1. What kind of fruit did Adam & Eve eat that they were commanded to not eat?The fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. —Genesis 2:17
It was not any fruit we have today.
There were two special trees in the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. (Genesis 2:9) Some assert these trees were metaphorical, but we’re told the Tree of Life will be in New Jerusalem on the New Earth. (Revelation 2:7, 22:2, 14, & 19) God sent Adam and Eve out of the garden so they wouldn’t eat of the Tree of Life. (Genesis 3:22-24) At the time when God finally removed or destroyed the Garden of Eden (probably at the flood), God apparently saved the Tree of Life for later use and removed the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil from the earth or destroyed it. I believe He destroyed it. Such a tree would have no further purpose.
2. Who made the first leather (animal skin) coats?God. —Genesis 3:21
3. How many children did Adam & Eve have?Unknown, but there is reason to believe they had many —perhaps hundreds.
4. Was Cain Adam & Eve’s first child?It‘s likely, but they may have had a daughter first. This would still be consistent with Eve’s statement: “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD.” —Genesis 4:1
5. Was Abel Adam & Eve’s second son?Inconclusive. Many translations do not indicate this.
The mention of Cain & Abel is for the purpose of describing the first shedding of human blood, not a sequential documentation of all of Adam & Eve’s children.
6. Was Seth Adam & Eve’s third son?Certainly not.
The murder took place after Cain & Abel were both grown men. It would be ludicrous to believe Adam & Eve had no more children in that time. Besides that, God issued a warning to all others on the earth (in Genesis 4:15) concerning Cain which would also be ludicrous if the only other living humans were Adam & Eve. There were thousands of people by this time. Seth was the first son born after Abel’s death, which is why Eve said, “God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel, for Cain killed him.” —Genesis 4:25 It’s possible Seth resembled Abel.
As evidence that these events did not take place in a matter of a few weeks, note that in the very next verse (Gen.4:26), Seth begets a son.
7. Who was first? Adam, Noah, Abraham, or Jesus?Jesus. —Colossians 1:17 and John 1:1-4,14
8. How many of each kind of animal did God have Noah put on the ark?I was always taught there were seven pair of the clean, one pair of the unclean. —Genesis 7:2
However, on reading the verse more carefully, the passage says:
"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female."
The verse does not say “two of each”.
There has been an ongoing question as to whether there were seven clean, or seven pair of clean animals taken aboard the ark.
For the unclean, it says, "by two, the male and his female."
For the clean, it says, "by sevens, the male and his female." If this means only seven animals, there would be an animal without a mate, which seems to contradict "the male and his female."
In the other hand, if it means seven pair, fourteen animals, by using the same linguistic construction, we should conclude there were two pair of each of the unclean animals on the ark.
Therefore, I conclude there were four of each unclean animal and fourteen of each clean animal on the ark.
9. How old was Noah when the flood waters came upon the earth?600 years old. —Genesis 7:6
10. True or false: Noah and his family were in the ark 40 days and 40 nights.False. It rained 40 days and 40 nights. —Genesis 7:4, 12, 17
11. How long were Noah and his family in the ark?1 year, 1 month, and 27 days or 360 + 30 + 27 = 417 days —Genesis 8:13-14
Note: Before the flood, a year had exactly 360 days. Each month had 30 days.
See information about a 360 day year, item #8 on the page.
12. Who was Israel?Jacob. —Genesis 32:28
13a. What was unusual about Esau when he was born?As a newborn infant, Esau's entire body was hairy.
25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.
He was like a hairy garment! As he grew up, he was still so hairy that Jacob's mother, Rebekah, deceived Isaac, who was blind at that time, by placing goat skins on Jacob’s hands and neck.
—Genesis 27:16; 22-23
16 And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.
22 So Jacob came close to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands; so he blessed him.
13b. What was significant about the birth of Jacob and Esau?Jacob came out holding the heel of Esau
26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.
Exodus & the prophets
14. Where is Mt. Sinai?Paul describes Mt. Sinai as being in Arabia.
Galatians 4:25 “Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.”
When Moses first left Egypt, he fled to Midian where he eventually encountered God on Mt. Sinai, also called “Horeb, the mountain of God.”
Exodus 3:1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.
