude the following sentence: "If any one is in Christ, he is . . .?

a. a child of God
b. a fellow heir with Christ
c. a friend of God
d. a new creation

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91. In the first chapter of Acts, what words complete Jesus' commission to the apostles: "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and . . . "

a. lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age
b. peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you
c. this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you
d. you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in allJudea and Samaria and to the end of the earth

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92. In 2 Timothy, we are told that "all scripture is inspired by God" and that it is profitable for what?

a. praying
b. preaching
c. teaching
d. worship

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93. Where were the disciples called Christians for the first time?

a. Antioch
b. Caesarea
c. Damascus
d. Jerusalem

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94. What book contains the following quotation: "'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'"?

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

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95. Why does the author of Hebrews find Melchizedek to be so important?

a. as a Gentile, he represents the mission to the Gentiles
b. like Jesus, he suffered for the sins of others
c. he is a type of Jesus' priestly work
d. he is one of the Old Testament people who wasraised from the dead

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96. In one New Testament book, a forest set ablaze by a small fire and the rudder of a ship occur as images for which of the following?

a. the emotions
b. the heart
c. the mind
d. the tongue

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97. What words complete this statement about Christ in the book of Hebrews: "For because he himself has suffered and been tempted . . ."?

a. He is able to help those who are tempted
b. He is seated at the right hand of God
c. He was raised in glory
d. He was triumphant over sin and death

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98. What book contains the following quotation: "Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you"?

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

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

a. deeds
b. faith
c. hope
d. love

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100. Which epistle contains the following quotation, ". . . show me your faith apart from your work and I by my works will show you my faith"?

a. 2 Timothy
b. Titus
c. Philemon
d. James

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