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Life of Jesus

Can you name these facts about the life of Jesus according to the New Testament?
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First submittedFebruary 1, 2017
Last updatedApril 16, 2017
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Jesus was born in this city
Bethlehem
His mother
Mary
His earthly father
Joseph
Profession of the above
Carpenter
This Judean king tried to kill the baby Jesus
Herod
City where Jesus grew up
Nazareth
Jesus most likely spoke this language
Aramaic
Person who baptized Jesus
John the Baptist
Jesus saw the Holy Spirit in the form of this animal
Dove
Sermon where he said "blessed are the meek"
Sermon on the Mount
Four of the twelve apostles were of this profession
Fishermen
Jesus turned water into this
Wine
This holiday celebrates his arrival in Jerusalem riding a donkey
Palm Sunday
He threw this group of people out of the temple
Moneychangers (and merchants)
He raised this person from the dead
Lazarus (and two others)
The name for his final meal with his apostles. Famously painted
by Leonardo da Vinci
The Last Supper
This apostle betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver
Judas Iscariot
This Roman leader reluctantly sentenced him to death
Pontius Pilate
What his crown was made of
Thorns
He was crucified on this hill
Calvary
Holiday that celebrates his resurrection
Easter
This apostle doubted his resurrection
Thomas
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level 85
Feb 1, 2017
Thank you for this quiz. Might I suggest you include Golgotha and Gagulta as acceptable answers to the question regarding the hill upon which Jesus was crucified?
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level 16
May 24, 2019
cool right
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level 76
Feb 1, 2017
Golgotha gets a lot more Google hits than Golgatha. If you accept the latter, maybe you should accept the former. (Plus, that's the way it's spelled in the KJV.)
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level ∞
Feb 1, 2017
More spellings of Golgotha will work now...
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level 71
Feb 1, 2017
Struggled with Golgotah as well, which is what I've always heard it called in my language, until I remembered seing "calvary" used in another quiz a few days ago. Wasn't able to figure out "aramaic" though, even after trying every variation of what "arraméen" might be like in English that I could think of..
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level 76
Feb 1, 2017
Again confusion between the definition of apostle and disciple. Disciples are followers, which the 12 were during Jesus' time of ministry. They became apostles when Jesus died and they went from being followers to leaders spreading the message. Judas was never an apostle, he was dead before anyone became an apostle.
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level ∞
Feb 2, 2017
According to Wikipedia, the terms are synonymous:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostles
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judas_Iscariot#Role_as_an_apostle

