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Bible Trivia: Great Romances of the Bible

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Lori Colbo loves to write about her Christian faith and the Bible to encourage and inspire others.

Ruth meets Boaz in his barely field.

Ruth meets Boaz in his barely field.

Ruth and Boaz

The courtship of Ruth and Boaz is fascinating, endearing, and rich in unusual cultural customs. We come to a greater understanding of the value of virtue, respect, humility, and kindness between a man and woman during their courtship and marriage.

Ruth and Boaz quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Ruth and Boaz met...
    • When Boaz attended the funeral for Naomi's son who was Ruth's husband.
    • When Ruth was gleaning in Boaz's barley fields.
    • When Boaz came to Naomi's house to hire Ruth to tend the field hands during the barley harvest.
  2. The courtship and marriage between Ruth and Boaz was an unlikely union. Why?
    • Because Boaz was of royalty and Ruth was a poor widow, a commoner.
    • Because Ruth was already betrothed to Naomi's son.
    • Because Ruth was a foreigner from Moab, and Hebrews didn't mix with people from Moab.
  3. Why was Boaz so impressed with Ruth?
    • She was a hard worker and didn't complain.
    • Because of the loyalty she showed to her mother-in-law, Naomi.
    • Because she gave water to his men who worked in the hot fields harvesting.
  4. What kindness did Boaz offer Ruth?
    • He ordered the field hands to discreetly let extra grain fall so Ruth could glean it.
    • He made sure she gleaned only in his field to protect her and make sure she was safe.
    • He gave her food and water to take back to Naomi
    • All of the above.
  5. When Naomi found out Ruth was gleaning in the fields of Boaz, she was happy because...
    • Boaz was going out of his way to make sure they had plenty of grain.
    • Boaz was her close relative and this could be an opportunity to play matchmaker.
    • Boaz was her close relative and was responsible for providing for them for the rest of their lives.
  6. Naomi devised a plan to bring Boaz and Ruth together so they could marry. What was it?
    • She feigned illness, called for Boaz, and told him she was dying and Ruth would make a good wife.
    • She had Ruth bring gifts to Boaz to initiate a courtship, which was a common custom of the day.
    • When Boaz went to sleep at the threshing floor, Ruth was to lay at his feet and ask him to spread his cover over her
  7. A closer kinsman agreed to forgo his right to buy land and wed Ruth and defer to Boaz. How did they seal the agreement?
    • They kissed each other on the cheeks 7 times and bowed.
    • Boaz took off a sandal and handed it to the kinsman, who reciprocated in kind.
    • The kinsman shook the dust off his feet and in the sight of the city officials.
  8. Boaz and Ruth were married and had a son named Obed. What was special about Obed?
    • He brought joy back to his grandmother Naomi.
    • He became the grandfather of David.
    • His mixed heritage brought him special privileges.

Answer Key

  1. When Ruth was gleaning in Boaz's barley fields.
  2. Because Ruth was a foreigner from Moab, and Hebrews didn't mix with people from Moab.
  3. Because of the loyalty she showed to her mother-in-law, Naomi.
  4. All of the above.
  5. Boaz was her close relative and this could be an opportunity to play matchmaker.
  6. When Boaz went to sleep at the threshing floor, Ruth was to lay at his feet and ask him to spread his cover over her
  7. Boaz took off a sandal and handed it to the kinsman, who reciprocated in kind.
  8. He became the grandfather of David.

Naomi and Ruth's journey from Moab to Bethlehem

The Significance of Bethlehem

Ruth was a native of Moab, a country not well thought of by the people of Israel. Ruth left her homeland and went to live in Israel, her mother-in-law's native land. They settled in Bethlehem where Naomi's late husband's family were and where he owned land.

Boaz and Ruth married and lived in Bethlehem and gave birth to Obed. Obed grew up and had a son, Jesse. Jesse grew up and had a son, David, king of Israel. Bethlehem became known as the city of David. Boaz, Obed, Jesse, and David are all named in the lineage of Christ.

Christ was born in Bethlehem, the City of David.

