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Bible Characters Quiz

Can you name these Bible characters?
Last updated: February 07, 2015
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Clue
Character
Built the ark
Noah
Raised from the dead by Jesus
Lazarus
Discovered that Jesus' tomb was empty
Mary Magdalene
His sons became the 12 tribes of Israel
Jacob
Sold his birthright to ^
Esau
Slew Goliath
David
Built the temple
Solomon
Baptised Jesus
John the Baptist
Former tax collecter, apostle of Jesus,
and writer of Gospel
Matthew
Clue
Character
Betrayed Jesus for silver
Judas
Third son of Adam and Eve
Seth
Wife of Abraham
Sarah
Fought the battle of Jericho
Joshua
Doubted Jesus' resurrection
Thomas
Swallowed by a whale
Jonah
Brought Jews to Egypt
Joseph
Led Jews away from Egypt
Moses
Righteous man who God allowed
Satan to torment
Job
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level 48
Sep 23, 2012
Technically, Jonah wasn't swallowed by a whale. The Bible states he was swallowed by a large fish; whales are mammals.
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level 44
Apr 28, 2015
It depends on what translation you use. The Biblical writers didn't know the difference between a fish and a whale yet. But I suppose fish might be a better translation
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level 45
Jan 6, 2018
Some translations say great fish, monster, whale. They all say God "appointed," "prepared," etc. It was a special creature that God arranged to deal with the situation.
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level 56
May 7, 2015
it's the Bible. Technically none of this really happened.
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level 67
May 7, 2015
Well, some of it happened. But I get your drift.
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level 22
Aug 14, 2015
Actually, technically, all of this happened. Everything that is recorded in the Bible happened. Except Jesus' parables, and their called parables for a reason, because they were stories told to people to help them understand certain principles.
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level 75
Dec 2, 2015
^I am not going to comment on the above comment because it would take too long. One thing though: 4004 BC?
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level 52
Apr 25, 2017
Oh, slugcharger. You should know by know that they'll simply claim that it was written after the fact, even when their very own dating methods confirm that it was written before it. Evolution: A Reducing Device for Everything™.
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level 74
Nov 19, 2017
slug, careful using history to support the veracity of the Bible. While it works in a couple places.... that same history proves the Bible to be utter fabrication more often than not.
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level 72
Dec 7, 2017
It's a collection of various myths and legends from all over the Roman/Greek/Jewish/Egyptian world. It's about as historically accurate as Harry Potter, which, coincidentally borrows heavily from various myths and legends from all over the Roman/Greek/Jewish/Egyptian worlds.
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level 74
Apr 11, 2018
David and Solomon might have been real people, and the Jewish Temple was real.

If Jesus was a real person it's not too far fetched to believe he got baptized by someone named John. There may have been a Judas and a Mary Magdalene. Hard to say.

The rest of these events and characters are almost certainly fictional in whole or in part. Even the Israelis admit now that Moses was fictional and they looked hard for evidence to prove he wasn't.
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level 54
Aug 15, 2018
Not everything written in the Bible happened. It contradicts itself. For example, the accounts of the birth of Jesus are completely different in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Matthew says that Mary and Joseph lived in Bethlehem when Jesus was born, and Luke says that they lived in Nazareth and were made to go to Bethlehem to be registered in a census, and Jesus was born in the time they were there. They cannot both be true, and it is most likely that neither is.
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level 59
May 7, 2015
Technically, none of this happened because it's all fiction.
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level 22
Aug 14, 2015
You got proof for that claim?
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level 44
Aug 27, 2016
Bertrand Russell's teapot. Originally, this was his response to 'how do you know God does not exist', but works pretty well for most of 'how do you know [whatever] didn't happen'. Also, I don't think anyone is actually claiming or has ever claimed that the events described in the poetic Book of Job really happened, are they? Everyone's on board with that as an illustrative story?
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level 16
Sep 23, 2016
What does a teapot have to do with anything?
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level 8
Apr 15, 2017
All of the Bible is true. Prophecies panned out exactly as expected, and there's historical accounts of all of this
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level 52
Aug 23, 2017
Technically, a tomato is a fruit.
