2004 Bible Content Exam

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

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

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2. How many sons did Jacob have?

a. 6
b. 8
c. 10
d. 12

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3. 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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4. What is the topic of the conversation between Eve and the serpent?

a. Apples
b. Covenant
c. Death
d. Tilling the soil

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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 legal cases.
d. He led a revolt against Moses in the wilderness.

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6. While sojourning in Egypt, Abram asked Sarai to say she was his sister. What resulted?

a. Abram repented and tried to change Sarai's fate.
b. Pharaoh married Sarai, and she bore a son.
c. Abram grew rich, and Pharaoh was punished.
d. Abram was punished, and Sarai grew rich.

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7. With what place were Abraham and David both closely associated?

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

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8. References to Melchizedek, King of Salem, in the Epistle to the Hebrews presuppose an account in which Old Testament book?

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

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9. Which commandment is found at the end of the Decalogue?

a. You shall not commit adultery.
b. You shall not steal.
c. You shall not murder.
d. You shall not covet.

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10. "The Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other" was spoken by whom?

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

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11. A flock of sheep, Mount Horeb, and "I am who I am" relates to which biblical figure?

a. Abraham
b. Isaac
c. Joseph
d. Moses

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12. 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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13. In Leviticus, whose priestly line is established through his consecration?

a. Moses
b. Eli
c. Aaron
d. Zadok

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14. Which book refers to Moses' view of the promised land from Mt. Nebo?

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

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15. What was the name of Jacob's youngest son, who was born in the promised land?

a. Benjamin
b. Dan
c. Joseph
d. Naphtali

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16. What is the central subject of the first seven chapters of Leviticus?

a. Laws concerning purity
b. Ritual offerings
c. Sexual offenses
d. The priesthood

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17. Who was NOT a brother of Joseph?

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

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18. Who spoke the following words: "...choose this day whom you will serve..., but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

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

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19. Who are the three main characters in 1 Samuel?

a. David, Gideon, and Samson
b. David, Jonathan, and Nathan
c. Samuel, Saul, and Nathan
d. Samuel, Saul, and David

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20. Under whose leadership were the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt?

a. Ezra
b. Joshua
c. Nehemiah
d. Zerubabbel

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

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

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22. "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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23. "The stars fought from heaven; from their courses they fought against Sisera." This 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. Absalom'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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24. Who spoke the following words: "With a jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey I have slain a thousand men"?

a. Gideon
b. Lamech
c. Samson
d. Saul

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25. Why did David refuse to take Saul's life when he had the chance?

a. David did not believe in killing.
b. David felt obligated to Saul for his past generosity.
c. David had great respect for Saul's son, Jonathan.
d. Saul was the Lord's anointed.

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26. Which prophet directed a parable against David?

a. Huldah
b. Jeremiah
c. Micah
d. Nathan

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

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

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28. 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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29. After the temple in Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Babylonians, which king issued the command to rebuild it?

a. Ahasuerus
b. Cyrus
c. Nebuchadnezzar
d. Josiah

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30. Which queen was deposed for disobeying her husband's command?

a. Bathsheba
b. Deborah
c. Jezebel
d. Vashti

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31. Which prophet is identified as from "among the shepherds"?

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

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32. Who was Maher-shalal-hash-baz?

a. A priest of Assyria against whom Isaiah contended
b. A son of Isaiah
c. One who cried for the destruction of Samaria
d. The son of Baladan, king of Babylon

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33. Which book contains the following line: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord"?

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

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34. To which prophet did the word of the Lord come saying: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you"?

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

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35. In which book does this quotation appear: "I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I; send me''?

a. Isaiah
b. Jeremiah
c. Lamentations
d. John

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36. 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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37. What did the great image in Nebuchadnezzar's dream represent?

a. A series of empires
b. His own life history
c. Israel's history
d. The practice of idolatry

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38. Which words from the Lord were spoken to Hosea?

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

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39. Who packed baggage as a symbol of exile and dug through a wall?

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

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40. 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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41. "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 which book?

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

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42. Which prophet describes this sign: "Look, the young woman. . shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel"?

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

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43. The quotations, "Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people," and "They made kings, but not through me," are from which book?

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

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44. Which prophet advocated surrender to the Babylonians?

a. Micah
b. Jeremiah
c. Ezekiel
d. Zechariah

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45. Who prophesied in Judah after the return from the Babylonian exile?

a. Amos
b. Ezekiel
c. Jeremiah
d. Zechariah

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46. According to Isaiah, what event ends the Babylonian exile?

a. The victory of King Josiah of Judah
b. The victory of Alexander the Great
c. The victory of Pharaoh Neco of Egypt
d. The victory of Cyrus of Persia

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47. Collections of oracles against the nations are most typically found in what part of Scripture?

a. History
b. Law
c. Prophets
d. Psalms

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48. 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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49. 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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50. 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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51. "They are like trees planted by streams of water" refers to which of the following?

a. Those who persevere against injustice
b. God and the heavenly hosts
c. Righteous kings
d. Those who do not follow the advice of the wicked

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52. "For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth" is found in which book?

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

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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 beings that you are mindful of them?"

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54. The quotation "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?" is found in which book?

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

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55. How does this statement conclude: "The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the skillful..."?

a. But the Lord rules over all
b. But the just shall live by faith
c. But time and chance happen to all
d. But the last shall be first

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56. "What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord" is found in which book?