That’s where God tells Moses He wants him to take His people. God told Moses to bring the Israelites back to worship Him on this mountain.
Exodus 3:12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Amplified Bible: Exodus 3:12 “God said, I will surely be with you; and this shall be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain [Horeb, or Sinai].”
Acts 7:30, 38
30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.
38 He was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us.
Comparing the Old Testament passages with the New Testament passages, we can see that Sinai and Horeb are the same mountain.
The Mt. Sinai of Moses could not possibly be in the “Sinai Peninsula” because Moses was tending the flock of Jethro in Midian when God spoke to him there (Mt. Sinai). We know where Midian is today. It's the same place it was then: Western Arabia.
“The Traditional Mt. Sinai was proclaimed by the mother of Constantine. This traditional location in the Sinai Peninsula didn’t ‘come into being’ until almost 2,000 years after the Exodus: ‘The origin of the present Monastery of Saint Catherine on the NW slope of Jebel Musa is traced back to A.D. 527, when Emperor Justinian established it on the site where Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, had erected a small church two centuries earlier.’” (The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 1962, p. 376.)
See “Searching for Moses”
Also see Wyatt Archaeological Research on Mt. Sinai
15. Where was Moses buried?Mt. Nebo —Deuteronomy 32:48-50
16. How many times did Joshua’s men march around the city of Jericho before the walls fell?Thirteen. —Joshua 6:3-5
17. Who got killed for insulting a prophet?Young lads —probably High School age boys. —2Kings 2:22-24
18. What test did God tell Gideon to use to select his army?How they drank water at the stream: Those who knelt down to drink were sent home. Only those who cupped the water in their hands and lapped like dogs were retained. —Judges 7:5-7
19. How many men did Gideon start with?32,000 men. —Judges 7:3
20. After God’s tests, how many remained?300 men. —Judges 7:7
21. What was Elijah’s last name/title?Tishbite. —2Kings 1:8
22. Measured in terms of how long it took to walk across it, how large was Nineveh in Jonah’s day?Three days walk. —Jonah 3:4
23. What did David have of Saul’s that made Saul declare that David was more righteous than he was?The edge of his robe. —1Samuel 24:11
24. What prophet spoke after he was dead?Samuel to Saul. —1Samuel 28:15
25. We all know Dr. Dolittle is a fantasy story, but did any animal ever speak?Yes, two that the Bible records.
Genesis 3:1 The serpent in the Garden.
Numbers 22:28-30 Balaam's ass.
Birth of Jesus
26. Was Jesus born on Christmas day?Almost certainly not. Most likely it was in September because the shepherds had their flocks in the fields, not in the meadows.
—Luke 2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
This would indicate it was after the harvest, when animals were permitted to glean what still remained in the fields. Through a study of prophecy and an analysis of the positions of the moon, planets, and stars at that time, Researcher Rob Skiba has concluded Jesus’ birthday to be September 11.
Did something else happen on that day to mark Jesus’ birthday in infamy? Hmmmm...
27. True or False: Jesus was Born in a manger.False. He was laid in a manger—an animal feeding trough. —Luke 2:7
From this, people have inferred he was born in a stable.
However, he was most likely born in the lower-rear portion of a house, the food-preparation area of the house, in which vulnerable animals were kept on cold nights. That’s why mangers were available in which to lay the baby.
In addition, Mary and Joseph didn’t seek a room at an Inn. The taxation decree required Joseph to travel to the town of his lineage. They would likely have gone to a relative’s house in Bethlehem. The word translated as “Inn” should be “guest room,” the upper room of the house. This is one case where translators have consistently failed us, being biased by their own preconceived ideas. It is the same word Jesus used in Luke 22:11
—“Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’”
This guest room (or upper room) is where family guests would stay when they arrived from out of town. This was the cultural norm of the time. So, they weren’t turned away from an Inn and Jesus wasn’t born in a stable.
See Answers in Genesis: “Born in a Barn?”