Jacob and Rachel

Love at first sight! The minute Jacob laid eyes on Rachel he knew she was the one. Although waiting and patience was not his forte, because of his deep and abiding love for her he was willing to wait for a very long time. Little did he know just how long it would be and how much he would have to put up with from her father.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What kind of greeting did Jacob give Rachel when they first met?
    • He kissed her and wept.
    • He asked her to give him a drink so he could talk to her more.
    • He laughed at her because she was nervous around him.
  2. Jacob and Rachel were actually related to each other before they married. How were they related?
    • Rachel was his half sister.
    • Rachel was his cousin.
    • Rachel was his niece.
  3. When Rachel's father, Laban, asked what Jacob would like for a wage, what do you think Jacob said?
    • Half your flocks at the end of seven years so I will have a way to provide for Rachel when we marry.
    • Rachel's hand in marriage at the end of seven years of work for you.
    • A share in your inheritance at the end of seven years so I may provide for Rachel.
  4. On Jacob and Rachel's wedding day, Laban pulled a fast one on Jacob. What was it?
    • As a wedding gift he gave them only black sheep, which were of much less value.
    • He sent Rachel's sister Leah into his bed.
    • After the wedding feast Laban said Rachel could not sleep with him because they were related.
  5. Because of Laban's deceitful scheme, Jacob had to work another seven years, and he ended up with...
    • Two wives and a bunch of women servants.
    • A poor quality herd.
    • A slew of bullying brothers-in-law that were very protective of Rachel.
  6. Jacob ended up having many sons. Rachel was only able to bear him two. What were their names?
    • Joseph and Benjamin.
    • Esau and Levi.
    • Judah and Levi.
  7. Between wives and maid servants Jacob ended up with twelve sons. What special role did they play in Israel's history?
    • They became the progenitors to many of the kings of Israel.
    • They became the twelve tribes of Israel.
    • They became a part of the lineage of Christ.
  8. How did Rachel die?
    • Her maid servant killed her by poison because she was jealous of Jacob's love for her.
    • She was killed by a tribe of marauder's who were trying to get even with Jacob.
    • She died in childbirth.
  9. Jacob buried Rachel near what town?
    • Bethlehem
    • Haran
    • Bethel

Answer Key

  1. He kissed her and wept.
  2. Rachel was his cousin.
  3. Rachel's hand in marriage at the end of seven years of work for you.
  4. He sent Rachel's sister Leah into his bed.
  5. Two wives and a bunch of women servants.
  6. Joseph and Benjamin.
  7. They became the twelve tribes of Israel.
  8. She died in childbirth.
  9. Bethlehem
The Lover and his Beloved.

The Lover and his Beloved.

The Lovers in Song of Songs

The Song of Songs means "The best song", and the book is written as a dramatic poem, or set of poems. It is the story of two lovers, newlyweds most likely, who yearn for each other. There are different parts and characters in this story.

Lover: the husband whom many believe to be Solomon himself

Beloved: the wife

Friends: Maidens, or daughters of Jerusalem.

Many say Song of Songs represents a picture of God's love for his people (or Christ's love for His Church), or simply a true story given to us to see the beauty of marital love. Regardless, Song of Songs is filled with graphic, sensual professions of love between the Lover and his Beloved.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. The Beloved begs her lover to do what in the beginning of the story?
    • Kiss her
    • Take her into his chambers
    • Flee with her to the vineyards
  2. The Beloved knows that the friends...
    • Are aware of her husband's attractiveness.
    • Know of his prowess in the chambers
    • Adore her lover.
  3. The Beloved was concerned about how people viewed her...
    • Skin color
    • Commoner status
    • Uncontrollable lust for her lover
  4. The Beloved describes herself as what kind of flowers?
    • Wild crocus and apple blossoms
    • Lily and rose
  5. The Beloved has a dream that she is searching desperately for her lover. Where does she look for him?...
    • In the vineyard
    • In the city
    • In the fields with the sheep
  6. The Beloved refers to her Lover as different things. They are...
    • Apple tree, gazelle, young stag
    • Ram, horse, tower
    • Vinedresser, noble, fig tree
  7. The Lover often compares his Beloved's specific physical attributes to...
    • Plants, trees, and flowers
    • Animals
  8. The Lover tells His beloved that she is the best and most unique among...
    • The daughters of Jerusalem
    • The maidens in the garden
    • The queens, concubines and virgins
  9. The Lover has many terms of endearment for this Beloved. Three mentioned are...
    • Garden spring, my sister, my dove
    • Lily, Rose of Sharon, pomegranate
    • Gazelle, jewell, cake of raisins
  10. The lover compares his beloved to a "garden locked" and a "fountain sealed." This would seem to imply what?
    • She is forbidden to him because of their different socioeconomic backgrounds
    • She is chaste and untouched by a man as of yet

