2001 Bible Content Exam

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1. According to the first creation story in Genesis, who or what was created last?

a. the woman, out of man's side
b. the garden of Eden, in the east
c. men and women in God's image
d. the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

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2. "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" is found in which of the following?

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

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

a. the sin of Adam and Eve
b. the flood
c. the murder of Abel
d. the Tower of Babel

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4. According to the story in Numbers, 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 God's instructions concerning the building of the tabernacle
c. failed to follow God's instructions in bringing water out of a rock
d. fathered children who were unfaithful to God

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5. Which of the following statements is true about Edom?

a. It is the land north of Moab in the Transjordan.
b. It is associated with Jacob's brother Esau.
c. It was cursed by Balaam.
d. It is the country where Laban lived.

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

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

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

a. Rachel
b. Zipporah
c. Miriam
d. Lot's wife

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

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

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9. Who took Sarah as wife?

a. Abraham, the Egyptian Pharaoh, and Abimelech
b. the Egyptian Pharaoh, Isaac, and Abimelech
c. Abraham and Terah
d. Haran and, when he died, Abraham

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10. Who said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me"?

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

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

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

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

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

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13. Where was Manna first given?

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

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14. 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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15. Who was married to Jacob?

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

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16. 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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17. A hairy hand, some savory food, and smelly garments are part of which story?

a. Isaac's efforts to gain a blessing from Abraham
b. Ishmael's efforts to gain a blessing from Abraham
c. Jacob's efforts to gain a blessing from Isaac
d. Joseph's efforts to gain a blessing from Isaac

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18. In which books does the prophet Elijah appear?

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

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

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

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20. What are the priests called who helped Ezra in teaching the people?

a. Nazirites
b. Rechabites
c. Sons of Korah
d. Levites

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21. Over which country was Ahab king?

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

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22. 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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23. Which tribe of Israel received cities located within the territories of other tribes?

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

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24. 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. Solomon
d. Jeroboam

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25. What did Elijah do for a widow of Zarephath?

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

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26. What book contains the following quotation: "In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes"?

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

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27. 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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28. Who led 300 men with trumpets, empty jars, and torches against Midian?

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

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29. In what book do "Bethlehem", "Naomi", and "barley harvest" all play a role?

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

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30. Which prophet said that David would never lack an heir to sit upon the throne in Jerusalem?

a. Ahijah
b. Deborah
c. Elijah
d. Nathan

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31. Which book contains all of the following prophecies: the fall of Samaria and Jerusalem, Zion's restoration, and a ruler coming from Bethlehem?

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

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

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

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33. Which book contains the following quotation: "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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34. 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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35. Which of the following groups of prophets were active in Judah before the exile?

a. Ezekiel, Micah, and Hosea
b. Isaiah, Zephaniah, and Jeremiah
c. Zechariah, Malachi, and Amos
d. Joel, Obadiah, and Haggai

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36. Which prophets spoke to audiences in the Northern Kingdom of Israel?

a. Amos and Elijah
b. Elisha and Jeremiah
c. Nahum and Isaiah
d. Hezekiah and Abijah

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37. Who 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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38. Which prophet counseled a king to submit to the yoke of Babylon?

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

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39. In which book do the following words appear: "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 ever-flowing stream"?

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

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40. To whom was the following said by God: "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"?

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

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

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

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42. Which book contains the call of a prophet?

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

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43. Who interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dreams?

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

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44. Which prophet was commanded by God to "go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom"?

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

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45. By which river did Ezekiel sit among the exiles?

a. Tigris
b. Euphrates
c. Chebar
d. Jordan

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

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

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47. In the book of Daniel, how were the words MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN conveyed?

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

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48. "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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49. 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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50. In which book is the following quotation found: "There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil"?

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

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51. "By the rivers of Babylon--there we sat down and there we wept" is followed immediately by what words?

a. in the presence of our enemies.
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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52. In the book of Proverbs, who is described as "far more precious than jewels"?

a. a capable wife
b. an obedient daughter
c. Solomon's mother
d. Zion

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53. In Psalms 14 and 53, how is the following saying completed: "Fools say in their hearts, 'There is no ...'"?

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

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54. Which book contains the following statement: "A human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps"?

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

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55. 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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56. According to Proverbs, who was created "at the beginning of God's work, the first of God's acts of long ago"?

a. Eve
b. spirit
c. Adam
d. wisdom

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57. "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone" is found in which of the following?

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

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

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

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59. When Jesus interpreted the parable of the sower in Mark, he said that the sower was sowing which of the following?

a. mustard seed
b. seeds of kindness
c. tares among the wheat
d. the word

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60. According to Mark and Matthew, what did Jesus say from the cross?

a. "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."
b. "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."
c. "I am thirsty."
d. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

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61. Who said, "What is truth?"

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

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62. 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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63. According to Matthew 3, John baptized with water. With what would 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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64. 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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65. According to Mark, who said, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs"?

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

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66. To what do the parables of leaven, wheat and tares, hidden treasure, and the dragnet all refer?

a. instruction given to the seventy
b. the end of the world
c. the kingdom of heaven
d. the second coming

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67. Which Gospel concludes with this exhortation of the risen Christ to his disciples: "Stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high"?

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

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68. According to Mark, what did the angel say to the women at the empty tomb?

a. "Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you."
b. "Tell Mary, Jesus's mother, to wait at the tomb until Jesus appears to her."
c. "Wait in Jerusalem until Jesus appears to Mary his mother."
d. "Wait in Jerusalem, where Jesus will appear first to Peter, then to the twelve, and then to the whole company of disciples."

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69. 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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70. In Matthew, why did the angel tell Joseph to name the child Jesus?

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

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71. 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's feet

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72. "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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73. When did Jesus say, "for all who take the sword will perish by the sword"?

a. at his arrest
b. at his entry into Jerusalem
c. at his trial
d. at the last supper

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74. Which gospel or gospels open with a genealogy?

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

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75. 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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76. Which of the following statements best summarizes Paul's discussion of Abraham in his letter to the Romans?

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

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77. 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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78. 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 that as they left the council, they rejoiced. Why did they rejoice?

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

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79. In Galatians, which of the following women illustrate a point in Paul's argument?

a. Euodia and Syntyche
b. Mary and Martha
c. Tryphaena and Tryphosa
d. Hagar and Sarah

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80. "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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81. In which chapter does Paul emphasize the "election" of God's people?

a. Romans 9
b. 1 Corinthians 15
c. Philippians 2
d. 1 Thessalonians 4

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82. Under intense persecution, Paul says in Philippians that "living is Christ." What, then, is dying?

a. gain
b. God
c. loss
d. Satan

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

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

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85. Who was Onesimus?

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

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86. The following passage is often used as a Declaration of Pardon in worship: "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!" Where is it found?

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

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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. 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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89. Widows figure prominently in the discussion in which of the following letters?

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

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90. Paul's words in 1 Corinthians concerning the excellence of love come in the midst of a discussion concerning what?

a. marriage
b. salvation of the gentiles
c. spiritual gifts
d. the resurrection of Christ

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

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

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

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

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93. 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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94. "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

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95. "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 writing?

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

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96. 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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97. "So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 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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98. 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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99. How is the following passage from 1 John completed? "If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins...

a. and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."
b. and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins."
c. by the blood of the cross."
d. if we love him and keep his commandments."

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100. 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 eternal fire"?

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

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