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

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57. In what book can be found the following saying: "Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh."

a. Proverbs
b. Ecclesiastes
c. Sirach
d. Deuteronomy

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58. Where was Jesus arrested?

a. In the courtyard of the temple
b. In the garden of Gethsemane
c. In the home of Mary and Martha
d. In the upper room

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59. According to the Gospel of Matthew, what was Matthew when Jesus called him to be a disciple?

a. A fisherman
b. A shepherd
c. A tax collector
d. A teacher

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60. Who were the two who appeared talking with Jesus when he was transfigured?

a. Abraham and Jacob
b. Elijah and Isaiah
c. Jacob and David
d. Moses and Elijah

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61. 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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62. Which of the following correctly completes the statement: "For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve. . ."?

a. and to build his church
b. and to give his life as a ransom for many
c. and to heal the sick and cast out demons
d. and to teach the ways of God

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63. 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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64. Who made the following statements: "You brood of vipers"; "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire"; and "Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees"?

a. Jesus
b. John the Baptizer
c. Joseph
d. Peter

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65. Where do the following expressions occur: "salt of the earth," light of the world," and "lilies of the field"?

a. Jesus' instructions to the seventy
b. Jesus' instructions to the twelve
c. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount
d. Jesus' teaching after the resurrection

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66. The Parable of the Sower is found in which Gospel(s)?

a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. All of the above

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67. "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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68. Mary's song, "My soul magnifies the Lord," includes the following two 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. He hems me in behind and before

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69. According to Luke, what happened to Jesus after he preached in the synagogue of Nazareth?

a. He was asked to return.
b. He was invited to a banquet.
c. He was driven out of town.
d. He was taken to his mother's home.

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70. "Woman, what concern is that to you and 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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71. Who said, "It is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed"?

a. Caiaphas
b. Jesus
c. John the Baptist
d. Philip

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72. When Pilate said, "What I have written I have written," to what was he referring?

a. The inscription on Jesus' cross
b. The message to his wife
c. The pardon of Barabbas
d. The seal on the tomb

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73. Which Gospel contains the parable of the Good Samaritan?

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

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74. In which Gospel did a young man leave his linen cloth behind and run off naked at the time of Jesus' arrest?

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

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75. The following quotation marks the conclusion of what episode: "When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives"?

a. Dinner at the home of Simon
b. Jesus' visit to his hometown synagogue
c. Jesus' experience in Gethsemane
d. The Lord's Supper

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76. Paul said which of the following statements:

a. "For to me, living is Christ, and dying is gain."
b. "I have been crucified with Christ."
c. "If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness."
d. All of the above

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77. In 2 Timothy, we are told that "all scripture is inspired by God" and that it is profitable for what?

a. Praying
b. Preaching
c. Teaching
d. Worship

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78. What should those who speak "in a tongue" pray for?

a. The power to convert
b. The power to exorcize demons
c. The power to heal
d. The power to interpret

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79. What is Paul's situation when he writes those in Philippi?

a. He is in prison.
b. He is on a ship.
c. He is preaching in Corinth.
d. He is traveling in Spain.

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80. Who said, and in what situation, "I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you. . .?

a. Paul to Felix, who "hoped that money would be given him by Paul"
b. Paul to the owner of the soothsaying girl in Philippi
c. Peter to Simon Magnus, who wanted to buy the Holy Spirit
d. Peter to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the temple

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81. Which one of the following books is addressed to a man named Theophilus?

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

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82. Who does NOT appear in the account of Paul's ministry in Acts?

a. Agrippa and Bernice
b. Felix and Drusilla
c. Festus
d. Pilate

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

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

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84. What was Peter's accusation against Ananias and Sapphira (who sold property while keeping back some of the proceeds)?

a. They dishonored the name of Jesus.
b. They lied to God.
c. They spoke blasphemous words.
d. They were filled with new wine.

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

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

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86. In which city was Paul stoned?

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

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87. Paul and Barnabas made a special trip to Jerusalem to meet with the apostles and elders because of what issue that was troubling the church?

a. "How can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?"
b. the complaint of widows that they were not being fairly treated
c. "Unless you are circumcised. . .you cannot be saved."
d. "We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."

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88. The riot led by the silversmiths took place in what town?

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

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89. In discussing Israel In Romans, Paul held:

a. "For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him."
b. "God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew."
c. "If you do boast, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you."
d. All of the above.

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90. Which of the following books devotes the most attention to divisions within the "body of Christ"?

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

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91. According to 1 John, "If we say that we have not sinned," we make God which of the following?

a. A liar
b. A judge
c. A prosecutor
d. Angry

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92. The words "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth" appear in which of the following books?

a. Mark
b. Acts
c. Hebrews
d. Revelation

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93. According to James, what is like a "fire" and a "world of iniquity"?

a. Hell
b. Tongue
c. Faithlessness
d. Hatred

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94. The book of Revelation describes visions granted to the seer when he was doing what?

a. Praying on a high mountain
b. Suffering persecution in Ephesus
c. Staying on the island of Patmos
d. Worshiping in the temple

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95. Which of the following addressed the rich in condemnatory language?

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

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96. Which of the following words complete this statement about Christ in Hebrews: "Because he himself was tested by what he suffered. . ."

a. he is able to help those who are being tested."
b. he is seated at the right hand of God."
c. he was raised in glory."
d. he has triumphed over sin and death."

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

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

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98. Which of the following does NOT appear in the book of Revelation?

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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99. What will happen to the lukewarm Christians in Laodicea?

a. One like the Son of Man will spit them out of his mouth.
b. They will be cast into hell.
c. They will be rebuked.
d. They will be warmed up.

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

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

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