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Quiz about BBB Bible Series Ezra
Quiz about BBB Bible Series Ezra

BBB Bible Series: Ezra Trivia Quiz


The first half of the book pair of Ezra-Nehemiah, Ezra begins the story of the return to Jerusalem. Now go and read Ezra *before* doing this quiz!

A multiple-choice quiz by Rimrunner. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Rimrunner
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
333,721
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
600
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 51 (9/10), Guest 27 (7/10), Guest 173 (6/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Cyrus, King of Persia, commanded that the Jews in exile should return to Jerusalem to rebuild God's Temple there. What were his instructions to Persian citizens with regard to departing Jews? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. According to Ezra 1:5, who accompanied the heads of houses, the priests and Levites? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Ezra 2:64-67 gives a very precise tally of the company that arrived at Jerusalem: 42360 Jews, together with 7337 servants, and a large number of animals. What accompanying group is listed at the end of verse 65? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In Chapter 3, from "the first day of the seventh month", what did the Jews begin to do? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. What happened in "the second month of the second year of their coming to ... Jerusalem" according to Ezra 3:8, 10? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Other tribes offered to help in the work on the Temple but their help was rejected by Zerubbabel and the rest of the Jews. Angered, these tribes tried to hinder the work in any way they could, but failed to stop it. What, according to Ezra 4:6-16, did they do next? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In Ezra 5:1, which two prophets are named as instigating a renewal of the building work on the Temple? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Later on, the Persian governor Tattenai wrote a letter to Darius asking what action should be taken in regard to the renewed building work on the Temple. Tattenai says in his letter that when he asked the Jewish elders on whose authority they were acting, they gave what answer? (Ezra 5:11, NKJV) Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. King Darius' response was to approve the completion of the Temple; however, as described in Ezra 6:8-10, he added an unexpected further command. What was this? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In Ezra 10:7 we see that on Ezra's authority, "all the descendants of the captivity" were ordered to gather at Jerusalem. What was the reason for the compulsory national meeting? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Cyrus, King of Persia, commanded that the Jews in exile should return to Jerusalem to rebuild God's Temple there. What were his instructions to Persian citizens with regard to departing Jews?

Answer: to help them with silver and gold, goods and livestock

Cyrus actually says that God has told him to see that the Temple of Jerusalem is rebuilt! "All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah." (Ezra 1:2, NKJV).
In addition to giving the assistance commanded by Cyrus to returning Jews, he also encourages voluntary donations specifically for the rebuilding of the Temple (verse 4b).
2. According to Ezra 1:5, who accompanied the heads of houses, the priests and Levites?

Answer: all those whose spirits God had moved

Not all the Jews in exile returned at once. This verse indicates that it was those whom God had called who returned first. Many others remained in Persia for a long time to come. Cyrus took Babylon in 539 BC, and issued this command soon afterwards. Nehemiah's return to Jerusalem, for example, took place nearly a hundred years later. Following the first return, led by Zerubbabel, Jews seem to have continued to leave Persia for Jerusalem in groups until at least 400 BC.
3. Ezra 2:64-67 gives a very precise tally of the company that arrived at Jerusalem: 42360 Jews, together with 7337 servants, and a large number of animals. What accompanying group is listed at the end of verse 65?

Answer: 200 men and women singers

There is no mention of any escort of Persian soldiers, nor of any Persian citizens (who were not Jewish). These singers could well have been important for their role in remembering and communicating the lore of Israel while in Exile, as well as for their role in worship in synagogues and in the Temple. (cf. 2 Chronicles 25:35)
4. In Chapter 3, from "the first day of the seventh month", what did the Jews begin to do?

Answer: offer burnt offerings to the Lord

While Haggai was to rail against the Jews' provision for themselves before they provided for God's Temple, that came much later. The Jews began by reinstituting the worship of JHWH, with the morning and evening burnt offerings, and all the prescribed sacrifices.
5. What happened in "the second month of the second year of their coming to ... Jerusalem" according to Ezra 3:8, 10?

