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Bible Trivia Quiz: Occupations

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Shepherding was a common Old and New Testament Occupation and still is not uncommon in the Middle East today.

Shepherding was a common Old and New Testament Occupation and still is not uncommon in the Middle East today.

Old Testament Occupation quizzes

Just about every man in the Bible, and many women had professions. Even Jesus Himself.

The first quiz will be about Old Testament men, followed by Old Testament women and their professions (some had more than one).

Before you begin let me define occupation.

Old Testament men: Work at a trade or business in order to provide an income. Today it would be to earn a paycheck and support our families. It is regular daily work mean to be a productive citizen.

* Occupation does not mean an individual task, chore, or exercise.

For example: God asked Adam to name the animals and to care for the garden. When the fall occurred, Adam was then to till the earth to provide for his family. Naming the animals was a task, or assignment, but not an occupation. Tilling the soil was his occupation.

Old Testament women: often what they did to provide and survive was not looked upon as an occupation in the same way that men were. Sometimes they played a role to serve God or country. Sometimes they were slaves or servants. But from an OT women's perspective, what they did provided for their needs or served God or His people in some respect.

Many men worked as farmers. Here are men reapers of a wheat harvest.

Many men worked as farmers. Here are men reapers of a wheat harvest.

Old Testament Men and Their Occupations

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

  1. Cain took up the same occupation as his father. What was it?
    • Keeper of flocks
    • Worker of the soil
    • Weaver of garments
  2. Tubal-Cain instructed craftsmen how to make tools out of what kind of materials?
    • Wood
    • Bronze and Steel
    • Bronze and Iron
  3. Noah's occupation after the flood was...
    • Keeper of livestock
    • A farmer
    • Carpenter
  4. The Bible said Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents. Esau had a more rugged occupation. What was it?
    • Man of the soil
    • Raiser of cattle and sheep
    • A skillful hunter
  5. Joseph had four occupations in his lifetime. They were...
    • Keeper of flocks, tiller of the soil, slave on a ship, ruler in Egypt.
    • Keeper of flocks, overseer of Potipher's household, manager of prisoners, ruler in Egypt.
    • Keeper of flocks, foreman of of livestock and farm hands of Potipher, prison warden, prince of Egypt.
  6. When Joseph was assigned two men in prison. They both had cushy jobs before being incarcarated. What were they?
    • A wealthy vineyard farmer who, and a financial advisor to the king.
    • A baker for the king, and a cupbearer to the king.
    • A rich magistrate, and royal magician.
  7. Moses started as a prince in Egypt, but fled after he murdered someone and took what profession for 40 years?
    • A Shepherd
    • A Scribe
    • A Stone mason
  8. Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, was a...
    • Wealthy cattle and sheep owner
    • A priest of Midian
    • A wealthy land owner
  9. Gideon, who started out as a timid wheat farmer, became a mighty warrior and...
    • Assistant to Samuel the prophet
    • Deborah's military strategist
    • Judge of Israel
  10. Nehemiah was in service to King Artaxerxes. What was his position in the royal court?
    • He was the king's chief royal advisor.
    • He was cupbearer to the King
    • He was the military advisor.
  11. Daniel began serving the king as a wiseman. After interpreting the kings dream he was promoted to this...
    • Cupbearer to the king and chief advisor to the king
    • Chief advisor to the king and chief administrator of the kings staff
    • Ruler over the province of Baylon and chief administrator over the wise men
  12. The prophet Amos had this occupation before his ministry as a prophet began...
    • A priest
    • Servant of King Uzziah
    • A sheepbreeder and farmer

Answer Key

  1. Worker of the soil
  2. Bronze and Iron
  3. A farmer
  4. A skillful hunter
  5. Keeper of flocks, overseer of Potipher's household, manager of prisoners, ruler in Egypt.
  6. A baker for the king, and a cupbearer to the king.
  7. A Shepherd
  8. A priest of Midian
  9. Judge of Israel
  10. He was cupbearer to the King
  11. Ruler over the province of Baylon and chief administrator over the wise men
  12. A sheepbreeder and farmer

More Old Testament Occupations for Men

So, how did it go? Any surprises? There are hundreds more occupations seen in the Old Testament. You hear a lot of them when you read about the making of the Tabernacle in the books of Moses. There were craftsmen or artisans God called who were filled with the Holy Spirit endued them with gifts and wisdom needed to build the tabernacle. These covered a vast array of skills. Designers (perhaps like an architect); foreman and other types of managers to oversee various parts of the projects; cloth makers for the curtains of the temple and for priestly garments; men who worked with gold, metal, wood and stones. Many of these made the various pieces of furniture or objects for the inner tabernacle. The numbers are vast of various craftsmen and artisans.

In the book of Judges and the book of Ruth we read about men and one woman becoming judges of Israel. Judges were national military leaders and warrior, they also were often prophets and judged legal disputes for the people.

There were some prophets who also governed. Samuel was on in particular. He was God's mouthpiece to the people of Israel. He selected, by God's specific direction, King Saul and King David. He anointed them with oil and consecrated them into service.

We find military men throughout the Old Testament.

