1995 Bible Content Exam

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1. In the book of Genesis, God's promise to Abraham follows most closely on which story?

a. the creation
b. the flood
c. the murder of Abel
d. the Tower of Babel

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2. With what were Abraham and David both closely associated?

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

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3. Why did Jacob receive the blessing from Isaac meant for Esau?

a. because he obeyed Rebekah
b. because he prepared an acceptable sacrifice
c. because he was totally honest
d. because Isaac preferred him over Esau

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

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

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5. Who was the spouse of Jacob?

a. Dinah
b. Miriam
c. Rachel
d. Rebekah

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6. "I will not let you go, unless you bless me," was said by whom?

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

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7. Who said: "Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good..."?

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

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8. The Pharaoh's order that the slaves had to provide their own straw for brickmaking was a reaction to what?

a. Moses' act of murder and his flight
b. Death of his first-born son
c. the request to go into the wilderness for a feast day
d. turning the water into blood

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9. The feast celebrating the flight of the Hebrews from Egypt is called what?

a. Booths
b. Ingathering
c. Jubilee
d. Passover

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10. Where was Manna first given?

a. Damascus
b. Egypt
c. Jericho
d. Wilderness of Sin

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11. "Three times in the year you shall hold a festival for me". The three feasts are: Weeks (or the harvest of the first fruits), Booths (or the feast of the ingathering), and which of the following?

a. Day of Atonement
b. Hanukkah
c. Jubilee
d. Unleavened Bread

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12. When Moses delayed coming down from Sinai what happened?

a. Aaron made a molten calf
b. Aaron waited patiently
c. the people began to leave
d. the people made a molten calf

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13. To whom were the laws in Leviticus delivered?

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

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14. 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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15. "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace" may be found in which of the following?

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

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16. God denied Moses permission to accompany the Israelites into the promised land because Moses had done which of the following?

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

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17. Moses views the promised land but is told he will not go there in which of the following books?

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

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18. The story of the Israelite defeat of Canaan is narrated in which book?

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

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19. Where did Joshua send two men as spies?

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

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

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

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21. In the time of Joshua Israel was defeated at Ai because Achan had done which of the following?

a. failed to break his pot at the appointed time
b. had a superior force in chariots
c. mistook the smoke signal and retreated
d. took some of the devoted things after the fall of Jericho

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

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

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23. Why did Joshua gather the tribes of Israel at Shechem?

a. to begin a census
b. to conscript some of the men for the army
c. to establish a religious ritual
d. to make a covenant with them

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24. Which individual was Deborah's general?

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

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25. "The stars fought from heaven, from their courses they fought against Sisera." This famous war song tells of the defeat and death of Sisera who was a commander of which of the following?

a. a Canaanite army during the period of the Judges
b. Absolom's forces in the rebellion against David
c. an Amorite force defeated by Joshua
d. Saul's army, defeated by David

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26. 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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27. Who was the first king of the Northern Kingdom (Israel), the one whose sins were said to have been repeated by every king of Israel who followed him?

a. Ahab
b. Hezekiah
c. Jehu
d. Jeroboam

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28. Ahab was most closely associated with which group?

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

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29. "As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them" and one of them "ascended in a whirlwind into heaven." Who was carried up into heaven?

a. Daniel
b. Elijah
c. Elisha
d. Enoch

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30. What did Saul do to make Samuel turn against him?

a. claimed to be king despite Samuel's opposition
b. failed to destroy the Amalekites completely
c. refused to acknowledge David
d. refused to acknowledge Yahweh

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31. "Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem," is found in which of the following?

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

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32. 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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33. Which book contains the following quotation: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed"?

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

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34. "Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, 'Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.'" Where is this statement found?

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

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35. In what book does the image of the potter and his clay symbolize God and his people?

a. Jeremiah
b. Daniel
c. Hosea
d. Obadiah

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36. Counsel to submit to the yoke of the king of Babylon was given by which of the following?

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

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37. 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. Haggai
c. Joel
d. Zechariah

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38. 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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39. Which book contains the following quotation: 'And he said to me, 'O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you...I am sending 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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40. 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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41. Who was the interpreter of Nebuchadnezar's dreams?

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

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42. Marital infidelity provided a basis for the prophetic message of which of the following?

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

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43. Which words from the Lord were spoken to Hosea the prophet?

a. "Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near."
b. "He said to me, Mortal, can these bones live?"
c. The Lord said, "Go, take yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom."
d. "I take no delight in your solemn assemblies."

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44. Which book contains the following: "Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions'?

a. Joel
b. Jonah
c. Habakkuk
d. Malachi

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45. "I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies... But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream." Where does this appear?

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

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46. What was Jonah's message to Nineveh?

a. a threat of destruction if they did not repent
b. a warning to flee from the wrath to come
c. an offer of forgiveness if they would repent
d. an announcement that the city will be overthrown

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47. Which book contains all of the following: Samaria and Jerusalem will fall, Zion will be restored, and that a Ruler will come from Bethlehem?