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level 72
Feb 2, 2017
Could you change the wording of the final meal a bit? I realise I was being dim but I thought it was asking for what they ate so was trying bread and wine and figured that must have been the menu for some other meal when it wasn't accepted
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level ∞
Feb 2, 2017
Sure. I added Leonardo da Vinci to the clue to make it more obvious.
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level 73
Feb 9, 2017
QM Throwing Shade..."more obvious." Like dude...it was obvious already...sigh...here's DaVinci to make it MORE obvious. I'm sure not the intent, but still funny.
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level ∞
Feb 9, 2017
Haha. Not the intent. But I can see how you could read it that way.
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level 72
Feb 2, 2017
Any chance you could remove "pilat" as an answer option? I cannot find Pilate's name spelt that way in any language, and it'll save people like me looking up at my next answer seeing it appear as "ethorns" and not be accepted ("ethorns" unfortunately isn't a type-in for "thorns")
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level 73
Feb 2, 2017
It's Pilat in all Slavic languages.
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level 73
Feb 2, 2017
Very easy quiz if you went to R.E.
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level 51
Apr 16, 2017
What is R.E.?
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level 61
Apr 16, 2017
Religious Education, a subject in some schools.
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level 63
Feb 4, 2017
Brought up as a christian and I get 14. Sigh :-(
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level 59
Feb 11, 2017
Should say "Leonardo da Vinci"
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level ∞
Apr 16, 2017
Removed the extraneous space
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level 20
Apr 16, 2017
My mistakes are only in terms of my language skills about the Easter holiday. However, at the temple question the first word that came to mind was 'traders' which is not wronger than 'merchats'. And 'Lazar' was counted as wrong answer because I wrote it as I know this person in my language - without the '-us' at the ed. I also struggled to guess the correct form of the Aramaic language - I tried aramian aramean and so on...
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level 76
Apr 16, 2017
More accurate title would be myth-of-jesus, since this is based on the New Testament and not the historical Jesus, assuming that there even was one of the latter. Easy five points regardless.
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level 46
Apr 16, 2017
Correct if I am wrong but is there not historical proof that Jesus existed? Not that he was God but that he was a person. Outside of the Lazarus question and perhaps the Sermon of the Mount there is not much on here in way of religious beliefs. Not a big deal, I just do not see the problem with calling this Life of Jesus.
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level 46
Apr 16, 2017
The water into wine i missed, but how else would you ask a question about Easter?
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level 76
Apr 23, 2017
okay I will correct you because you are wrong. There is actually *zero* proof that Jesus was a real person. I'm not saying that he was not. My personal opinion is that he probably was. But that doesn't change the fact that there definitely is no proof. And they've looked. A lot. Archaeology as a discipline essentially was invented by Christians going to Palestine looking for artifacts to validate their faith.
While there are many scholars who have spent lifetimes studying/writing about the historicity of Jesus, they've had very little to work with. The "historical Jesus" that they've constructed is all speculative. The story of Jesus as written about in the Bible, a religious document, is internally inconsistent and in some cases it has not been corroborated by independent 3rd party sources; in other cases it has been proven false. We're all very familiar with this story, but since its historicity has not been established it's more accurate to call the story a myth.
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level 76
Apr 23, 2017
and bear in mind that many myths are based on or contain some truth or history in them.
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level 46
Apr 23, 2017
Okay I apologize, I was under the impression that non biblical roman sources that showed his existence. I don't want to get into personal religious beliefs, but I want to let you know that I am not a right wing religious radical, that believes that the bible has to be taken as a historical source. I was just wrong in this instance, thanks for the information.
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level 70
May 14, 2017
kalbahamut:...in other cases it has been proven false.

What are these other cases where the Bible has been proven to be false? I've yet to find a single instance where this has actually been so. And no, the Bible does not say that the creative days of Genesis were only 24 hours in length apiece. Creationists wrongly conclude that, not the Bible.
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level 76
Sep 21, 2017
Don: there are hundreds of examples, and yes the account of the creation of the Universe in Genesis is obviously false but I wasn't even thinking about that I was thinking of the story of Jesus found in the NT. One example of a historically inaccurate detail of that story is the description of the census being taken that prompted Joseph and Mary to travel to Bethlehem. No such census ever took place, not as described. For something a little more fanciful, what about Matthew 27:52 talking about "many" zombies coming to life and roaming about Jerusalem where they were seen by many people. And yet there is not a single extra-Biblical account of this event. You would think that something like that would make an impression! Matthew and Luke both talk about a darkness covering the entire Earth at the time of the crucifixion... in addition to being impossible this was also not recorded anywhere by anyone. Not in Israel. Not in Rome. Not in China. I could go on.
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level 76
Apr 1, 2018
packersfan: the most commonly cited early Roman sources that mention Jesus are writings by Pliny, Tacitus, Suetonius, and Josephus. The youngest of these men was born in 37 AD, the oldest in 69 AD. Jesus is said to have been executed around 33 AD. So none of these men could have been contemporaries of Jesus. If they wrote about him at all, it was decades after his alleged crucifixion.

In the case of Josephus, the earliest and probably most cited reference, often given as the "best proof" of a historical Jesus, it has been pretty well established by now that the passage being referenced is a forgery added to Josephus' work after the fact.
The other three references come later. All are brief. There is some dispute over whether or not the Pliny reference is really referring to Jesus or not. They mention the persecution of Christians in passing.
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level 76
Apr 1, 2018
All three of the more credible references mention Jesus or Christ only as he relates to Christians in the Empire. These passages provide evidence that there were Christians. They do not provide evidence that there was a Christ.

It would be very much the equivalent of me writing down "I traveled to Mecca where I met many Muslims. These Muslims read from the holy book Qu'ran which was dictated by the prophet Muhammad, whom they venerate." - I could write that. It's true. But it's not evidence for there being a historical Muhammad in the 7th century. It's only evidence for there being Muslims today.

