1996 Bible Content Exam

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1. In Genesis, what does God promise Abraham?

a. guidance and protection
b. land and progeny
c. lineage in government
d. wealth and land

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2. Which of the following events occurred first?

a. Jacob dreams about angels ascending and descending at Bethel
b. Jacob serves Laban seven years
c. Jacob steals his brother's blessing
d. Jacob wrestles with the man at the Jabbok

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

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

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5. What did Jethro do?

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

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6. Which of these statements about circumcision in Genesis is true?

a. it was required of Abraham as a prerequisite to receiving God's promise
b. it was required of Abraham as a sign of the covenant
c. it was required of Noah
d. it was not mentioned in Genesis

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

a. "You shall have no other Gods before me"
b. "You shall love the Lord you God with all your heart, and with all yoursoul, and with all your might"
c. "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test"
d. "You shall remember all the ways which the Lord your God has led you"

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8. The city of Nahor, a water jar, and Isaac involve which of the following:

a. Hagar
b. Leah
c. Rebekah
d. Sarah

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9. Which of these events is not from the life of Abraham?

a. the defeat of a coalition of kings
b. the promise of a son in old age
c. the 'sacrifice' of Isaac
d. working seven years for a wife

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10. The year of Jubilee, in Leviticus 25, is to be observed for what purpose?

a. to assure Israel that the last days were near
b. to celebrate victory
c. to enable each family to return to its property
d. to make special offerings at the sanctuary

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11. Who was an optimistic speaker for the spies who went to Canaan?

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

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

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

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13. "The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other" was spoken by:

a. Aaron
b. Cain
c. Joseph
d. Laban

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

a. burnt offering
b. grain offering
c. love offering
d. sin offering

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15. In the Gospel narrative of Jesus' temptation, Jesus answers each temptation by citing from which of the following?

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

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16. With which of the following is Peniel associated?

a. Book of the Covenant
b. scapegoat
c. Tyre
d. wrestling match

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17. Keeping the Passover is commanded in which of the following?

a. Exodus
b. Leviticus
c. Deuteronomy
d. all of these

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18. What was David's reaction to the death of Saul?

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

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19. Which king is associated with religious reform and reintroduction of the book of the law?

a. Josiah
b. Manasseh
c. Rehoboam
d. Zedekiah

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20. Which king is associated with the return of Judah from Exile?

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

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

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

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22. What was Nehemiah's great achievement?

a. building the wall of Jerusalem
b. defeating the Samaritans in battle
c. restoring the monarchy
d. teaching the law to the returning exiles

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23. "...choose this day whom you will serve...: but as for me and my household, we will service the Lord"

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

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24. As Israel became a monarchy, how was Samuel involved?

a. he anointed David to be their king
b. he anointed Saul to be their king
c. he told them that to want a king was to reject the Lord
d. all of these

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25. Elijah the prophet was a contemporary with which ruler?

a. Ahab
b. Ahaz
c. Amon
d. Asa

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

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

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

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

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29. "Then the Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and worshiped the Baals; and they abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors..." This comment appears in which of the following books?

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

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30. Omri built which city, which became capital of the Northern Kingdom from his time until the end?

a. Salem
b. Samaria
c. Sharon
d. Shechem

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31. Who had a vision of jour great beasts whose power is broken, while "the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever-forever and ever"?

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

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32. The book of Jonah is the story of which of the following?

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

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33. Which prophetic book develops its main themes around the imagery of marriage between God and Israel?

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

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

a. "Be fruitful and multiply"
b. "They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain"
c. "Wild oxen shall fall with them, and young steers with the mighty bulls"
d. "You have given them dominion of the works of your hands"

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35. Which book opens with these words: "How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has 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. Habakkuk

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

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

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

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

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38. Which prophet justified his behavior by saying: "I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing"?

a. Joel
b. Jonah
c. Micah
d. Nahum

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39. Which prophet declared: "Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, 'When will the new moon be over so that we may...[buy] the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals'"

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

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40. "Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool." This is found in what book?

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

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41. Which book contains the following: "As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him"?

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

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42. Which of the following is not one of the shorter prophetic books?

a. Jonah
b. Obadiah
c. Zechariah
d. Zedekiah

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43. Which prophet said the following: "but the righteous live by their faith?"

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

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44. "But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah...from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule Israel." This expression is found in which of the following books?

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

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

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

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46. Who portrayed the siege of Jerusalem with a brick and an iron plate?

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

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47. "See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight..." is found in what book?

a. Daniel
b. Obadiah
c. Nahum
d. Malachi

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48. About whom is the following said: "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace"?

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

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49. Which statement of theme characterizes Psalm 91?

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

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50. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" is found in which of the following?

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

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51. "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it" is found in which of the following?

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

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52. In the book of Job, who says, "Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die"?

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

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53. "O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth" begins and ends the Psalm that also contains which of the following statements?

a. "May the Lord cut off all flattering lips".
b. "The enemy has vanished in everlasting ruin".
c. "The Lord is in his Holy Temple".
d. "What are human that you are mindful of them?"

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54. The Psalm which says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God" also contains which of these lines?

a. "O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise".
b. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
c. "How could we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?"
d. "Yet you have made them a little lower than God".

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55. Which of the following statements is found in Ecclesiastes?

a. "All this I have tested by wisdom; I said, 'I will be wise,' but it will be far from me."
b. "Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who reverts to his folly."
c. "Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary."
d. "Zion stretches out her hands, but there is no one to comfort her."

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56. "Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come..." is found in which of the following?

