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The Bible: Old Testament

This page excludes the Book of Genesis, which is covered in a separate page.

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments are a rich source for an imaginative question setter. They appear in two places in the Bible: Exodus Chapter 20 and Deuteronomy Chapter 5. Here are the relevant bits from Exodus ... in Deuteronomy they're pretty much the same, but the odd word is different. (I've left out a lot of the words.)

According to Exodus, God appeared to Moses, and gave him the Ten Commandments, on Click to show or hide the answer
Built at God's command to house the tablets that the Ten Commandments were written on Click to show or hide the answer

Verse(s)
1   And God spake all these words, saying,
2   I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
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4-62 Click to show or hide the answer
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Plagues visited upon the Egyptians Click to show or hide the answer
Moses lived for Click to show or hide the answer
Joshua and his armies marched around the walls of Jericho for Click to show or hide the answer
Moses's elder brother; first High Priest of the Israelites; made the Golden Lamb and persuaded the Israelites to worship it Click to show or hide the answer
Third and favourite son of David, killed by Joab Click to show or hide the answer
King of Babylon (according to the Bible) who held a great feast, at which the writing on the wall (interpreted by Daniel to foretell the downfall of the Babylonian Empire) appeared Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Wife of Uriah the Hittite, married King David; mother of Solomon Click to show or hide the answer
God spoke to Moses (to tell him to go back and lead the Israelites out of Egypt) as a Click to show or hide the answer
Land of Milk and Honey – The Promised Land – conquered by the Israelites under Joshua Click to show or hide the answer
King Solomon panelled the interior of his temple at Jerusalem "from floor to rafter" with Click to show or hide the answer
Interpreted the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar, and "the writing on the wall" Click to show or hide the answer
Thrown into the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego Click to show or hide the answer
King of Babylon who was forced to have Daniel thrown into the fiery furnace Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest of the 8 sons of Jesse; father of 17 sons including Solomon, Absolom and Amnon Click to show or hide the answer
'Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women' Click to show or hide the answer
Took place in the valley of Elah (1 Samuel 17:2) Click to show or hide the answer
Betrayed Samson to the Philistines, allowing them to shave his hair while he slept (Judges 16:19) Click to show or hide the answer
Priest to whom Samuel was apprenticed as a boy Click to show or hide the answer
Prophet who denounced Ahab and Jezebel; fed by ravens, and carried to heaven on a fiery chariot, in a whirlwind Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of the prophets of Israel after Elijah was taken up to heaven Click to show or hide the answer
Adopted by her cousin Mordecai; married Ahasuerus, King of Persia; saved her people from destruction Click to show or hide the answer
Prophet who dreamt of a valley of dry bones Click to show or hide the answer
Home of Goliath, and other giants - one of the five Philistine city-states Click to show or hide the answer
One of the heroes of the Book of Judges – defeated the Midianites, but refused to become King of Israel ("the Lord shall rule over you") Click to show or hide the answer
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel" Click to show or hide the answer
"The broken–hearted prophet" (his true prophecies of dire warning went largely unheeded by the Israelites); the Book of Lamentations is traditionally ascribed to him Click to show or hide the answer
Described in Deuteronomy as the City of Palm Trees Click to show or hide the answer
First king of the ten break–away tribes of Israel (10th century BC) Click to show or hide the answer
Father of David (a.k.a. Isai or Yishai) Click to show or hide the answer
Father of Zipporah, and thus Moses' father–in–law Click to show or hide the answer
Wife of King Ahab: a Phoenician princess, who turned him away from the God of the Israelites and towards her people's god, Baal; after Ahab's death, she is thrown from a window and eaten by dogs; her name is now a byword for a wicked woman Click to show or hide the answer
Old Testament prophet, defies God's command to go and preach against the people of Nineveh; thrown overboard by fellow sailors when their ship is hit by a storm, but saved by being swallowed by a great fish prepared by God, in whose belly he spent three days and three nights Click to show or hide the answer