The existence of Christians in the Roman Empire by the 1st century is pretty well established. By the 2nd century it's extensively documented. But outside of the Bible the existence of Jesus is not recorded in any surviving text from the time he was alive.
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level 57
Oct 10, 2018
@Don, not only is the length of time in Genesis wrong, but the order is wrong too. It says that plants were created before the sun! How they managed to photosynthesise is never mentioned... This example is only one of countless places where the Bible gets it wrong. Noah's ark never happened. Exodus almost certainly never happened (although it is logically possible for some of the things it says to be true). @kalbahamut's example is correct too. Two of the Gospels contradict each other here. One says there was a census where they had to go to Bethlehem from Nazareth (a census did happen around that time, but after Herod died which makes the subsequent persecution by Herod impossible. And they wouldn't have had to go to Bethlehem). Another says that Mary and Joseph lived in Bethlehem and only moved to Nazareth after Jesus was born. They can't both be true.
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level 49
Apr 16, 2017
Considering the instructions say "according to the new testament" I doubt there are any references to Jesus being a myth.
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level 76
Apr 1, 2018
right. and that's fine. All I said was that the title of the quiz could be more accurate. The content of the quiz is fine as is, given the instructions.
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level 51
Apr 16, 2017
I seem to recall you commenting on another quiz that Christians should go and make their own quizzes.
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level 76
Apr 23, 2017
I don't recall saying anything like that but even if I did, what does that have to do with anything?
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level 51
Aug 24, 2017
It was the mythical locations quiz, and you said you'd leave them alone. So why so many comments here?
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level 76
Apr 1, 2018
So you think Quizmaster made this quiz in response to my comment, (which I never made) to create a safe space for you?

I left a single comment. People responded to it. I responded back.
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level 58
Apr 16, 2017
love it, that really was god bothering by numbers for idiots/athiests. thanks pal.
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level 79
Apr 16, 2017
Probably shouldn't call atheists idiots if you can't spell "atheist" right, just sayin'.
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level 43
Apr 16, 2017
Facts? Yeah right. We have no proof Jesus existed, even if he did exist, we don't know if all these facts are accurate. Just saying :)
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level 51
Apr 16, 2017
'According to the New Testament'.
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level 65
Apr 17, 2017
Please accept "Pascha" as an alternative answer for "Easter." Eastern Orthodox Christians most commonly refer to the day of Christ's resurrection as Pascha.
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level 64
Apr 17, 2017
Also, Eastern Orthodox Christians often call Palm Sunday "Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem" or something similar.
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level 73
Apr 18, 2017
There are many other names, in Catholic Eastern Europe it's mostly Flower Sunday.
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level 70
Aug 13, 2018
Yeah, we want to type "Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem or something similar" instead of "Palm Sunday", please.
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level 68
Apr 17, 2017
Comment completely unrelated to the quiz: My pet annoyance (#312) is the people who call horse soldiers the "calvary".
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level 67
Apr 17, 2017
What did Jesus tell the disciples at the Last Supper? "Sit on this side if you want to be in the picture"
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level 46
Apr 18, 2017
Lol
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level 41
Apr 18, 2017
All correct, not bad for a Jewish boy :)
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level 46
Apr 18, 2017
To be fair Jesus was also a Jewish Boy
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level 53
Dec 11, 2017
[facepalm] Being Jewish, I would hope you would get a good score.
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level 59
Apr 18, 2017
I believe there are parts of the Bible where Jesus speaks in Hebrew, so I struggled with the language clue... Guessed Hebrew, Latin, Arabic and even English.
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level 73
Apr 19, 2017
"Merchant" (without an s) doesn't work. Shouldn't it? (Although I admit I was trying it for the apostles' profession!)
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level 38
Dec 19, 2017
No, it should not. He did not throw out just one person.
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level 46
Feb 16, 2018
I wrote crown of thorns and thorn crown
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level 60
Mar 31, 2018
Any chance of adding other options for the moneychangers / merchant answer? I tried a heap of things that wouldn’t work, for example ‘traders’.
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level 76
Apr 1, 2018
money lenders works
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level 65
May 24, 2018
I enjoyed this quiz. Thank you. I love all the Bible quizzes on here. I thought of a relevant Bible verse for a quiz about the life of Jesus and indeed about our trying to remember things about Him: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
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level 38
Sep 1, 2019
I put Psalm Sunday. I should've realised I did that.