28. When the heavenly host appeared to the shepherds, what did they sing?Nothing. They were "saying," not singing. —Luke 2:13
29. How many wise men were there?Unknown. The scripture simply says “magi from the east.” —Matthew 2:1
Tradition says there were three magi, probably because three types of gifts were given:
“They presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” —Matthew 2:11
Rather than just one item of gold, one item of frankincense, and one item of myrrh, multiple gifts of each type were likely given. I believe there were many more than three magi. There was probably quite a caravan. The scripture says an angel appeared to them and instructed them to go home a different way so Herod wouldn’t find out the information they had about the child.
Matthew 2:12 “And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”
If there were only three, they could have easily passed through or around Jerusalem without being noticed.
30. Did the wise men follow the star from the east?No. They saw his star in the east, then saw it again after they left Herod's place. —Matthew 2:2-10 specifically verses 2, 7, & 9. The star “went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was.”
Matthew 2:9 After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was.
31. Did the Magi arrive on the night Jesus was born?Let’s see. If we work backwards...
→ Mary, Joseph, and the young child (Matthew 2:13-14) left for Egypt shortly after the Magi departed from them—that very night. Joseph received a warning in a dream, woke, and they left for Egypt.
→ They presented the child in Jerusalem at the temple some time before they departed. —Luke 2:22
This could not be done before her purification. (33 days purification after 8 days before circumcision)
→ Mary was in seclusion through the 33 days of purification as required by the law. —Leviticus 12:4
→ The child was circumcised on the eighth day. —Leviticus 12:3 This yielded a total of 41 days.
So the answer is: No. The Magi arrived a minimum of 42 days after the birth. Considering Herod’s response of killing all children two years and younger, and since he had been told when the Magi first saw the star (Matthew 2:7) the Magi could have arrived up to two years later.
32. Did the Magi find Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger?No. —Matthew 2:11
33. Who found Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger?Shepherds —Luke 2:15-16
34. Where did the Magi find the child?In a house. —Matthew 2:11
35. Did the Magi find the child in Bethlehem?Undetermined. In Matthew 2:8-9 Herod told the magi to go to Bethlehem, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but the star led them to where the child was. Scripture doesn’t say it led them to Bethlehem. By the time the Magi arrived, they might not have been living in Bethlehem.
Life of Jesus
36. What was Jesus’ first public miracle and where was it performed?Turning water into wine at Cana of Galilee. —John 2:1-11.
I say “public” miracle because Mary’s instruction to the servants at the wedding indicated she was familiar with Jesus’ ability to perform miracles.
John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Jesus had probably done many miracles while growing up at home.
37. True or False: Jesus called his followers Christians.False. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. —Acts 11:26c
38. True or False: The thief on the cross became a Christian before he died.False. They were first called Christians at Antioch. —Acts 11:26
Also, Jesus had not yet died for anyone's sins. When Jesus told the thief on the cross “today you will be with me in paradise,” He acted on his own authority to grant salvation as He deemed fit. That’s called “special dispensation.” The Father and Jesus can save anyone they want to save at any time they want to do it. However, the difference from what we have today is that we can attain salvation by following the plan of salvation (which was established fifty days later, at Pentecost —Acts 2:38) instead of hoping God will save us.
Baptism—Is It Necessary?
Common Salvation Fallacies
39. True or False: The Bible says money is the root of evil.False. It says the love of money is the root of evil. —1Timothy 6:10
40. True or False: The Bible tells us not to judge others.False.
Matthew 7:1-2 and Luke 6:38 say you will be judged the same way you judge.
In John 7:24 we are told to judge with a righteous judgement.
Matthew 7:6 says do not give holy things to the undeserving. How can we do this without judging?
Also see 1Corinthians 5:12 and 6:2-3.
And see Judging-Can Christians Judge?
41. Name the books of the Bible that tell of people becoming Christians?There is only one book that tells of people becoming Christians: The book of Acts.
42. True or False: The Bible says God is Omniscient and Omnipresent.False. It’s simply not in there.
The only “omni” word in the Bible is Omnipotent in Revelation 19:6 and it means “Having all authority”, not being “all-powerful” as you may have been taught.
In 17th century England, the King was considered Omnipotent. He had all authority over England and its people.
See The Knowledge of God
The Doctrine of the “Omnis.”
43. Who is Lord of this world?Satan is Lord of this world. See John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Luke 4:6; 2 Corinthians 4:4; and Ephesians 2:2