Welcome to the English Bible Quiz!

Do you read the King James Bible, New International Version, or the English Standard Version? If you read any of the many versions of the Bible that have been translated into the English language you may find it interesting to take this quiz. It will take you through time and highlight some of the history of how the scriptures came to be available to us in English.

Today we have incredible access to the scriptures. Between printed and online versions and apps, we have no shortage of options. It may be hard to imagine that there was a time when owning a copy of an English Bible for yourself was impossible or risky, but that was the case. Thanks to the vision, work, and courage of some in the past, the English Bible became available to the people. Hearts were brought out of darkness and into the light of true biblical knowledge of God in Christ.

This quuz will take you through time using different English Bible translations and some major players as coordinates. We will begin in distant days and return to our time. I have done my best to represent the history of the English Bible accurately. There are ten questions on this quiz. There are hint links if you need some help. The links lead to pages that have the answers as well as additional information concerning the question. I recommend reading the pages in full to enrich your journey. (They’re not too long.) Have fun and take your time. There is a wealth of information to be had.  At the end of each question I provide links to further reading and references.  You may read them as you go along or bookmark them to return easily later.  At the end of the quiz, there is information about free Bible software and an organization that works to bring the Bible to those who do not yet have it in their own language. I pray that those of us who already have the treasure of God’s word, cherish it and read it often. Enjoy your trip!

Quiz Begins Here

First Question

TIMELINE
500 BC: Completion of All Original Hebrew Manuscripts which make up The 39 Books of the Old Testament.
200 BC: Completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts which contain The 39 Old Testament Books AND 14 Apocrypha Books.
1st Century AD: Completion of All Original Greek Manuscripts which make up The 27 Books of the New Testament.
Timeline credit: www.greatsite.com

During the early centuries of the church many of the New Testament books were well received as scripture.  However, some books were disputed and some other texts not contained within the New Testament today vied for acceptance.  As a result, different lists of texts that were regarded as scripture developed.  In time, the list of the 27 books that we know as the New Testament was officially recognized at Church councils, the first being the Council of Hippo in 393 A.D. Twenty-six years earlier, an important leader in the church had already presented a list of the books that he regarded as being “in the canon” in an Easter letter to his churches. That list was the same as the 27 books of our New Testament. He is viewed as the first to present such a list. Who was that man?

A. Jerome
B. Eusebius of Caesarea
C. Athanasius of Alexandria
D. Justin Martyr

Hint
Christianity.com – Church history timeline

Remember! Reading the hint article in full will enrich your journey.