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GOSPELS, PCUSA Bible Content Exam, (from actual exams, 1988-2010)

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What was Gethsemane?
a. a hill where Jesus was crucified
b. a place where Jesus prayed
c. a valley where garbage was burned
d. a village where Jesus borrowed a colt
A place where Jesus prayed
Who appeared with Moses during the transfiguration of Jesus?
a. Abraham
b. Elijah
c. Elisha
d. Ezekiel
Elijah
Who said, ''Truly this man was God's Son!''?
a. a centurion
b. Nicodemus
c. one of the scribes
d. Paul
a centurion
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
Resurrection
What book tells of the wedding at Cana?
a. John
b. Acts
c. Romans
d. 1 Corinthians
John
In the Gospel of John, who is associated with Joseph of Arimathea in the burial of Jesus?
a. The Beloved Disciple
b. Lazarus
c. Mary Magdalene
d. Nicodemus
Nicodemus
"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe'' was said by Jesus to whom?
a. James
b. John
c. Peter
d. Thomas
Thomas
"Who was the woman at Jacob's well, from whom Jesus asked a drink?
a. a Canaanite
b. a Samaritan
c. a Syro-Phoenician
d. a widow from Zarephath
a Samaritan
In his teaching on the mountain in Matthew 5, which of the following does Jesus say about the law?
a. As Jesus increases, the law will decrease.
b. He has come to abolish it.
c. Not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
d. The law applies only to the scribes and Pharisees.
Not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
Who said, ''Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make 3 dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah''?
a. Judas
b. Martha
c. Peter
d. Philip
Peter
In John's Gospel, who asked, ''Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?''
a. Judas Iscariot
b. Martha
c. Nathanael
d. Philip
Judas Iscariot
Which Gospel begins with an introduction explicitly addressed to the reader?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Luke
The parable of the Unforgiving Servant is found in which Gospel?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Matthew
To whom did Jesus say, ''You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband''?
a. a Samaritan woman
b. a woman of Nazareth
c. Mary, called Magdalene
d. Salome
a Samaritan woman
After Jesus' death, Joseph of Arimathea had the courage to do which of the following?
a. ask Pilate for the body of Jesus
b. go to Sabbath services
c. hide the disciples
d. preach in the marketplace
ask Pilate for the body of Jesus
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
The Holy Spirit and fire
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
the kingdom of heaven
Which statement is NOT characteristic of the Gospel of John?
a. "No one has ever seen God. It is God the only son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known."
b. "They fell down before him and shouted, 'You are the Son of God!' But he sternly ordered them not to make him known."
c. "Those who do what is true come to the light."
d. "What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit."
They fell down before him and shouted, 'You are the Son of God!' But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.
Which gospel or gospels open with a genealogy?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. Mark and Luke
Matthew
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
Luke
Rather than naming him after his father, what did Elizabeth and Zechariah name their son?
a. Andrew
b. John
c. Levi
d. Peter
John
What did the householder say when many excused themselves from the householder's great banquet?
a. "Bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame."
b. "I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
c. "I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him."
d. "It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven."
Bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.
Which of the following is NOT one of Jesus' temptations?
a. "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me."
b. "Command these stones to become loaves of bread."
c. "Command the angels to minister to you."
d. "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down."
Command the angels to minister to you.
How is this question completed: ''For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say...
a. "...follow me."
b. "...I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance."
c. "...stand up and walk."
d. "...whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness."
'''...stand up and walk.'''
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."
Whoever does the will of God.
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."
He said, "Your sins are forgiven."
"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
the marriage feast
Which disciple was known as ''The Zealot''?
a. Andrew
b. James
c. Nathanael
d. Simon
Simon
What region was home base for Jesus' ministry?
a. Galilee
b. Judea
c. Perea
d. Samaria
Galilee
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."
''God is with us.''
What did the angel promise Zechariah when he was praying in the temple?
a. a daughter
b. a son
c. healing
d. salvation
a son
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?"
Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?
The Gospel of John contains all but which of the following?
a. Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus
b. the feeding of the five thousand
c. the foretelling of the coming of the Paraclete or Holy Spirit
d. the transfiguration
the transfiguration
In Luke, who says, ''Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles...''?
a. Anna
b. Elizabeth
c. Simeon
d. Zechariah
Simeon
Which book contains Jesus' appearance after his resurrection to two disciples while on the road to Emmaus?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Luke
What book contains passages describing the role and function of the Paraclete or Advocate?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
John
In which book is the story of the shepherds ''keeping watch over their flock by night'' found?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Luke
Which of the following are the words of the risen Jesus?
a. "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations."
b. "On their hands they will bear you up."
c. "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone."
d. "You are the light of the world."
''Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.''
"Which of the following is NOT a saying of Jesus?
a. "God helps those who help themselves."
b. "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin."
c. "The Sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath."
d. "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick."
''God helps those who help themselves.''
How is the following saying of Jesus completed: ''And I tell you, you are Peter...?
a. "and before the cock crows you will deny me three times"
b. "and I will make you fish for people"
c. "and on this rock I will build my church"
d. "so watch here while I go and pray"
''and on this rock I will build my church''
Which of the following describes Zacchaeus?
a. centurion
b. fisherman
c. priest
d. tax collector
a tax collector
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
The woman who poured ointment on Jesus' head
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
The Lord's Supper
Where did the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well take place?
a. Galilee
b. Idumea
c. Judea
d. Samaria
Samaria
"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church'' is found in which Gospel?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Matthew
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
Moses and Elijah
"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
Mary the mother of Jesus
Which gospel contains the parable of the ''Good Samaritan''?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Luke
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
Mark
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
John the Baptizer
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
Jesus' Sermon on the Mount
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
In the garden of Gethsemane
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.
He was driven out of town.
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
Caiaphas
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
and to give his life as a ransom for many
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
A tax collector
Who was the passerby forced to carry Jesus' cross?
a. Caiaphas of Jerusalem
b. Joseph of Arimathea
c. Lazarus of Bethany
d. Simon of Cyrene
Simon of Cyrene
According to the Gospel of John, why was the Gospel written?
a. So that "you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name."
b. So that "your joy may be complete."
c. To present ""an account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham."
d. To set down "an orderly account...so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed."
So that ''you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.''
Which title appears most frequently in Mark?
a. Son of David
b. Messiah
c. Son of God
d. Son of Man
Son of Man
To whom did Jesus address this statement: ''The Spirit of the Lord is upon me''?
a. Inner circle of disciples
b. John the Baptist
c. Synagogue audience
d. The Sanhedrin
Synagogue audience
What was Thomas's response when Jesus offered to let him touch his hands and side?
a. "My Lord and my God."
b. "Our Lord and Savior."
c. "You are the Christ, the Son of God."
d. "You are the King of Israel."
''My Lord and my God!''
In what town or city did Jesus grow up?
a. Bethlehem
b. Capernaum
c. Jerusalem
d. Nazareth
Nazareth
In which Gospels are the Beatitudes found?
a. Matthew and Luke
b. Mark and Luke
c. Mark and John
d. Luke and John
Matthew and Luke
Which of these figures is NOT an element in Jesus' parables of the kingdom?
a. A grain of mustard seed
b. A pearl of great value
c. Yeast
d. Living water
Living water
Stories about Mary and Martha appear in which two Gospels?
a. John and Matthew
b. Matthew and Luke
c. Mark and John
d. John and Luke
John and Luke
Where was Jesus baptized?
a. In the Dead Sea
b. In the Jordan River
c. In the Mediterranean Sea
d. In the Sea of Galilee
In the Jordan River
Which two of Jesus' disciples were sons of Zebedee?
a. James and John
b. Peter and John
c. Simon and Andrew
d. Simon and James
James and John
Who said: ''I have not come to bring peace, but a sword?
a. Herod
b. Jesus
c. John the Baptist
d. Pilate
Jesus
What is the major theme in John 10?
a. Jesus as bread of life
b. Jesus as good shepherd
c. Jesus as Son of Man
d. Jesus as true vine
Jesus as good shepherd
Which of the following phrases continues the story beginning with the words: ''And a woman in the city, who was a sinner...'' (Luke 7:38)?
a. "began to bathe his feet with her tears."
b. "begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter."
c. "came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak."
d. "put in two small copper coins."
''began to bathe his feet with her tears.''
