These questions are all about The Bible. Google not and see how many you can get correct – post your scores and any comments at the end. Correct answers and scoring key after the jump.
1. The Byrds 1965 mega-hit Turn, Turn, Turn was written by Pete Seeger, who lifted its lyrics from which book of the Bible?
2. The Bible was originally written in what three languages?
3. Which has more books, the Old Testament or the New Testament?
4. George Washington was the first person to take his Presidential Oath of Office with his hand on The Bible. What President broke the tradition?
5. In 2009, Barack Obama also did something different than George Washington by being sworn into Presidential office with his hand on TWO Bibles. Who were the original owners of these two Bibles?
6. Two apostles shared a first name and are thus distinguished patronymically in The New Testament. What was the shared first name?
7. The expression “The left hand didn’t know what the right hand is doing” is now generally used to describe something negative, such as a political scandal or complete disorganization. But this phrase derives from a Biblical verse which actually recommends that the left hand not know what the right hand is doing. What is the context in which this recommendation is to be practiced?
8. During the time of Jesus’ preaching, who was the ruler of the region of Galilee?
9. Many people misquote Proverbs 16: 18 as “Pride goeth before a fall”. What is the correct wording?
10. Many people think “God helps those who help themselves” is from The Bible, but it actually comes from what other famous book?
ANSWERS (BEST POSSIBLE SCORE = 15)
1. One point for Ecclesiastes
2. One point each for Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic
3. One point for the Old Testament
4. One point for Theodore Roosevelt or for John Adams (see comment by Ckbryant below and my response. This turned out to be a bad question).
5. One point each for Abraham Lincoln and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
6. One point for James.
7. One point for the recommendation that charity should be anonymous.
8. Two points if you guessed Herod Antipas (That was tough, most people guess Herod the Great, but he was dead by then and his son replaced him)
9. Two points if you get “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” exactly right, one point if you get it mostly right.
10. One point for Poor Richard’s Almanac