Eldest son of Saul Click to show or hide the answer
Son of Nun and servant of Moses: chosen by God to lead the Israelites after the death of Moses Click to show or hide the answer
Holofernes, an Assyrian general, was beheaded by (a popular subject in art) Click to show or hide the answer
Sea–monster in Job, after which Hobbes named his most famous work Click to show or hide the answer
Nephew of Abraham, settled in Sodom when Abraham went to Canaan Click to show or hide the answer
Archangel known as the Guardian of Israel (in the Book of Daniel); the only angel apart from Gabriel mentioned in the Bible Click to show or hide the answer
Sister of Moses and Aaron Click to show or hide the answer
Viewed the Promised Land from Mount Nebo Click to show or hide the answer
According to the Bible, Belshazzar was the son of Click to show or hide the answer
King of Babylon, who dreamed of a statue with feet part of iron and part of clay (indicating, according to Daniel's interpretation, that part of his kingdom would be "broken")
Described in the Book of Jonah as an "exceedingly great city of three days journey in breadth", and "a wicked city worthy of destruction" (according to Wikipedia); Jonah was defying God's command to go and preach there, when he was swallowed by the 'great fish' Click to show or hide the answer
Named Moses after finding him in the bullrushes Click to show or hide the answer
Aggressive, warlike people, thought to have migrated from Caphtor (the Hebrew name for Crete and the Aegean region), to territory south–west of Israel, between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River; their name gives us the word Palestine; known for their use of iron, as opposed to bronze, to make tools and weapons; also for their prodigious consumption of alcoholic beverages, particularly beer; they harrassed and oppressed the Israelites for almost 200 years, until first Samuel and then David defeated them, with God's help; Goliath was their champion warrior; their name has come to indicate an ignorant or uneducated person Click to show or hide the answer
Visited Solomon with gifts of spices, gold, and precious stones, and tested him with questions; the imperial family of Ethiopia claims that Solomon seduced her and she bore him a son, Menelik I, who became the first King of Ethiopia Click to show or hide the answer
Prostitute who helped Joshua at the siege of Jericho Click to show or hide the answer
Wife of Isaac; gave birth to Esau and Jacob after 20 years of infertility Click to show or hide the answer
Son of Solomon, succeeded him as King of Judah after the ten tribes of Israel broke away under Jeroboam Click to show or hide the answer
Last of the six judges of the Israelites, depicted in the Book of Judges: given supernatural strength by God, which enabled him to kill a lion, slay an entire army of 1,000 Philistines with only the jawbone of an ass, and destroy a pagan temple; his two vulnerabilities were his hair, without which he was powerless, and his attraction to untrustworthy women. Betrayed by Delilah to the Philistines, who shaved his hair, put out his eyes and brought him to Gaza; "Let me die with the Philistines" Click to show or hide the answer
Last of the judges who ruled Israel, before the establishment of the monarchy, and the first of the prophets; anointed Saul as first King of Israel Click to show or hide the answer
First King of Israel; turned against Samuel (who had anointed him as King), and committed suicide c. 1010 BC as his mind became unbalanced Click to show or hide the answer
The rod cast down by Aaron was turned by God into a Click to show or hide the answer
Thrown into the fiery furnace, in the Book of Daniel, but walked unscathed from it Click to show or hide the answer
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Two of the cities of the Plain, destroyed by fire and brimstone Click to show or hide the answer
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Succeeded David as King of Israel; anointed by Zadok the Priest and the prophet Nathan; 700 wives, 300 concubines; ' … in all his glory was not arrayed as the lilies of the field'. Built a temple on Mount Moriah (a.k.a. Mount Zion) to house the Ark of the Covenant Click to show or hide the answer
Portable sanctuary for the Ark of the Covenant, carried by the Jews in their wanderings from Egypt to Palestine Click to show or hide the answer
Hittite warrior from whom David 'stole' his wife Bathsheba Click to show or hide the answer
Better than rubies (according to the Book of Proverbs) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
"Thou art weighed in the balance and art found wanting" Click to show or hide the answer
Priest ordered by David to anoint Solomon as King of Israel Click to show or hide the answer
Moses's wife Click to show or hide the answer

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