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

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

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

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

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

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50. How is the following saying which occurs in Psalms 14 and 53 completed: Fools say in their hearts, 'There is no ..."?

a. God
b. justice
c. mercy
d. salvation

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51. Which of the following completes the quotation from Psalms: For as the heavens are high above the earth...?

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

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52. "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!" is found in which book?

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

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53. "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and there we wept" is followed in the Biblical text by what line?

a. I have set my king in Zion.
b. Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
c. When we remembered Zion.
d. Why do the nations conspire and the people plot in vain?

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54. With what are the last six psalms of the Psalter concerned?

a. deliverance from evil people
b. the love of the law
c. the praise of God
d. the smiting of Israel's enemies

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55. "But again, this also was vanity." This sentiment is characteristic of which book?

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

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

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

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58. Which gospel or gospels open with a genealogy?

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

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59. When the angel appeared to Joseph, he told him to name the child Jesus, because:

a. he is the Iamb of God
b. he is the Light of the World
c. he will be called the Son of the Most High
d. he will save his people from their sins

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60. Who asked the question: "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?"

a. Andrew
b. Herod
c. John the Baptist
d. Martha

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61. What one sign did Jesus promise the people?

a. the hungry are fed and the sick healed
b. the dead are raised
c. the sign of Jonah
d. the sign of the cross

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62. Which is the only miracle reported in all four Gospels?

a. feeding the multitudes
b. healing of blind Bartimaeus
c. healing of the ten lepers
d. walking on water

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63. "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church" is found in which of the following?

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

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

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

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

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66. 'Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour' is the conclusion to which parable?

a. the fig tree
b. the talents
c. the ten virgins
d. the wicked tenants

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67. Who said, 'Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs'?

a. Judas
b. Mary Magdalene
c. Peter
d. Syrophoenician woman

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68. What was Gethsemane?

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

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69. What gospel reports the young man fleeing from the arrest of Jesus?

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

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70. How does Luke's Gospel begin?

a. 'An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah...'
b. 'In the beginning was the Word...'
c. 'Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us...'
d. 'The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ...'

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71. Which gospel contains the parable of the "Good Samaritan"?

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

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

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

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73. What book contains passages describing the role and function of the Paraclete or Advocate?

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

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74. Who said, 'What is truth?'

a. Jesus
b. Peter
c. Pilate
d. the rich young man

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75. What does the closing verse of John's gospel declare?

a. A second book will be written, dealing with the history of the church
b. Jesus did so many things, the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
c. No one should add to or take away from anything in the book.
d. Whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's soul from death.

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76. Which book is addressed to a man name Theophilus?

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

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77. In the first chapter of Acts, what words complete Jesus' commission to the apostles: "But you will 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 will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

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78. The people gathered in the upper room after Jesus was lifted up into heaven included which of the following?

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

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79. After the apostles were arrested by the Jerusalem authorities and beaten for refusing to cease teaching in the name of Jesus, the book of Acts tells us: 'As they left the council, they rejoiced...' for what reason?

a. that day by day the Lord added to their number
b. that the Lord gave them power to testify to the gospel
c. that the Lord had set them free
d. that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name

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

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

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81. 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 are the temple of the living God
c. they all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
d. they have this treasure in earthen vessels

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82. In Romans, Paul sets one man, Jesus Christ, who brought the free gift of grace and eternal life, in contrast with what other man?

a. Abraham
b. Adam
c. David
d. Melchizedek

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83. Which book says: '...has God rejected his people? By no means!'?

a. John
b. Romans
c. 2 Corinthians
d. Hebrews

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84. Paul's instructions, 'If you are hungry, eat at home' pertains to which of the following?

a. conditioning for the trip to Corinth
b. eating of food offered to idols
c. preparation for a Jewish festival
d. the Lord's Supper

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85. Which letter contains this quotation: 'And now faith, hope, and love abide these three; and the greatest of these is love'?

a. 1 Corinthians
b. Philippians
c. Colossians
d. 2 Corinthians

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86. In 2 Corinthians Paul asserts that Christ was made sin for us so that we might be what?

a. glorified
b. justified
c. reconciled
d. sanctified

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87. 'For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.' Where is this found?

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

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88. Which book contains the following: 'Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her'?

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

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

a. 2 Corinthians
b. Galatians
c. Ephesians
d. 1 Thessalonians 4

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91. Which words best describe the special message of the book of Hebrews concerning the death of Christ?

a. a ransom to set us free
b. both priest and sacrifice
c. breaking down the dividing wall of hostility
d. suffering servant

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92. Which book calls Jesus our faith's pioneer and perfecter?

a. Acts
b. Romans
c. 2 Corinthians
d. Hebrews

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93. "If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,' and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?" is typical of the argument of what book?

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

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94. The tongue is equated with a fire in which of the following?

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

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95. 'But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light' occurs in what book?

a. James
b. 1 Peter
c. 1 John
d. Jude 16

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96. 'So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you.... speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand' is found in which of the following?

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

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97. 'Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.' This occurs in which of the following?

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

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98. 'Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God... Whoever does not love does not know God; for God is love' occurs in which book?

a. James
b. I Peter
c. I John
d. Revelation

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99. "'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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100. Which event occurs earliest in the book of Revelation?

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

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