Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Old Testament Trivia Quiz: Heroines

How much do you know about faithful women of Old Testament? Dust off your Bible and test your knowledge by taking this quick trivia quiz.

1. Who ensured Moses’s safety after he’d been put in the river?
a. Moses’s sister, Miriam
b. Daughter of Pharaoh
c. One of Pharaoh’s handmaids
d. Moses’s mother, Jochebed

2. What was Esther’s Hebrew name?
a. Vashti
b. Hadassah
c. Mikhal
d. Hagar

3. What gift did Hannah give her son, Samuel, every year when she saw him at the temple?
a. A blanket
b. A bullock
c. A dove
d. A coat

4. Which woman slew wicked general Sisera, thereby delivering Israel from Canaanite bondage?
a. Jael
b. Dinah
c. Rahab
d. She is not named

5. Who was only known female judge in Israel?
a. Miriam
b. Jezebel
c. Deborah
d. She is not named

6. How did Rahab save her family from destruction at Jericho?
a. She heeded words of scriptures and knew to flee city beforehand
b. She prayed to Lord to be spared and was granted her petition
c. She hid Joshua’s spies from king of Jericho and secured from them a promise of safety
d. She took her family to Israelite temple which was spared from destruction

7. How old was Sarai, Abraham’s wife, when she bore Isaac?
a. 74
b. 86
c. 91
d. 103

8. What did Rebekah do that showed Abraham’s servant she was to be Isaac’s wife?
a. She was only woman at desert well when Abraham’s servant came
b. She offered to draw water for Abraham’s servant’s camels.
c. She took off her sandals before approaching the well
d. She spoke a heartfelt prayer before drawing water

9. Whom does Solomon’s “song of songs” praise?
a. One of Solomon’s wives
b. All covenant women
c. Daughters of Jerusalem
d. A Shulamite woman

10. Who said: “whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God”?
a. Ruth
b. Esther
c. Leah
d. Rachel


1.A: Before Pharaoh’s daughter drew Moses from river, Miriam looked after his ark of bulrushes, “to wit what would be done to him” (Exodus 2:4). Miriam also ensured that Moses’s mother, Jochebed, would be his wet nurse. 

2.B: To better assimilate into Persian culture, Jewish orphan Hadassah changed her name to Esther when she left her caretaker and uncle, Mordecai, to be presented to king. Later, at some risk, she reveals her true identity as a Jew to save her people from wicked Haman.

3.D: Samuel was Hannah’s only child; after giving him up to temple in exchange for blessing of motherhood, Hannah could visit him only once a year, and each time brought him “a little coat” (1 Samuel 2:19).

4.A: Because Jael slayed Canaanite general Sisera with a tent spike while he slept in her home, Israelite army was able to prevail against evil king Jabin. As Israelites celebrated their victory, Jael is praised as being “blessed above women” (Judges 5:24).

5.C: Apart from her position as a judge in Israel, Deborah is also named righteous prophetess in scriptures (Judges 4:4). Under her guidance, and with help of Jael (see question 4), Israel is victorious against Canaanite armies of Sisera.

6.C: When two spies from Joshua came to Rahab, she recognized that they were sent of the Lord. After hiding them from searchers, she was told to hang scarlet thread in her window so that she and all her house would be spared. 

7.C: Isaac’s miraculous conception, when Sarai was 91 and Abraham 100, fulfilled Lord’s promise to her: “she shall be mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her” (Genesis 17:16).

8.B: As Abraham’s servant approached desert well, he prayed for specific sign: whoever was to marry Isaac should offer to draw water for his camels. This faithful Rebekah did, and after meeting with her family, servant took Rebekah to be Isaac’s wife (Genesis 24). 

9.D: While woman praised in Solomon’s song is never named, in one verse we learn of her origin: she is Shulamite, or one hailing from Shulem (Song of Solomon 6:13). Another famous Shulamite (or Shunammite) in Old Testament in faithful woman who housed Elisha and was promised son for her righteousness (2 Kings 4).

10.A: Despite being Moabitess and stranger in Bethlehem, Ruth remained loyal to her marriage vows and mother-in-law, Naomi. She spoke this phrase, evidencing her virtue and devotion, when she was offered opportunity to leave Naomi and return to her mother and native people (Ruth 1:16). 
--by Kelsey Berteaux

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