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Bethel and Dan: Forgotten Temples
Old Testament / Tanakh
"You have heard of the temple of YHWH in Jerusalem but there are also other places of worship in the Bible. Explore two central temples of YHWH in the northern kingdom of Israel, in the cities of Bethel and Dan. (Jerusalem Bible translation)"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
These places of worship are very controversial in the Bible. At times they are given great respect as being rooted in the worship of the patriarchs and at times they are condemned vehemently. Let us see how much you really know about them. The quiz is based on the Hebrew Massoretic text of the Bible and complies to the Jerusalem Bible translation unless explained otherwise.
What does the name Bethel mean in Hebrew?
gate to heaven
city of angels
house of God
city of idolatry
What is the city of Dan named after?
A canaanite deity
One of the tribes of Israel
The person who founded the city
All of these
Which of the following is NOT another name used to refer to Bethel in the Bible?
What was the city of Dan formerly known as?
Laish or Leshem
Egoz or Luz
Kiriath-arba or Kiriath-sepher
Jebus or Salem
Where is Bethel situated?
in the inheritance of Judah, adjacent to the border with Ephraim
in the inheritance of Ephraim, adjacent to the border with Judah
In the inheritance of Benjamin, adjacent to the border with Ephraim.
in the inheritance of Dan, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea
Where is Dan situated?
on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea
in the Negeb, the southern desert
in the far north of Eretz Israel
in the heart of Samaria
What of the following occurred in Bethel according to the Bible?
all of these
Jacob had a dream of a ladder that reaches the heavens
Jacob wrestled the Angel of YHWH
eleven tribes of Israel gathered to annihilate the tribe of Benjamin
King Jeroboam, the first king of Israel as a separate entity from Judah, set up two golden calves that symbolized YHWH. He set one in Bethel and one in Dan thus making them the sanctioned religious centers of the kingdom.
According to the Bible, who or what eradicated the religious worship in these holy sites once and for all?
The Assyrian conquest and exile
The Babylonian conquest and exile
Here's a tough one: what is believed by some scholars to have been an important part of the rituals of worship in Bethel?
ritual bull fights
According to the Septuagint (as well as other ancient sources) - the first priest of the temple in Dan was a descendant of whom?
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Compiled Jun 28 12