Answer: work began on the foundations of the Temple

While it seems to us today that a delay of more than a year in beginning work on the Temple (their whole purpose in returning to Jerusalem!) is very slow progress, we need to bear in mind that in those days there was no such civilised support system in place to sustain life, such as we have today. No supermarkets, modern transport, hospitals or schools - the returning exiles had first to put in place enough of a base on which to survive: to plant crops, close off fields, dig or open wells, etc. Only after they had done this was it possible for them to give their attention to beginning work on the Temple.
6. Other tribes offered to help in the work on the Temple but their help was rejected by Zerubbabel and the rest of the Jews. Angered, these tribes tried to hinder the work in any way they could, but failed to stop it. What, according to Ezra 4:6-16, did they do next?

Answer: they wrote a letter to Artaxerxes, accusing the Jews of rebellion

A very clever letter, in which they pointed out all the old history of Jerusalem and the Jews, and every case they could remember in which Jerusalem had rebelled against her ruling overlords. They also wrote as if it were Jerusalem being rebuilt, and neglected to point out that most of the work was focused upon the Temple!
7. In Ezra 5:1, which two prophets are named as instigating a renewal of the building work on the Temple?

Answer: Haggai and Zechariah

Ezra and Nehemiah were not prophets, but Jewish leaders! (Nehemiah 8:9 describes Nehemiah as a governor, Ezra as 'priest and scribe'.)
Hosea and Malachi are the first and last of the minor prophets (the Twelve); Hosea prophesied in Israel before the fall of Samaria, and Malachi in Judah after the Temple had been rebuilt.
Habakkuk and Zephaniah both prophesied during the Exile in Babylon, before the return.
8. Later on, the Persian governor Tattenai wrote a letter to Darius asking what action should be taken in regard to the renewed building work on the Temple. Tattenai says in his letter that when he asked the Jewish elders on whose authority they were acting, they gave what answer? (Ezra 5:11, NKJV)

Answer: we are the servants of the God of heaven and earth

While there is nothing specific in the text, one just has such a feeling that some angry little bird whispered in the governor's ear, complaining about the Jews and their Temple. *Something* certainly stirred Tattenai to investigate what was going on! However, the Jews cleverly referred the enquiry back to Cyrus's original command to restore the Temple in Jerusalem (without mentioning the interim letter from Artaxerxes which prohibited further work). One must remember that this was many decades after the initial return, and only the written records could authoritatively report what the commands of the Persian kings had been.
9. King Darius' response was to approve the completion of the Temple; however, as described in Ezra 6:8-10, he added an unexpected further command. What was this?

Answer: The building costs were to be paid out of the king's own taxes

This is almost as startling as Cyrus's original command. Rulers in those days were extremely possessive about their taxes - how else could they continue to govern? Darius not only commands that the building costs be covered by his taxes from that district, but that this money be paid directly to the builders!
Furthermore, anyone who hindered the work on the Temple was to be hanged from the roofbeam of his own (destroyed) house. (Ezra 6:11-12)
10. In Ezra 10:7 we see that on Ezra's authority, "all the descendants of the captivity" were ordered to gather at Jerusalem. What was the reason for the compulsory national meeting?

Answer: widespread intermarriage with the pagan tribes

Ezra 9 and 10 conclude with the story of the purification of the Jews: beginning with Ezra (who appears to have gone into mourning on behalf of the nation, rather than from personal guilt), and supported by Shechaniah, the Jews determined to cleanse themselves (spiritually) in obedience to God's command. In spite of the fact that the worst offenders were among the leaders of the people (Ezra 9:2b), the pagan wives and their children were 'put away'.

This is a marked change in the history of Israel's relationship with God: for the first time, the Jews were choosing to be faithful, and were sufficiently in earnest to sustain this faithfulness. What happened to the women and children who were turned out is not recorded.
Source: Author Rimrunner

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