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

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57. "Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways" is found in which book?

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

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58. Where did the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well take place?

a. Galilee
b. Idumea
c. Judea
d. Samaria

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59. When the scribes claimed that Jesus was casting out demons by the power of Beelzebul, what did Jesus reply?

a. "How can Satan cast out Satan?"
b. "I must be in my Father's house."
c. "Now is the day of salvation."
d. "The Father and I are one."

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60. Who said, "Truly this man was God's Son!"?

a. a centurion
b. Nicodemus
c. one of the scribes
d. Paul

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61. In which Gospels are the Beatitudes found?

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

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62. After the paralytic was lowered through the rooftop of the house in Capernaum, how did Jesus respond?

a. he asked the disciples what they would do
b. he asked who had brought the man
c. he ignored the man
d. he said, "Your sins are forgiven."

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63. In the question which the Sadducees presented to Jesus concerning the seven brothers, all of whom had been married to the same woman, what was the issue?

a. brotherly love
b. divorce
c. polygamy
d. resurrection

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64. "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." To whom were these words addressed?

a. Mary Magdalene
b. Mary the mother of Jesus
c. the woman at the well
d. the woman caught in adultery

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65. According to John's Gospel, who was the first to see the risen Lord?

a. James
b. Mary Magdalene
c. Mary of Bethany
d. Peter

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66. About whom did Jesus say that their action would be remembered wherever the good news is proclaimed?

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

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

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

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68. "For many are called, but few are chosen" come at the conclusion of which parable?

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

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69. When Jesus touched the blind man at Bethsaida, what did the man say?

a. "Can a blind person lead a blind person? You are the Messiah."
b. "I can see people, but they look like trees, walking."
c. "Master, now you are dismissing you servant in peace."
d. "Never has anything like this been seen in Israel."

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70. Which disciple was known as "The Zealot"?

a. Andrew
b. James
c. Nathaniel
d. Simon

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71. Jesus said that Moses permitted divorce because of what reason?

a. God's mercy
b. the imperfection of the old law
c. the need for a man to have children
d. you were so hard-hearted

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72. Who said, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!"?

a. a leper
b. a tax collector
c. Judas
d. Peter

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73. Which of the following Gospels speaks of Jesus' driving the money changers out of the temple at the beginning of his ministry?

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

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74. Mary's song, "My soul magnifies the Lord" includes the following to lines: "He has filled the hungry with good things" and what other line?

a. and of his kingdom there will be no end
b. and sent the rich away empty
c. he has raised up a mighty savior for us
d. and has remembered his holy covenant

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75. Of whom did Jesus say "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!"?

a. John
b. Matthew
c. Nathanael
d. Nicodemus

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76. After his conversation with the Ethiopian eunuch, what did Philip do?

a. he ate with him
b. he baptized him
c. he introduced him to other Christians
d. he took him to the temple

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77. 1 Timothy contains which of the following?

a. advice concerning widows
b. advice for the bishop
c. advice for deacons
d. all of these

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78. Which book addresses problems created by people not doing any work because they anticipated the Second Coming of Jesus?

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

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79. By whom are the sermons in Acts preached?

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

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80. Simon, who practiced magic in Samaria, tried to do which of the following?

a. burn his own books
b. buy the power to bestow the Spirit
c. convince Philip of his error
d. go with Saul on his travels

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81. What chapter includes references to the self-humbling of Christ and his subsequent glorification?

a. Romans 13
b. 1 Corinthians 12
c. Galatians 5
d. Philippians 2

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82. Where is the following found: "We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose"?

a. Romans 8
b. 2 Corinthians 6
c. Galatians 5
d. Ephesians 5

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83. "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" is found in which book?

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

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84. Which of the following is a major theme of Galatians?

a. circumcision is not a necessary mark of Christian identity
b. Paul's impending trip to Rome
c. the offering for the church in Jerusalem
d. the resurrection of Christ

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85. Which of these themes may be said to be characteristic of Ephesians?

a. defense of Paul's authority
b. dissension in the church
c. explanation of the Second Coming
d. unity in Christ

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86. The Christ hymn that begins "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation" is found in what book?

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

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87. In which city was Paul stoned?

a. Athens
b. Cyprus
c. Jerusalem
d. Lystra

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88. Where does Paul cite these words as being "of first importance": "that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures"?

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

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89. "This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus" is found in what book?

a. Philippians
b. 1 Thessalonians
c. James
d. Peter

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90. Which book contains the following: "'All things are lawful for me,' but not all things are beneficial. 'All things are lawful for me,' but I will not be dominated by anything"?

a. Acts
b. 1 Corinthians
c. 2 Corinthians
d. Ephesians

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91. 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 on of the Old Testament people who was raised from the dead

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92. Revelation contains all but which of the following?

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

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93. The statement "God is love" is found in which of the following?

a. Ephesians
b. James
c. 1 John
d. Revelation

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94. "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?" appears in the argument for what book?

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

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95. Which book contains the following: "Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house..."?

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

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96. According to 1 John, to deny that we have sinned makes God which of the following?

a. a liar
b. angry
c. unfaithful
d. unrighteous

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97. "I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot...So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth." To which church does this refer?

a. Laodicea
b. Pergamum
c. Philadelphia
d. Sardis

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98. Which of the following two cities are mentioned by name in Revelation?

a. Athens and Jerusalem
b. Babylon and Jerusalem
c. Babylon and Nineveh
d. Jerusalem and Rome

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99. "Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds" is found in which book?

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

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100. Which book contains the following statement concerning healing: "They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick...

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

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