1994 Bible Content Exam

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1. Which of the following was not a son of Noah?

a. Ham
b. Japheth
c. Seth
d. Shem

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2. Who was Ishmael's mother?

a. Hagar
b. Hannah
c. Rebekkah
d. Zipporah

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3. What happened to Jacob when he wrestled with a man at the river Jabbok?

a. He dreamed about a ladder
b. He escaped from Esau
c. He received a new name
d. He was circumcised

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4. What was the sign of God's covenant with Noah?

a. Circumcision
b. A dove
c. An olive branch
d. A rainbow

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5. What position was assigned to the Levites in the Israelites' camp?

a. Around the tabernacle of the covenant
b. Outside the camp
c. Between Judah and Reuben
d. Dispersed among the other tribes

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6. Who was sentenced to be a fugitive and a wanderer for killing his brother?

a. Abel
b. Cain
c. Esau
d. Lot

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7. Who was Moses' successor?

a. Aaron
b. Caleb
c. Eli
d. Joshua

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8. Which of the following was not a brother of Joseph?

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

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9. Which statement accurately describes Melchizedek?

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

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10. To whom was it said: "Look toward heaven, and count the stars, if you are able to count them... So shall your descendants be."?

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

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11. "Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea" is a quotation from which of the following?

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

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

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

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13. Moses was of which house?

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

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14. Which of the following is not one of the five prescribed offerings of Leviticus?

a. Burnt offering
b. Cereal offering
c. Love offering
d. Sin offering

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

a. Servants
b. Sojourners
c. Soldiers
d. Women

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16. Israelite law demanded scrupulous care in the treatment of the blood of slain 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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17. According to Leviticus, what happens to all who curse father or mother?

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

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18. When did Hannah sing a song of thanksgiving to God?

a. After Israel's victory over Midian
b. After the birth of Elkanah
c. After the birth of Samuel
d. After the birth of Sisera

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19. Which of the following was not an accomplishment of David?

a. He became King of Israel
b. He brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem
c. He built the Temple in Jerusalem
d. He triumphed over Goliath of the Philistines

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20. What did Elijah do for a widow of Zerephath during a great famine?

a. He baked her barley cakes
b. He caused it to rain
c. He helped her return to Israel
d. He revived the widow's son

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21. Who were separated from one another by a chariot and horses of fire?

a. Elijah and Elisha
b. Elijah and Isaiah
c. Ezekiel and Zechariah
d. Moses and Joshua

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22. Who said to David, "If I am still alive, show me the faithful love of the Lord; but if I die never cut off your faithful love from my house..."?

a. Absalom
b. Jonathon
c. Naomi
d. Solomon

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23. What evidence showed Samson to be a Nazirite from birth?

a. He made his home in Israel
b. He never cut his hair
c. He never left the land of Israel
d. He was stronger than everyone else

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24. "No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will not fail you or forsake you" was said by God to whom?

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

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

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

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26. Which enemy of the Hebrews did Samson fight?

a. Edomites
b. Gibeonites
c. Moabites
d. Philistines

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27. Who led a revolt against King David?

a. Absalom
b. Jeroboam
c. Nathan
d. Saul

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28. "If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy" is found in the story of which of the following?

a. Ahab
b. Hezekiah
c. Naaman
d. Nathan

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29. 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 fought against the Babylonians
d. He helped Solomon build the temple

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30. The decree of Cyrus regarding the reconstruction of the Jerusalem Temple may be found in which book?

a. 1 Kings
b. 2 Kings
c. Ezra
d. Daniel

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31. Which book contains the following prophecy: "a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace"?

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

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32. Which prophet is addressed by God as follows: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations"?

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

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33. Which of the following visions is narrated in the book of Ezekiel?

a. A basket of ripe figs placed at the temple altar
b. A valley of dry bones which spring to life when the prophet speaks to them
c. An angel riding a white horse
d. Locusts swarming over the farm land of Judah

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34. Which prophet preached God's judgment against Nineveh?

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

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35. How does the prophet Micah answer the questions: "What does the Lord require of you?"

a. "I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings."
b. "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream."
c. "Rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is graciousand merciful."
d. "To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."