In the Gospel of John, when did Jesus say, ''Father the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you''?
a. After his baptism by John the Baptist
b. After his farewell discourses with his disciples
c. After his trial before Pilate
d. On his way to Golgotha
After his farewell discourses with his disciples
The Gospel according to Matthew contains:
a. "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church."
b. "...baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
c. "When the Son of Man comes...he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats."
d. All of the above
All of the above
Seeds, a path, and rocky ground are part of which parable?
a. the growing seed
b. the lamp under a bushel basket
c. the mustard seed
d. the sower
the sower
Instead of unclean hands, what does Jesus say defiles a person?
a. A person's lack of faith
b. A person's parents
c. demons
d. the things that come out of a person
the things that come out of a person
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
Syrophoenician woman
At the wedding at Cana, who remarked on the quality of the wine?
a. Jesus' mother
b. Other wedding guests
c. The chief steward
d. The disciples
The chief steward
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. . ."
'Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us...'
Who said, "What is truth?"
a. Jesus
b. Peter
c. Pilate
d. The rich young man
Pilate
In which Gospel is the infant Jesus circumcised and presented in the temple?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Luke
Which of the following asked to be seated at the right and left hand of Jesus?
a. James and John
b. Matthew and Judas
c. Peter and Andrew
d. Philip and Thomas
James and John
Which is NOT a part of the description of John the Baptist?
a. He was a Nazorean.
b. He wore clothing of camel's hair.
c. He wore a leather belt around his waist.
d. He ate locusts and wild honey.
He was a Nazorean.
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
Feeding the multitudes
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.
Because he will save his people from their sins.
Who climbed a tree in order to see Jesus?
a. Bartimaeus
b. Mary
c. Matthew
d. Zacchaeus
Zacchaeus
What was the answer given to the scribe's question: "Which commandment is the first of all"?
a. "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
b. "Love one another as I have loved you."
c. "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well."
d. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."
When Jesus interprets the parable of the sower in Mark, he says that the sower sows what?
a. mustard seed
b. seeds of kindness
c. tares among the wheat
d. the word
the word
"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
the ten virgins
"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
the mission of the Seventy
"So the last will be first, and the first will be last'' comes at the conclusion of which parable?
a. the barren fig tree
b. the lost sheep
c. the sheep and the goats
d. the laborers in the vineyard
the laborers in the vineyard
Who asked Jesus: "In the resurrection whose wife will she be"?
a. Mary Magdalene
b. some Sadducees
c. the rich young man
d. the woman at the well
some Sadducees
Which biblical event is narrated as having taken place in the region of Caesarea Philippi?
a. Jesus' baptism
b. Peter's confession, "You are the Messiah"
c. the feeding of the five thousand
d. the healing of the Syrophoenician woman's daughter
Peter's confession ''You are the Messiah''
"Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" Who spoke these words?
a. John the Baptist
b. Peter
c. Pilate
d. the rich young ruler
Pilate
Which two Gospels include genealogies of Jesus?
a. Matthew and Mark
b. Matthew and Luke
c. John and Mark
d. John and Luke
Matthew and Luke
According to John's Gospel, who was the first to see the risen Lord?
a. Peter
b. The Beloved Disciple
c. Mary Magdalene
d. Mary and Martha
Mary Magdalene
"Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham." Who said this?
a. James
b. John the Baptist
c. Peter
d. Stephen
John the Baptist
How does the gospel of John present John the Baptist?
a. as a kinsman of Jesus
b. as a man sent from God
c. as one from the wilderness
d. as one of God's prophets
It describes John the Baptist as one sent by God ahead of the Messiah.
Which of the following disciples brought his brother to Jesus?
a. John
b. Peter
c. Simon
d. Andrew
Andrew
Who responded to Jesus by saying: ''What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God''?
a. an unclean spirit in a man
b. Roman soldiers
c. the Pharisees
d. the people in the synagogue in Nazareth
an unclean spirit in a man
When asked which commandment is greatest, Jesus answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." What did he say was the second commandment?
a. "Honor your father and your mother."
b. "You shall have no other gods before me."
c. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
d. "You shall not make for yourself a graven image."
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
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. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me."
c. "You shall not tempt the Lord your God."
d. "Get behind me Satan."
"How can Satan cast out Satan?"
Luke begins the birth narrative of Jesus with which of the following?
a. "In the beginning was the Word..."
b. "In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus..."
c. "The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ..."
d. "This is the story of the birth of Jesus..."
"In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus..."
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' 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."
"Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you."
According to Luke, in the Nazareth synagogue, Jesus read which of the following from the book of Isaiah?
a. "All we like sheep have gone astray."
b. "Listen to me, you who know righteousness."
c. "The Lord called me, before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he named me."
d. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me."