Answer Key

  1. Take her into his chambers
  2. Adore her lover.
  3. Skin color
  4. Lily and rose
  5. In the city
  6. Apple tree, gazelle, young stag
  7. Animals
  8. The queens, concubines and virgins
  9. Garden spring, my sister, my dove
  10. She is chaste and untouched by a man as of yet
The Beloved referred to herself as the Rose of Sharon, a beautiful and fragrant wildflower.

The Beloved referred to herself as the Rose of Sharon, a beautiful and fragrant wildflower.

Where to find their stories

Boaz and Ruth:
Ruth 2 - 4
Jacob and Rachel:
Genesis 29 - 30, 35
The Lover and his Beloved:
Song of Songs

© 2013 Lori Colbo

Comments

Lori Colbo (author) from Pacific Northwest on August 19, 2013:

North Wind I would say you're right. Thanks for stopping by.

North Wind from The World (for now) on August 19, 2013:

Hi ls,

I think that this is a wonderful way to present these love stories and I had a great time taking your quizzes! I had a hard time choosing my favorite love story but I think the one with the Beloved trumps them all because I really see it as Christ and His bride, the church. His love is the ultimate love.

Great hub!

Karla D on August 19, 2013:

Wonderful hub! Thanks for this

Lori Colbo (author) from Pacific Northwest on August 18, 2013:

Faith Reaper, I love your passion for all things God and Bible. Yes God is passionate and we must be passionate for Him. Thanks for stopping by.

Blossom, thanks for your comment. I did spend some time on this but most of it was researching Song of Songs and of course setting up these quiz capsules (they can be a challenge). I feel it's time well spent. Thanks for stopping in.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on August 18, 2013:

A different approach to some well-loved Bible romances and it works so well. Love the images, too. You must have spent quite some time on preparing this hub and it shows. God bless you.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 18, 2013:

Oh, I truly enjoyed reading of these great love stories from the Bible! What a beautiful and clever manner in which to write on these love stories.

Great quizzes and I need to get into the Word more as relates to these lovely stories no doubt!

Love the Song of Songs. Who says God is not a passionate God!

Your choice of imagery is also very beautiful. Well, this is so very lovely and a most beautifully arranged hub and great topic for sure ... Love! What other topic is better than the topic of love stories?

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Lori Colbo (author) from Pacific Northwest on August 18, 2013:

H B and LG, keep in mind that I have my Bible right in front of me as I come up with the questions, it is not all retained up in my head, I know the story of Ruth and Jacob and Rachel pretty well but had to check things for accuracy and I knew little about the story of the song of songs but have always loved their expressions of love so included them, but I had to look most stuff up for that story. What I love about the Song of Songs is how the Lover praises his beloved by likening her to animals. I discovered in my research that that was a common thing back then. So HB, how would you feel if your husband said, trying to get romantic "Oh darling, your hair is like a flock of goats, your neck is the tower of David, your teeth are like a flock of sheep coming up from a washing. Come away with me my love." I always found that so humorous although it is meant to be a compliment. If I had a lover who said that to me I'd sen him packing.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on August 18, 2013:

Great way to learn from the Bible.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 18, 2013:

Beautiful and interesting! Thank you for the revision test.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 18, 2013:

LS,

Boy, I just taught a series on Song of Solomon about a yer ago. Shame on me! I really messed up with a 40%. I need to go back and teach myself now. As always, thanks for the fun and education you provide through these quizzes.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 18, 2013:

Lambservant, this was so much fun to read and the quiz is interesting. What a wonderful way to teach the Bible. You do these so well. Indeed I need to learn more and to delve deeper into the Word. Have a great day.