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36. What foreigners who threatened Jerusalem were the subject of speeches of Isaiah?

a. Ammonites
b. Assyrians
c. Hittites
d. Medes

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37. In what book are the following found: "a shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse" "the lion shall eat straw" a child "shall play over the hole of the asp"?

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

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38. Which prophet was in Judah at the time of the fall of Jerusalem?

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

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39. Which book opens with these words: "How lonely sits the city that once 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 provinces has become a vassal."?

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

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40. Which book contains the following: "He brought me out by the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of dry bones."?

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

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41. Which prophet was commanded, "O mortal, 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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42. Regarding whom was the following said: "I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who can tell the king the interpretation"?

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

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43. Which passage appears in the book of Joel?

a. "Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall belike snow."
b. "Look, the young woman is with child and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel."
c. "The earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
d. "Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your youngmen shall see visions."

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44. This quotation appears in which prophet: "Then the Lord said, 'Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people and I am not your God."?

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

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45. Amos prophesied during the reign of which king of Israel?

a. David
b. Jeroboam II (son of Joash)
c. Manasseh
d. Solomon

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46. "For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteousness for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals" is found in which book?

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

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47. In which book do these characteristic 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. Jeremiah
b. Ezekiel
c. Hosea
d. Job

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48. "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" appears in which book?

a. Amos
b. Job
c. Joel
d. Jonah

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49. "Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it" comes from which book?

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

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50. Which book warns that adultery leads one "like an ox to the slaughter"?

a. Ecclesiastes
b. Lamentations
c. Proverbs
d. Song of Songs

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51. Where do we learn that "a wise child loves discipline"?

a. Job
b. 1 Samuel
c. Proverbs
d. Psalms

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52. "Better is a dry morsel with quite than a house full of feasting with strife" appears in which book?

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

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53. "I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety" appears in which book?

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

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54. "Let the day perish in which I was born, and the night that said, 'A man-child is conceived'... Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?" is found in which book?

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

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55. With what do the last five psalms all begin?

a. I call upon Thee, O Lord
b. I cry with my voice to the Lord
c. I will extol thee, my God and King
d. Praise the Lord

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56. "My child, keep your father's commandment, and do not forsake your mother's teaching" is found in which of the following?

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

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57. In which book does the following appear: "What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun?"

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

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58. According to Matthew 3, while John baptizes with water, with what will the one coming after him baptize?

a. The Holy Spirit and a sword
b. The Holy Spirit and fire
c. The Holy Spirit and the love of the Father
d. The Holy Spirit and truth

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59. In his teaching on the mountain in Matthew 5, which of the following does Jesus say about the law?

a. As Jesus increases, the law will decrease
b. He has come to abolish it
c. Not a letter, not a stroke will pass from the law until all is accomplished
d. The law applies only to the scribes and Pharisees

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60. In Matthew 12, what does Jesus say about the Son of Man and the sabbath?

a. The sabbath will outlast the Son of Man
b. The sabbath will pass away with the coming of the Son of Man
c. The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath
d. The Son of Man observes all the laws of the sabbath

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61. In misunderstanding Jesus' call to God from the cross, to whom did the bystanders think that he called?

a. Elijah
b. His mother
c. Jeremiah
d. Mary Magdalene

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62. Instead of unclean hands, what does Jesus say defiles a person?

a. A person's lack of faith
b. A person's parents
c. Demons
d. That which comes out of a person

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63. Who appeared with Jesus when he was transfigured on a high mountain?

a. Elijah and John the Baptist
b. Moses and David
c. Moses and Elijah
d. Peter and Andrew

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64. At the wedding at Cana, who remarked on the quality of the wine?

a. Jesus' mother
b. Other wedding guests
c. The chief steward
d. The disciples

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65. Who asked, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"

a. Nathanael
b. Nicodemus
c. Philip
d. Thomas

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66. In John's Gospel, who said, "You will never wash my feet"?

a. Judas
b. Peter
c. Philip
d. Thomas

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67. To whom did Jesus say, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband"?

a. A Samaritan woman
b. A woman of Nazareth
c. Mary, called Magdalene
d. Salome

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68. To whom does one of the slaves of the high priest ask, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?"

a. Joseph of Arimathea
b. Judas
c. Peter
d. Thomas

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69. Who said, "He must increase, but I must decrease"?