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level 54
Aug 15, 2018
@slugcharger, I'm not sure exactly what it is you're referring to but after an event has happened you can look through anything and make some case for it having been predicted beforehand. The bible doesn't say "in 1798 the pope will be imprisoned following the French revolution and Catholicism will lose much of its power, making atheism rise". It makes generalistic and (on the face of things) meaningless predictions. In 1400 they didn't know that this would happen in 1798. Someone looked at it afterwards and made it add up. @Fiddley, the celestial teapot is a concept made in rebuttal to some arguments about God. The idea is that there is a small teapot orbiting the sun between Earth and Mars. It is too small to be picked up by any telescope we have at the moment, so you can't prove it doesn't exist. Like God, that isn't a good enough argument for its existence. @cr, prophecies in the Bible didn't actually all happen. The Messiah was prophecised to be born in Bethlehem, but Jesus wasn't
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level 54
Aug 15, 2018
actually born in Bethlehem. Of the Gospel writers, one expressed surprise that Jesus was not born in Bethlehem, one doesn't mention it at all, Matthew decided that Mary and Joseph must have lived in Bethlehem when Jesus was born, and only Luke fabricated the "Christmas Story", which doesn't fit with actual history and is completely implausible. There is plenty of internal contradiction in the Bible which is why it cannot all be true.
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level 46
Aug 17, 2018
thats your opinion.
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level 54
Sep 12, 2018
@Landis not sure if you're talking to me or @Jamesgoat but either way:
1. That depends on what you mean by opinion
2. Whatever you mean by opinion, that doesn't refute the point.
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level 20
Sep 13, 2018
@TWM03 - That's your opinion.
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level 54
Sep 13, 2018
Well, it's my opinion in the sense that it's what I think. It is also completely true. Did it not help you work out why the Bible might not be true? You did ask for a response. And I thought mine was relatively unopinionated.
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level 54
Sep 13, 2018
Oh sorry - different slugs. But the fact that my response was not opinionated remains correct.
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level 20
Oct 22, 2018
@TWM03 - I mean, but like, opinion.
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level 54
Nov 9, 2018
@slugarmy - I mean, but like, trolling.
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level 47
May 8, 2015
Technically, the virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene both discovered Jesus's tomb empty.
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level 39
Sep 6, 2016
PLEASE, PEOPLE. Mary ceased being a virgin once she gave Jesus brothers (and sister?). Jesus is the only one conceived while she was a virgin!
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level 55
Sep 19, 2015
I'd say the fish God sent is without species. It was a one of a kind. I cannot think of a fish that can swallow a man whole, and not digest anything.
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level 41
Oct 10, 2015
Agreed, but everyone gets the idea
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level 74
Nov 19, 2017
The authors of the Bible thought that bats were birds and you really think they understood the difference between whales and fish?
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level 52
Mar 20, 2018
Presumably, you're referencing Leviticus 11:13 and 19 ('And these you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture...the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat').The word 'birds' there is literally עוֹף, meaning 'winged creatures' in Hebrew. The concept of a bird didn't exist in Hebrew culture until well after the alleged Biblical time of this event.
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level 74
Apr 11, 2018
Right. They were not exactly at the vanguard of phylogenetics. If they don't understand the difference between birds and bats, then why get hung up on whether some fairy tale involves a man living inside a fish or a whale. Do you think the Hebrews knew what the difference was? Do you think they knew what a mammal was? It seems pointless to me to argue about this.
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level 69
Mar 23, 2013
2.40 left. not bad for an atheist :-)
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level 20
Oct 14, 2013
Actually, good enough for an atheist, you have to really read the bible to become one.
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level 59
Nov 20, 2013
BOOM!
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level 18
Dec 22, 2014
Shots fired!
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level 18
Dec 22, 2014
I finished with 3:05.Yes
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level 22
Aug 24, 2015
Finished with 3:13
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level 58
Feb 1, 2018
Wow. Lot's of insults toward Christians. We get it. You disagree.
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level 20
Apr 22, 2013
Great quiz Quizmaster. Thanks!
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level 35
Sep 18, 2013
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho...
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level 66
Sep 30, 2013
lol I was just thinking about that...
