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Books of the Bible That are Words

With the help of a definition, can you guess the books of the Protestant Bible that are also words in the English language?
Not counting books that start with numbers like 1 Kings
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Last updated: November 16, 2023
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Definition
Book
The point when something
comes into being
Genesis
Departure of a large number of people
Exodus
Numerals
Numbers
Officials who administer law
Judges
Mercy, compassion
Ruth
Task for which one is paid
Job
Religious songs
Psalms
Definition
Book
Short sayings which express wisdom
Proverbs
Sorrowful cries
Lamentations
To write on, label, or deface something
Mark
One who solicits a prostitute
John
Subdivisions of a play
Acts
The moment at which something
hidden becomes apparent
Revelation
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Level 43
Nov 17, 2023
Wow...its been a while since I read the bible and even then I still got most of them, retried it and got them all :0
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Level 75
Nov 26, 2023
Certainly helps having once been a Christian
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Level 71
Nov 17, 2023
What about Hebrews? Ruth was a total guess for me, just based on what it was in between.
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Level 90
Nov 17, 2023
Though the instructions don't mention it, I'm guessing proper nouns are not acceptable.
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Level 76
Nov 23, 2023
otherwise every book that was a name (Hosea, Joel, Amos, basically most of them) would count!
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Level 65
Nov 24, 2023
He brews is two words.
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2024
Oops, my brain was like "that's not a place name, so it should be good"
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Level 58
Nov 17, 2023
got 4
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Level 65
Nov 17, 2023
Huh, I did not know that ruth was a word. In fact, the spell check has just underlined it as I'm typing this...
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Level 86
Nov 17, 2023
Today it is basically only ever used in the form "ruthless".
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Level 76
Nov 19, 2023
I always wondered if other words like that exist--feck(less), (non)plussed, etc.
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Level 61
Nov 19, 2023
There's also "nocent", an old word for "guilty", which is the opposite of "innocent".
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Level 76
Feb 9, 2024
Oh, there are lots! They're called unpaired words: either words that sound like they should have a related word and do not, or whose related word has fallen into dialectical obscurity. "Nonplussed" is an example of the former, coming from the Latin non plus, meaning "no more." Meanwhile, "feckless" is the latter, because while the works of Thomas Carlyle brought "feckless" into general usage, the opposing "feckful" remains limited to Scottish English.
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Level 86
Nov 18, 2023
I did similar, and then it clicked in my mind after typing it. We use ruthless, but not ruth (I'm getting a red line under it as it's lower-case). Nonplussed and plussed is the same - we use the antonym, but not the original word.
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2024
You would think from my nym that I would have guessed "Ruth." Nope.
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Level 76
Feb 9, 2024
"Nonplussed" is actually a little different, in that there is no original "plussed." It was formed directly from the Latin non plus, meaning "no more."
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Level 82
Nov 17, 2023
Book of Kings?
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Level 90
Nov 17, 2023
See the note at the top of the quiz.
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Level 72
Nov 17, 2023
This slang usage of the word "John" does not exist in, for example, my Chambers dictionary. Not really a word in the English language as such then.
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Level 82
Nov 17, 2023
If a random dictionary doesn't include a word, it doesn't magically leave the language. It's in Merriam-Webster for example.
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Level 86
Nov 18, 2023
Chambers is not a random dictionary - it's the de-facto standard British dictionary for crossword compilers (and was the official Scrabble dictionary until 2005) - because it covers less conventional/slangly terms that other dictionaries didn't until online versions superceded paper ones.

Despite being British, Chambers is fine with North American slang - and has the following entry for john (that would be better for this quiz):

john noun, N Amer colloq (usually the john) a lavatory.

ETYMOLOGY: 20c: from the name John.

https://chambers.co.uk/search/?query=john&title=21st

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Level 78
Nov 20, 2023
a 'john' is also a slang name for one who solicits a prostitute as per the clue.
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Level 79
Dec 13, 2023
So are you saying that all of us Americans are wrong or lying when we tell you that "John" is in fact absolutely the word that we most commonly call a man who solicits a prostitute?? Because it is and your British dictionary is wrong on this one lol.
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Level 74
Feb 9, 2024
American here. I've never heard the term John used in this context.
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Level 81
Feb 9, 2024
You must never have watched police dramas, especially Law & Order which has been on since 1990.
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Level 81
Nov 17, 2023
What about Wisdom?
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Level 80
Nov 17, 2023
That one's a bit weird because it's deuterocanonical.

I mean: you could still make a decent case for it being included here, sure, but if I had to guess, that's probably why it's not. This site being what it is, you'd almost certainly get a good number of Protestants (and others) complaining that that's not a book of the Bible - and Quizmaster probably just doesn't want to deal with that.

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Level ∞
Nov 17, 2023
Added "Protestant" to the description, thank you.
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Level 76
Nov 19, 2023
I learned a new word today--ruth.
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Level 92
Nov 20, 2023
Kind of an interesting linguistic situation, most people are familiar with "ruthless," but we don't think of the base word as anything but a name.
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Level 68
Nov 20, 2023
Ruth?
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Level 77
Nov 20, 2023
If the Quizmaster took that one out, this quiz would be.........Ruthless.
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2024
Which is worth a trip to the smoggy streets of Los Angeles, where private eye Nick Danger walks ruthlessly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwG5c9IsgbA

And doggedly too, as you'll find out if you give it a listen.

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Level 52
Feb 9, 2024
I don't think "Job" should be here. It's not pronounced the same as the word "job" meaning "work".
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Level 79
Feb 9, 2024
I never knew it was pronounced differently! (i.e. 'jobe' instead of 'job')
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Level 68
Feb 9, 2024
It's GOB (George Oscar Bluth).
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Level 59
Feb 9, 2024
Never heard of John in this context
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Level 79
Feb 9, 2024
Same, although I've heard it in the context of 'toilet'.
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Level 56
Feb 9, 2024
What's a bit bizarre is that twice the number of people have got it as have got ruth, which is the actual meaning of the word.
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Level 78
Feb 9, 2024
There are only two books between "Mark" and "Acts". That helped me, since I didn't know this meaning of "John", but I know the Bible.
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Level 68
Feb 11, 2024
Was hoping to see "Movement of Jah people" as a clue.