Quiz Corner


Take a crack at these 10 questions inspired by the Bible and Christianity. Most questions have clues within them to make the answer ‘workoutable’. So what are you waiting for? Put on your thinking hats and see how many you can get right!


1. This term traces its origins to the Greek root ‘kruptó’, meaning hidden or concealed(from which we also get words like ‘cryptography’). The term refers to texts and documents of unknown authorship or origin and in a Biblical context, denotes a section of texts only found in Catholic Bibles. What term?

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2. Sons of Korah: 11; Asaph: 12;  _______ : 73
Fill in the Blank and explain what the numbers represent.

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David. The numbers represent the number of Psalms written by these authors.


3. This early 17th century painting by the Italian painter, Caravaggio depicts a scene from the New Testament. The scene is the inspiration for a popular phrase used in English. What phrase?

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Doubting Thomas


4. An anti-war movement that originated in the US in the early Eighties gets its name from a verse in the Book of Isaiah. Below is a sculpture that is also inspired by this verse. Name the movement.

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Plowshares movement. Taken from Isaiah 2:3: “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”


5. What connects the following 3 images (Hint: An account found only in the Gospel of Matthew)?

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The 3 images show Gold(Chemical Symbol: Au), Frankincense and Myrrh. These are the gifts brought for Baby Jesus by the Wise Men from the East.


6. Abraham Malpan, whose teachings formed the basis for the foundation of the Mar Thoma church is often referred to as ‘____ ____ of the East’ because of the reforms he brought to the Syrian Orthodox tradition. Fill in the blanks

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Martin Luther


7. Identify the country whose flag is pictured below. This country and the tree depicted on its flag have been mentioned numerous times in the Bible, especially in the Psalms

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Lebanon. Cedars of Lebanon are mentioned in many places in the Bible.


8. Jakob Amman was an anabaptist leader who led a schism within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Mennonite Anabaptists in 1693. Descendants of his followers would later migrate to Pennsylvania in the early 18th century where they formed a close-knit community that exists to this very day. They have rejected modern technology including electricity, motor vehicles and telephones. Name this community that gets its name from their founder.

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The Amish


9. What skill did Joseph (in Genesis) and Daniel (Book of Daniel) have in common?

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Interpretation of dreams.


10. Which popular Christmas carol, originally written for the Thanksgiving season, has the distinction of being the first song broadcast from space — a rendition by astronauts aboard the Gemini 6 spacecraft on December 16, 1965.

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Jingle Bells


About Vivek Cheriyan

Member of San Francisco Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam & Young Family Fellowship