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me."
According to Luke, who was the Roman Emperor at the time when John and Jesus began their public ministries?
a. Nero
b. Augustus
c. Tiberius
d. Claudius
Tiberius
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' feet
to heal their brother, Lazarus
Which of the following familiar phrases is NOT taken from the Bible?
a. "Doctor, cure yourself!"
b. "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown."
c. "Relax, eat, drink, be merry."
d. "To thine own self be true."
''To thine own self be true.''
What did the woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years believe would bring about her healing?
a. persuading Jesus' disciples to help her
b. standing in Jesus' shadow when he walked past
c. stepping into the pool of Siloam
d. touching Jesus' clothes
touching Jesus' clothing
In Luke 10, what is the question that prompts Jesus to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan?
a. Who can be saved?
b. Do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?
c. What will be a sign that this is about to take place?
d. Who is my neighbor?
Who is my neighbor?
Mark's Gospel (original ending at 16:8) concludes with which of the following words?
a. "And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
b. "You are witnesses of these things."
c. "These are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God."
d. "They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid."
They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Which of the following appears in the Gospel of Mark?
a. "Those who do what is true come to the light."
b. "No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known."
c. "What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit."
d. "The unclean spirits...fell down before him and shouted, 'You are the Son of God!' But he sternly ordered them not to make him known."
''The unclean spirits...fell down before him and shouted, 'You are the Son of God!' But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.''
Which of the following teachings is NOT found in the Gospel according to Matthew?
a."Blessed are the poor in spirit."
b. "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church."
c. "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites."
d. "Remember Lot's wife."
''Remember Lot's wife.''
To whom, and on what occasion, was it said, ''Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean''?
a. To John, when he preached by the Jordan River
b. To Joseph of Arimathea, when he asked for Jesus' body
c. To Peter, when he stood in the courtyard of the high priest
d. To Stephen, when he preached in Jerusalem
Peter, in the courtyard of the high priest
Who was a ''leader of the Jews'' who asked Jesus, ''How can anyone be born after having grown old?''
a. Nathanael
b. Nicodemus
c. Philip
d. Thomas
Nicodemus
Which Gospel 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
John
In which Gospel do blood and water flow from Jesus' dead body after it is stabbed by a spear?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
John
Which of the following statements does NOT appear in the first two chapters of the Gospel according to Luke?
a. "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."
b. "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."
c. "My eyes have seen your salvation."
d. "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them."
''Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.''
"According to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, what did Jesus do just after he was baptized?
a. He called the twelve disciples.
b. He returned to Galilee.
c. He returned to Nazareth to tell his family.
d. He went into the wilderness, where he was tempted.
He went into the wilderness, where he was tempted.
Jesus said that Moses permitted men to divorce their wives for what reason?
a. because of God's mercy
b. because of the imperfection of the old law
c. because a man needs to have children
d. because the people were so hard-hearted
because the people were so hard-hearted
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
at his arrest
The Parable of the Sower is found in which of the following Gospels?
a. In Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
b. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke only
c. In Matthew and Luke only
d. In Mark and Luke only
Matthew, Mark, and Luke only (not John)
In Luke's Gospel, the centurion who witnessed Jesus' death remarked, ''Certainly this man was...''
a. ...God's Son
b. ...the King of the Jews
c. ...innocent
d. ...full of grace and truth
...innocent
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
when he broke bread and gave it to them
Which of the following is NOT one of the ''I am'' sayings spoken by Jesus in the Gospel according to John?
a. the good shepherd
b. the resurrection and the life
c. the suffering servant
d. the true vine
the suffering servant
Who said, ''God, be merciful to me, a sinner''?
a. a leper
b. a tax collector
c. Judas
d. Peter
a tax collector
Pilate said which of the following?
a. "I am not a Jew, am I?"
b. "I find no case against him."
c. "So you are a King?"
d. all of the above
all of the above
According to Luke, who was the Roman emperor at the time when Jesus was born?
a. Nero
b. Augustus
c. Claudius
d. Tiberius
Augustus
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."
''I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.''