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level 50
May 27, 2014
Oh yeah.
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level 18
Jul 25, 2014
Same song played in my head as i answered that
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level 41
Feb 16, 2015
Along with "who built the ark? Noah, Noah."
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level 22
Aug 24, 2015
Same!
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level 45
Oct 7, 2013
17/18 -- not bad for a godless heathen! I missed Joseph. I almost missed Jonah because I couldn't get Geppetto out of my head!
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level 50
May 27, 2014
Gepetto?
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level 74
May 7, 2015
Another dude swallowed by a whale who had the misfortune of being in a fictional story other than the Bible, and is therefore not as famous or well regarded.
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level 18
Dec 22, 2014
Just a story
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level 44
Dec 25, 2013
Lighten up people. It's just a quiz.
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level 40
Apr 15, 2014
was it bad the first thing that popped in my head for leading Jews to Egypt was a Technicolor dreamcoat.
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level 50
May 27, 2014
FOCL! I don't think it's BAD per se, just.... lol.
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level 18
May 29, 2014
that'sa good way to imagine him! LOL :)
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level 65
Aug 15, 2018
Why? It gives you the right answer!
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level 41
Oct 13, 2014
big fish... 100% anyway in only 1 minute
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level 74
Nov 6, 2014
Do you really think early Jews knew the difference between fish and whales?
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level 74
Nov 20, 2014
Sarah is the most well-known, but Abraham had a second wife, Keturah.
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level 78
May 7, 2015
Thank god I'm an atheist.
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level 80
May 7, 2015
I really hope the ironic nature of your comment was intentional.
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level 22
Aug 14, 2015
Right...?
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level 57
May 7, 2015
I understand the clue, but I still say baptised Jesus remains Jesus.
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level 63
May 7, 2015
i had to translate a lot of names from arabic to english but many were useless because most of the questions had to do with jesus
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level 33
Aug 22, 2015
Jonah is referred to as Jonas in the new testament! Would be nice to accept either one!
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level 12
Sep 15, 2015
good idea to point that out, im not at the new testament yet, but i think you're right.
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level 27
Dec 16, 2016
keep reading. it's totally worth it. :)
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level 12
Sep 15, 2015
im getting the feeling you're a christian. AWESOME, CAUSE I AM TOO! 7/18! yay
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level 7
Sep 20, 2015
100% with 2:24 remaining! Boo-yah!
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level 24
May 9, 2016
100% with 3:13!
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level 44
Nov 7, 2015
Levi should be allowed instead of Matthew.
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level 35
Jan 4, 2016
Too east, and I'm not even Christian.
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level 76
Aug 27, 2017
Too west, and I'm not even Buddhist.
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level 15
Jun 18, 2016
Nice quiz.
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level 66
Sep 15, 2016
We need a Bible Characters - The Letter J, based on this
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level 52
Apr 25, 2017
Pedantically speaking, you ought to accept Jesus for Joshua, since they are identical in the original Hebrew. *the more you know™*
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level 39
May 4, 2017
Actually, it was Jeshua, wasn't it?
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level 52
Aug 23, 2017
That too. It's like John vs Juan.
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level 25
Oct 28, 2017
For the longest time, I thought the clue was those who had RE-BUILT the temple. I'd typed Nehemiah and was trying to think of the next one (Ezra) lol Then I re-read the clue.
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level 74
Nov 19, 2017
Why are there so many people here commenting "fish, not whale!" ... why has this meme become SO pertinent in the minds of many Christians? I can understand feeling embarrassment when asked if you believe in a book that includes a fable about a man who lived inside of a whale, and I can understand tying to look for some way to deflect or explain away that criticism.... but.... when did anyone think that it sounds better to live inside of a fish? If anything that's even less plausible.
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level 58
Feb 1, 2018
Ok kalbahamut, we get it, you have a real problem with Christianity. Enough with the insults already! We all know you disagree with it. Comments like this are not productive, and only server to cause trouble.
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level 74
Apr 11, 2018
Nope, you don't get it at all. Not even close. Not even remotely close. I'll keep commenting until you DO get it, okay? So try again.
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level 20
Apr 18, 2018
Well, we still don't get it. Keep commenting Kal.