a. Andrew
b. John the Baptist
c. Peter
d. Pilate

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70. Who said, "Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?"

a. A Samaritan woman
b. Mary Magdalene
c. Nathaniel
d. Nicodemus

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71. In John's Gospel, who asked, "Why was the perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?"

a. Judas Iscariot
b. Martha
c. Nathanael
d. Philip

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72. Rather than naming him after his father, what did Elizabeth and Zechariah name their son?

a. Andrew
b. John
c. Levi
d. Peter

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73. Who climbed a tree in order to see Jesus?

a. Bartimaeus
b. Mary
c. Matthew
d. Zacchaeus

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

a. "Look, the 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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75. Who said: "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands... I will not believe..."?

a. Joseph of Arimathea
b. Mary Magdalene
c. Nathaniel
d. Thomas

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76. When Peter concluded his sermon on the day of Pentecost, what did he invite his hearers to do?

a. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved
b. Confess their sins and join the church
c. Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
d. Treat each other justly and share their possessions

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77. In what context did Paul quote from Greek poets?

a. His defense before the Emperor
b. His sermon in Antioch of Pisidia
c. His sermon in front of the Areopagus in Athens
d. His trial before the Proconsul Gallio

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78. In what letter does Paul say that "the greatest of these is love"?

a. Galatians
b. 1 Corinthians
c. Romans
d. 2 Corinthians

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79. According to Ephesians, how should husbands love their wives?

a. As Christ loves the church
b. As their wives love them
c. By giving them clothing without spot or wrinkle
d. By treating them fairly

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80. Where was Paul when he wrote to the church in Philippi?

a. At sea
b. In prison
c. Shipwrecked
d. Visiting Aquila and Priscilla

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81. What is the conclusion of this retrospective view of Paul's career: "I have fought the good fight..."

a. "...and Christ has given me the victory."
b. "...and my strength is made perfect in weakness."
c. "...I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
d. "...my head is bloody but unbowed."

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82. What word completes the following quotation: "And it was in __________ that the disciples were first called 'Christians'"?

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

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83. When the residents of Lystra thought Barnabas was Zeus and Paul was Hermes, what did Barnabas and Paul do?

a. Exhorted the local magistrate to calm the crowd
b. Left the city immediately
c. Refused to acknowledge they understood the local tongue
d. Tore their clothes and delivered a speech

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84. In the book of Acts, who was accused of speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God, defended himself with a speech making extensive use of the Old Testament, and was stoned?

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

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85. For the sake of which church did Paul collect offerings?

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

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

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

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88. Paul's recommendation to the unmarried in found in which of the following?

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

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89. When Paul wrote, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness" to what was he referring?

a. A quotation from the Gospels
b. A quotation from the Old Testament
c. What he had learned from the Lord about his thorn in the flesh
d. What he had learned from the Lord about the church

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90. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works, so that no one may boast" occurs in which book?

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

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91. According to Hebrews, why is Jesus able to sympathize with our weakness?

a. Because he has been tested as we are
b. Because he was poor as some of us are
c. Because he was rejected as we are
d. Because he understands us

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92. According to Hebrews, why is Jesus worthy of more glory than Moses?

a. Because he was God's messenger
b. Because he was God's prophet
c. Because he was God's servant
d. Because he was God's son

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93. According to Hebrews, which of the following is "the same yesterday and today and forever"?

a. Jesus Christ
b. Kingdom of God
c. New covenant
d. The law of God

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94. Where does the following quotation appear: "For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead"?

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

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95. Where does the following quotation appear: "Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline?"

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

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96. According to the letter of James, what is the one thing that no one can tame?

a. Ambition
b. Anger
c. Lust
d. The tongue

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97. According to 1 Peter, what is the appropriate response when one suffers as a Christian?

a. To endure
b. To pray
c. To rejoice
d. To thank God

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98. Where does the following appear: "Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of fire"?

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

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99. Which of the following quotations appears in Hebrews?

a. "Be hospitable to one another without complaining."
b. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
c. "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation..."
d. "With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day."

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100. "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?" This quotation is from which of the following writings?

a. Galatians
b. Ephesians
c. Hebrews
d. James

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