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25 Scoundrels in the Bible -- 'A' Through to 'Z'
"It might come as a surprise to some, but the Bible is full of scoundrels. This quiz takes an alphabetical look at 25 scoundrels, 'A' through to 'Z' with the letters 'X' and 'Y' combined for one question. (The NKJV and the NIV were used.)"
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The letter 'A'. Perhaps the most notorious thief in the Hebrew Bible, or the Old Testament of the English Bible, is the man who stole a number of valuable items in Canaan while the Israelites were preparing to drive out the inhabitants and assume possession of the Promised Land. Scripture reports the LORD turned against the Israelites due to the actions of the thief and Joshua experienced bitter defeat at Ai. What was the name of the thief, as per Joshua 7?
The letter 'B' What's the name of the "notorious" prisoner who was released by the crowd, rather than Jesus, before Christ's crucifixion, as per Matthew 27:16?
The letter 'C'. Cain, of course, was the world's first murderer when he killed his brother Abel. According to Genesis 4:4-5, why did Cain kill his younger brother?
He was angry because Abel had ridiculed him and spread gossip.
He was jealous because Abel's offering was more pleasing to the LORD.
He was jealous because Abel was favored over him by Adam and Eve.
He was envious of Abel and wanted ownership of his flock of sheep.
The letter 'D'. Scripture reports Samson was betrayed by his mistress who was bribed by five Philistine rulers to find out the secret to his brute strength. What was the name of his mistress? (Judges 16:4)
The letter 'E'. What high priest of Israel had two sons who are described as "corrupt" in the NKJV and as "scoundrels" in the NIV, and had sexual relations with the women who served at the entrance of the tabernacle of meeting? (1 Samuel 2.)
The letter 'F'. What was the name of the Roman governor of Judea who kept Paul imprisoned in Caesarea for two years simply because he "wanted to do the Jews a favor"? (Acts 24:27)
The letter 'G'. Who was the servant of the prophet Elisha who was struck by leprosy after he fraudulently obtained money and clothes from Naaman? (2 Kings 5:20-27)
The letter 'H'. When it comes to diabolical leaders, one doesn't have to look beyond the Bible to find mind-boggling examples. One king in the New Testament of the English Bible was so determined to maintain his hold on power that he ordered all the male infants aged two and under killed. Who was the diabolical king? (Matthew 2:13-18)
The letter 'I'. In a futile attempt to impress David, whom did Baanah and Rechab murder, as per 2 Samuel 4?
The letter 'J'. Who was the disciple who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver prior to His crucifixion? (Matthew 26:14-16)
The letter 'K'. According to the 16th chapter of Numbers, a man led a revolt against Moses and he was killed along with all his associates when the earth opened up and swallowed them. What was his name?
The letter 'L'. Jacob's father-in-law was as devious as they come. According to the 29th chapter of Genesis, he duped Jacob into working fourteen years for him to win the hands of his two daughters. What was the devious man's name?
The letter 'M'. When it comes to the Bible, dial 'M' for murder. What person who was raised in the Pharaoh's household ended up enraging the Pharaoh when he murdered an Egyptian? (Exodus 2)
The letter 'N'. 1 Kings 21:12-14 tells of two scoundrels bringing false charges against an innocent man with the end result that he was killed by stoning. It was all part of an evil plan so a king and his conniving wife could assume ownership of a vineyard close to where they lived. What was the name of the man who was stoned?
The Letter 'O'. Onesimus was the run-away slave who met up with Paul in Rome and ended up becoming a Christian. In addition to running away from his master Philemon, what else is Onesimus suspected to have done, as per Philemon 1:18?
Stole money, or property, from Philemon.
Set Philemon's dwelling ablaze.
Spread malicious gossip about Philemon.
Made arrangements to have Philemon killed.
The letter 'P'. Before rising to become the second most powerful man in Egypt, Joseph had some major setbacks to deal with, not the least of which he was sold into slavery by his own brothers. Then, when it appeared things were going much better, he was thrown into prison after being falsely accused of attempted rape. What is the name of the woman who made up the charge against Joseph? (Genesis 39)
The Letter 'Q'. Queen Athaliah was as despicable as they come. In fact, she has to rank as one of the most diabolical queens in history. According to 2 Kings 11:1-20, what mind-boggling thing did she do to cement her hold on power?
Killed the family of the King of Syria.
Killed her own grandchildren.
Forced the people onto a starvation diet.
Accepted bribes from the King of Persia.
The letter 'R'. The first thief in the Hebrew Bible, or the Old Testament of the English Bible, was a woman who stole the household gods of her father. Who was the woman, as per Genesis 31:19?
The letter 'S'. What's the name of the woman who was struck dead along with her husband Ananias for withholding money from the early church? (Acts 5:1-11)
The letter 'T'. What's the name of the woman who posed as a prostitute and tricked her father-in-law into impregnating her? (Genesis 38:1-30)
The letter 'U'. Uriah, a loyal soldier and the husband of Bathsheba, was killed in battle after David had an adulterous affair with his wife and she became pregnant. According to 2 Samuel 11:15, David ordered Uriah to be placed in the front line where the fighting was fiercest and then had all the men withdraw. True to the plan, Uriah was killed. Who did David call upon to do the dirty work for him to ensure Uriah would be killed? (2 Samuel 11:14-17)
The letter 'V'. Out of the four words below, what one best describes Simeon and Levi immediately after their sister Dinah was defiled by Shechem? (Genesis 34:25-29)
The letter 'W' is for Wicked Woman. There is no disputing the wife of King Ahab was wicked. In fact, she is generally perceived as the most wicked woman in the Bible, and that's saying a mouthful and then some. Her wickedness comes from the fact she was basically at war with the prophets of God and wanted to have them exterminated so the Israelites could worship false gods, according to Scripture. Who is this wicked woman? (2 Kings 9)
The letters 'X' and 'Y'. What 'Y' word best describes the evil king Manasseh when he first assumed power? (2 Kings 21:1)
The letter 'Z'. In New Testament times, it was a given that tax collectors were as crooked as a barrel of fish hooks. The general population loathed tax collectors because they were traitors working for the Romans who became wealthy by overcharging people and pocketing the difference. With this background, who would be generally regarded as "the biggest crook in Jericho"? (Luke 19:1-10)
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Compiled Aug 03 12