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
John the Baptist
The parables about the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the two sons are found where?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Mark and Luke
d. Luke
Luke
Which Gospel includes a genealogy that traces Jesus' lineage all the way back to Adam?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Luke
In which Gospel does Jesus tell a parable about a slave who is forgiven a debt of ten thousand talents and who refuses to forgive his fellow slave a much smaller debt?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Matthew
Which Gospel narrates the escape of Joseph, Mary, and the infant Jesus to Egypt?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Matthew
Of whom did Jesus say, ''Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!''?
a. John
b. Matthew
c. Nathanael
d. Nicodemus
Nathanael
In John 1, how does John the Baptist identify Jesus?
a. the Good Shepherd
b. the Lamb of God
c. the Root of David
d. the Son of God
the Lamb of God
Who was Theophilus?
a. the Jewish high priest when Jesus was killed
b. the person for whom Luke and Acts were written
c. the blind man healed by Jesus near Jericho
d. the chief steward at the wedding in Cana
the person for whom Luke and Acts were written
The words, ''You have heard that it was said...but I say to you...''appear in which of the following contexts?
a. the charges made by Caiaphas against Jesus
b. the counterstatement of the Pharisees to Jesus' teaching
c. the preaching of John the Baptist
d. the Sermon on the Mount
the Sermon on the Mount
When the scribes and Pharisees requested a sign, what did Jesus promise for this ''evil and adulterous generation''?
a. the healing of the sick
b. the resurrection of the dead
c. the sign of Jonah
d. the sign of the cross
the sign of Jonah
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
A Samaritan woman
In the Gospel of Luke, who prayed, ''God, I thank you that I am not like other people''?
a. a Pharisee
b. a tax collector
c. a Sadducee
d. a Samaritan
a Pharisee
How is this saying completed: ''Blessed are the peacemakers...''?
a. ". . .for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
b. ". . .for they will be called children of God."
c. ". . .for they will inherit the earth."
d. ". . .for they will see God."
". . .for they will be called children of God."
In Mary's song (the Magnificat), which line completes the following: ''He has filled the hungry with good things . . .''?
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
and sent the rich away empty
Which prophet figures most prominently in the Gospels?
a. Amos
b. Elijah
c. Haggai
d. Micah
Elijah
According to the Gospel of Luke, who was the mother of John the Baptist?
a. Anna
b. Elizabeth
c. Joanna
d. Martha
Elizabeth
According to John, what did Jesus say in connection with the feeding of the five thousand?
a. "I am the bread of life."
b. "I will make you fish for people."
c. "My food is to do the will of him who sent me."
d. "Take, eat; this is my body."
''I am the bread of life.''
"No one comes to the Father, except through me'' is preceded by which of the following?
a. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate.
b. Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
c. I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
d. I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.
I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
What does the closing verse of John's gospel declare?
a. A second book will be written, dealing with the history of the church
b. Jesus did so many things, the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
c. No one should add to or take away from anything in the book.
d. Whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's soul from death.
Jesus did so many things, the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
Who, upon dying, was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham?
a. John the Baptist
b. Lazarus
c. Sarah
d. Simon Peter
Lazarus
In John 4 what did Jesus offer the Samaritan woman?
a. forgiveness
b. healing
c. living water
d. the bread of life
Living water
Which of the following appears in the story of the wedding at Cana?
a. John the Baptist
b. Lazarus
c. Mary
d. Bartimaeus
Mary
In which Gospel does Jesus promise that ''where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them''?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Matthew
The Lord's Prayer is found in somewhat different form in which of the following Gospels?
a. Matthew and Mark
b. Matthew and Luke
c. Mark and John
d. Luke and John
Matthew and Luke
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?"
''My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?''
Who said, "I do not know the man"?
a. Paul
b. Pilate
c. Judas
d. Peter
Peter
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
The inscription on Jesus' cross
"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
the sheep and the goats
Which parable receives a detailed explanation in Matthew, Mark, and Luke?
a. the hidden treasure
b. the leaven
c. the lost coin
d. the sower
the sower
In Matthew 12, what does Jesus say about the Son of Man and the sabbath?
a. The sabbath will outlast the Son of Man
b. The sabbath will pass away with the coming of the Son of Man
c. The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath
d. The Son of Man observes all the laws of the sabbath
The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath
In misunderstanding Jesus' call to God from the cross, to whom did the bystanders think that he called?
a. Elijah
b. His mother
c. Jeremiah
d. Mary Magdalene
Elijah
In John's Gospel, who said, "You will never wash my feet"?
a. Judas
b. Peter
c. Philip
d. Thomas
Peter
Who said, "He must increase, but I must decrease"?
a. Andrew
b. John the Baptist
c. Peter
d. Pilate
John the Baptist
Which of these statements is found in the first chapter of Matthew?
a. "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son."
b. "Glory to God in the highest."
c. "We had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel."
d. "You are the Christ."
Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son.
Who said: "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands... I will not believe..."?
a. Joseph of Arimathea
b. Mary Magdalene
c. Nathaniel
d. Thomas
Thomas
Which of the following said, "My God, my god, why have you forsaken me"?
a. Jesus
b. John the Baptist
c. Judas Iscariot
d. Stephen
Jesus
Which of the following correctly completes Jesus' saying: "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back..."?
a. is fit for the kingdom of God
b. shall be called a prophet of the Most High
c. shall be exalted in heaven
d. shall inherit the earth
is fit for the kingdom of God
Which of the following went to the tomb on Easter morning to anoint the body of Jesus?
a. Cleopas
b. John Mark
c. Mary Magdalene
d. Peter
Mary Magdalene
Which of the following did not earn his living by fishing?
a. James
b. John
c. Matthew
d. Peter
Matthew
To whom was Jesus referring when he said, "He is Elijah who is to come"?
a. John the Baptist
b. Simeon
c. Zacchaeus
d. Zechariah
John the Baptist
Which words immediately follow this statement from John 20:30-31: "Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come..."?
a."to believe that Jesus is the Messiah."
b. "to believe that Jesus is the Son of God."
c. "to have life in Jesus' name."
d. "to know all the signs that Jesus did."
to believe that Jesus is the Messiah. (Note: The NIV uses "Christ" where the NSRV uses "Messiah.")
Which of the following was not one of Jesus' temptations?
a. "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me."
b. "Command these stones to become loaves of bread."
c. "If you are the messiah, walk over the sea of Galilee."
d. "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down."
If you are the messiah, walk over the sea of Galilee.
In the Fourth Gospel, who calls Jesus the Lamb of God?
a. John the Baptist
b. Mary Magdalene
c. Nathaniel
d. Peter
John the Baptist
According to Matthew, Mark and Luke, why did Herod arrest John the Baptist?
a. John reproached him for living opulently
b. John accused him of adultery
c. John accused him of disloyalty to his own people
d. John accused him of using Roman troops to quell Jewish uprisings
John accused him of adultery
How is this phrase in John 1 completed, "And the Word became flesh and . . .?
a. his name was called Jesus."
b. increases in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man."
c. his name was called Immanuel."
d. dwelt among us, full of grace and truth."
dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.
Of whom did the fourth Gospel say, "He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light"?
a. Jesus
b. John
c. Lazarus
d. Pilate
John (the Baptist)
How does the Gospel of John describe John the Baptist?
a. It includes the story of John's beheading
b. It presents John the Baptist as one sent before Jesus
c. It describes John's dietary practices
d. It disregards John the Baptist
It presents John the Baptist as one sent before Jesus
When in John 9 Jesus answered the questions concerning the blindness a man had known before Jesus healed him, Jesus declared the man had been blind:
a. because of his sin
b. because of his parents' sin
c. so that others would have sympathy for him
d. so that the works of God could be seen in him
so that the works of God could be seen in him
The person Jesus rebuked and called Satan was
a. Caiaphas
b. Herod
c. Judas
d. Peter
Peter
The Gerasene demoniac lived
a. with the swine
b. in the tombs
c. in the city streets
d. with the lepers
in the tombs
Which disciples were with Jesus when he was transfigured:
a. Peter and Andrew
b. Peter and James
c. John and James
d. Peter, James and John
e. Andrew and John
Peter, James and John
Several poems appear in the story of Jesus' birth in
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Luke
The risen Jesus' first appearance in Luke's gospel takes place on the road to
a. Bethany
b. Bethlehem
c. Capernaum
d. Emmaus
e. Nazareth
Emmaus
Which gospel begins with the intention of presenting an orderly account?
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
Luke
The person to whom Jesus is speaking when he says, "You say that I am a King. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth" is
a. Caiaphas
b. James and John
c. Judas
d. Simon Peter
e. Pilate
Pilate
Jesus' friend Lazarus was from
a. Bethany
b. Bethlehem
c. Beersheba
d. Caesarea
e. Capernaum
Bethany