2002 Bible Content Exam

All Biblical quotations have been taken from the NRSV

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1. In which book is the following saying found: "You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy"?

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

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2. According to Genesis 2, in which order were the following created?

a. lights, plants, sea creatures, men and women
b. plants, animals, the man, the woman
c. the man, the garden of Eden, the woman, the serpent
d. the man, the garden of Eden, the animals, the woman

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3. In the book of Deuteronomy, which statement follows this command: "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 your God with all your heart, and with all your souls, 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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4. Abel was

a. a tiller of the ground
b. a keeper of sheep
c. a murderer
d. a player of the lyre and pipe

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5. Which statement accurately describes Melchizedek in Genesis?

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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6. "I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you" was spoken to whom?

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

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7. 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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8. Keeping the Passover is commanded in which of the following books?

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

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9. In which book is found the following saying: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself"?

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

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10. What did the Israelites in the wilderness complain about?

a. the food, the water, and the foreigners among them
b. their sandals wearing out
c. Miriam's leadership
d. the manna

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11. According to Genesis 1, on the fifth day God created

a. the great sea monsters
b. the heavens and the earth
c. human beings
d. the tree of life

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12. According to Genesis, Jacob's brother, Esau, settled in the hill country of Seir. Which nation does he represent?

a. Ammon
b. Edom
c. Moab
d. Syria

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

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

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14. Jacob's dream at Bethel occurs in which of the following books?

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

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15. Which book contains the following: "Do not say to yourself, 'My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.' But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the power to get wealth. . ."?

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

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16. 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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17. Who "went away from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden"?

a. Abel
b. Adam
c. Cain
d. Enoch

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18. 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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19. 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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20. Over what empire did Artaxerxes rule?

a. Babylon
b. Egypt
c. Greece
d. Persia

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21. Which individual was Deborah's general?

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

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

a. Ahasueras
b. Cyrus
c. Nebuchadnezzar
d. Tiglath-pileser

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24. 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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25. Who said, "Speak, for your servant is listening"?

a. Abraham
b. Isaiah
c. Moses
d. Samuel

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26. In which book does David become king over Judah?

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

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27. Who said, "It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors"?

a. Joseph
b. Moses
c. Jeremiah
d. Elijah

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28. 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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29. Which city did Omri build that became the capitol of the Northern Kingdom?

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

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30. "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built!" Who spoke these words?

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

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31. "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son" is a quotation from which book?

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

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32. Which prophet spoke the words of promise cited in Acts 2, "I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh"?

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

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33. 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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34. Which book contains the following statement: "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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35. Which prophet said the following: "but the righteous live by their faith"?

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

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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. 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 bruise we are healed"?

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

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38. Which one of the following is not a prophetic book?

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

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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. During whose reign did Haggai appear as a prophet?

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

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41. What statement describes what Isaiah says about the wolf and lamb, the leopard and kid, the 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 over the works of your hands."

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42. 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 bones."

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

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43. Who had a vision of four great beasts whose power will be broken when the "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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44. "Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool." This is

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

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45. As indicated in Isaiah's speeches, who were the foreigners threatening Jerusalem?

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

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46. 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!"?

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

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47. "Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem" is found in which book?

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

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48. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar all appear in which book?

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

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49. "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 beings that you are mindful of them?"

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50. How is the following verse from Psalm 46 completed: "God is our ________, a very present help in trouble?

a. hope and confidence
b. redeemer and friend
c. refuge and strength
d. rock and fortress

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51. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" is found in which book?

a. Isaiah
b. Jeremiah
c. Proverbs
d. Ecclesiastes

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

a. "All this I have tested by wisdom; I said, 'I will be wise' but is was 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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53. "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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54. Which book asks, "A capable wife who can find"?

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

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55. Which words conclude the following verse from the book of Psalms: "As a deer longs from flowing streams,..."

a. "so my heart thirsts for righteousness."
b. "so my soul longs for you, O God."
c. "so longs a man for the wife of his youth."
d. "so a lion longs for his prey."

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

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

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57. 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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58. What region was home base for Jesus' ministry?

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

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59. "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing. . . " is found in the parable concerning

a. the sheep and the goats
b. the prodigal son
c. the rich man and Lazarus
d. the sower

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60. 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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61. Jesus said that Moses permitted divorce for 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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62. 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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63. 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. Nathanael
d. Nicodemus

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

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

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

a. He asked the disciple 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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66. Which of the following is NOT one of the "I am sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John?

a. the good shepherd
b. the resurrection and the life
c. the suffering servant
d. the true vine

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

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

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68. When the laborers hired earliest complained to the household, "These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day, and the scorching heat," what did the householder reply?

a. "Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?"
b. "The harvest is plentiful but the laborers few."
c. "You are not far from the kingdom of God."
d. "You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you?"

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69. Which of the following speaks of Jesus' driving the money changers out of the temple near the beginning of his ministry.

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

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70. 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 your servant in peace,"
d. "Never has anything like this been seen in Israel."

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71. "Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you" is part of what story in Luke?

a. the disciples at Bethany
b. the Gerasene demoniac
c. the good Samaritan
d. the mission of the Seventy

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72. "For many are called, but few are chosen" comes 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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73. Who sent messengers to ask Jesus, "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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74. What did the angel promise Zechariah when he was praying in the temple?

a. a daughter
b. a son
c. healing
d. salvation

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75. According to Matthew, what does the name of the child "Emmanuel" born to Mary mean?

a. "God is with us."
b. "He will govern my people Israel."
c. "He will save his people from their sins."
d. "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light."

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76. According to Acts, from which city did Saul come?

a. Antioch
b. Athens
c. Jerusalem
d. Tarsus

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77. 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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78. What is a major theme of Galatians?

a. circumcision is not 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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79. After Peter concluded his sermon on the day of Pentecost, what did he invite his hearers to do?

a. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
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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80. "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; and so we will be with the Lord forever" occurs in which writing ?

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

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81. Which book contains the following: "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are beneficial"?

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

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82. Which one of the following New Testament letters features this exhortation: "Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is head of the church. . ."?

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

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83. In which epistle does Paul state his desire to visit Spain?

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

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84. What chapter concerns the coming of Christ? (Note: Online version answer corrected on 1/17/03.)

a. John 15
b. Romans 13
c. 1 Corinthians 12
d. 2 Thessalonians 2

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85. Which book says: ". . .has God rejected his people? By no means!"?

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

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86. In which letter does Paul speak of a "painful visit" to a congregation and of a letter he wrote "out of much distress and anguish of heart and with many tears"?

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

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87. In 1 Corinthians 15:1-7, there is what is believed to be an early creedal statement. What is its central emphasis?

a. the death, resurrection, and appearance of Jesus
b. the future joys of the kingdom
c. the miracles of healing done by Jesus
d. the virgin birth of Jesus

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88. Paul's instruction, "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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89. In Romans, Paul contrasts one man, Jesus Christ, who brought the free gift of grace and eternal life, with what other man?

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

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90. 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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91. "'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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92. 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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93. "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 of the following?

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

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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. In which epistle is the following statement found: "For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened..."?

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

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96. "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 of which work?

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

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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. Which words best describe the special message of the Epistle to the 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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99. 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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100. According to the book of Revelation, where was John when he heard "a loud voice like a trumpet"?

a. praying on a high mountain
b. suffering persecution in Ephesus
c. staying on the island of Patmos
d. worshipping in the temple

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