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level 52
Mar 20, 2018
troll (n./v.) - a person who makes a deliberately offensive or provocative online post; to make a deliberately offensive or provocative online post with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them
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level 74
Aug 16, 2018
Also not even close. A person who makes truthful, honest, sincere and factual comments, like those I've made here, is not a troll. It's not my fault if some people have such fragile and delicate beliefs that they can't handle any comment they even suspect might be critical of those beliefs.

You believe a man lived inside of a fish for over three days. And if I say this is not plausible... I'm being deliberately offensive?

Let that sink in.
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level 74
Aug 15, 2018
Some Christians believe the story actually happened and others believe it is an allegory or didactic fiction. Regardless, the lesson is the same - when we let our own fear or egos keep us from doing what we know is right, we are in a period of darkness. Through meditation and prayer we can gain insight and ascend to our higher natures or "see the light". Jonah was in the fish for three days. Three days is symbolic in the Bible - Paul was blinded for three days on the road to Damascus, Christ didn't ascend to heaven until three days after crucifixion, etc. It's not about whether or not the story is true, it's about the truth one takes from the story.
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level 74
Aug 16, 2018
I'm only speaking to the handful of Christians responding to my comment. But yes, clearly, the Bible is not literally true. Whether you want to call it allegory, fable, myth, a tall tale, greatly embellished historical fiction, or simply fabrication- it's still not true in a literal and objective sense of the word. But that doesn't change the fact that millions if not billions of people through the years have taken it as literal truth, including at least a couple commenting above, and all of those who get into arguments about whether Jonah was living inside a fish or a whale as if it matters.
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level 13
Sep 7, 2018
I personally think it is true - but thank you, that's a really nice way of saying it. :)
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level 54
Sep 12, 2018
@Isa Just because something could be taken as offensive that doesn't mean it actually is offensive. Virtually anything will offend somebody. If we're not supposed to state opinions about the Bible then why did you comment?
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level 13
Sep 13, 2018
TWM03, yes, you're right... Sorry about that - I deleted it... :)
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level 13
Sep 14, 2018
ctleng76, Yes, exactly!
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level 54
Nov 9, 2018
I'm not really sure exactly why it is that people think @kal's comment is offensive, counterproductive, an example of trolling, causing "trouble" or insulting. I kind of see that if you are a Christian you can see that it is criticising your religion and might feel offended by that, but that doesn't mean it actually is offensive. There weren't any insults in the post. There was a vague hint that believing in the story is embarassing, but that is fair because you wouldn't believe it if it was written in any other book. Believing that the story is a metaphor is a different matter, but as @kal has said lots of people actually do think it is literally true. I would actually say that if it did specify whether it was a whale or a giant fish then it is fine to argue over it in the same way that if someone said that Hagrid from Harry Potter was a giant I would be justified in correcting that to "half-giant". But they didn't know the difference then and which it is depends on the translation.
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level 49
Mar 10, 2018
I haven't seen anyone mention this, but the people who Joseph brought to Egypt and who were led out of Egypt by Moses weren't called Jews. That term originated with the country of Judah hundreds of years later.
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level 55
Apr 3, 2018
israelites
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level 41
Aug 15, 2018
Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir. So that every mouth can be fed
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level 28
Aug 15, 2018
Had to search for this line. Discovered the song. Thank you!
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level 26
Aug 15, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB3g6mXLEKk I think everyone should watch this video, for its hilarity, and for its disproving of the Bible.
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level 45
Aug 15, 2018
Just wanted to mention that Matthew was also called Levi.
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level 43
Aug 18, 2018
I don't think the Bible specifically says that Cain and Abel were Adam and Eve's first children, and thus Seth may not have been the third child.
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level 21
Aug 27, 2018
Please guys, let's not turn this into Topix evolution debate forum.
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level 13
Sep 7, 2018
I got all but Seth. :)
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level 13
Sep 7, 2018
When I first did this quiz, I thought the arrow on 'Sold his birthright to ^' meant that the arrow stood for the name of the person / answer. I only just realized it meant the answer above. I was a bit confused by that - it might help if you changed it too 'Sold his birthright to their younger brother' or something. :)