Here are a few more occupations:

  • Farmers (grains, vineyards, and orchards).
  • Hunters (including fishermen).
  • Scribes
  • Metal workers
  • Stone masons
  • Carpenters
  • Merchants
  • Potters
  • Apothecarys
  • Musicians
  • Weavers
  • Teachers and Rabbi's

Scriptures for OT occupations quiz

1. CainGenesis 4:2   

2. Tubal_Cain

Genesis 4:22

 

 

 

3. Noah

Genesis 9:20

 

 

 

4. Esau

Genesis 25:27

 

 

 

5. Joseph

Genesis 37:2

Genesis 39:4

Genesis 39:22-23

Genesis 41:37-44

6.Two men assigned to Joseph

Genesis 40:5

 

 

 

7. Moses

Exodus 3:1

 

 

 

8. Jethro

Exodus 2:16

Exodus 3:1

 

 

9. Gideon

Judges 6-8

 

 

 

10. Nehmiah

Nehemiah 1:11

 

 

 

11. Daniel

Daniel 2:48

 

 

 

12. Amos

Amos 1:1

Amos 7:14

 

 

Old Testament Women

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

  1. Miriam, Moses' sister, had a role in Israel. What was it?
    • Priestess in the Tabernacle
    • Prophetess who led worship
    • Overseer of women of the congregation
  2. Hagar gave birth to Abraham's first son, Ishmael. What was her position in life?
    • She was his Hebrew concubine.
    • She was a Moabite slave to Abraham.
    • She was the Egyptian servant of Sarah.
  3. Rahab, from Jericho, hid two Hebrew spies and was listed in the genealogy of Christ. What was her occuption?
    • She gleaned wheat for her family
    • She was servant to a wealthy vineyard farmer
    • She was a prostitute
  4. Deborah broke all gender roles in her time. What did she do with her life?
    • She was a prophetess, priestess, and advisor to Samuel the prophet.
    • She was a prophetess to Israel, a business woman, and an informant to the military.
    • She was prophetess, Judge of Israel , and military leader.
  5. Ruth took up this job to support her mother-in-law and herself.
    • Slave to a wealthy land owner
    • Gleaning the barley fields after harvest.
    • Prostitute to field hands under Boaz, the land owner.
  6. This prophetess was consulted by the High Priest Hilkiah and three other designees of the king about Israels fate.
    • Huldah
    • Hadassah
    • Jael
  7. Hadassah went from being an average, repsectable Jewish girl to being...
    • Prophetess who saved Israel from destruction.
    • Prostitute who saved Israel from destruction.
    • Queen of Persia, who saved Israel from destruction.
  8. Gomer was wife to the prophet Hosea. But she had this side job...
    • Spy to the enemy
    • Prostitute
    • Midwife
  9. This nameles prophetess was married to a prophet in the OT. She named their son a prophetic message. Her husband?
    • Ezekiel
    • Amos
    • Isaiah
  10. This virgin of Shunem was hired to help David by sleeping next to him to keep him warm and to minister to his needs.
    • Elisheba
    • Abishag
    • Peninnah
  11. This woman's name is not mentioned. But she is often referred to as the Witch of Endor. What did she do for king Saul?
    • Cast a spell on David because Saul felt threatened that he would usurp his throne.
    • She called up Samuel the prophet from the dead so Saul could consult with him.
    • She delivered to king Saul a talismen which would give him power over the evil spirit that tortured him. I did not work.
  12. This Queen was deposed for refusing to show herself to the King's friends at a banquet.
    • Herodias
    • Dleilah
    • Vasti

Answer Key

  1. Prophetess who led worship
  2. She was the Egyptian servant of Sarah.
  3. She was a prostitute
  4. She was prophetess, Judge of Israel , and military leader.
  5. Gleaning the barley fields after harvest.
  6. Huldah
  7. Queen of Persia, who saved Israel from destruction.
  8. Prostitute
  9. Isaiah
  10. Abishag
  11. She called up Samuel the prophet from the dead so Saul could consult with him.
  12. Vasti
The Old Testament tells of many women working as prostitutes.

The Old Testament tells of many women working as prostitutes.

Scriptures for OT Women

1. MiriamExodus 15:20-21 

2. Hagar

Genesis 16: 1-6

 

3. Rahab

Joshua 2

Hebrews 11:31

4. Deborah

Judges 4

 

5. Ruth

Ruth 2

 

6. Huldah

2 Kings 22

2 Chr. 34:14-28

7. Esther

Esther 2-9

 

8. Gomer

Hosea 1

 

9. The Prophetess

Isaiah 8:3

 

10. The virgin of Shunem

1 Kings 1:1-3

 

11. The Witch of Endor

1 Samuel 28: 3-24

 

12. Deposed Queen

Esther 1:10-21

Jesus before Pontius Pilate

Jesus before Pontius Pilate

New Testament Men

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

  1. Levi had this unlikely profession for a disciple.
    • Zealot
    • Pharisee
    • Tax collector
  2. Jairus fell at Jesus feet and begged him to come and heal his daughter. Few of his profession held Jesus in high esteem.
    • He was a magistrate.
    • He was a Roman Centurion
    • He was a ruler in the synagogue.
  3. Jesus told this Pharisee "You must be born again." Who was he?
    • Caiaphas
    • Nicodemus
    • Gamaliel
  4. Who was the young man who called Jesus "Good teacher" and claimed he had kept all the commandments?
    • The rich young ruler
    • The roman centurion
    • The blind man at Nicanor Gate
  5. Two men went went up to the temple to pray. What were their professions and their attitudes in prayer?
    • A beggar who was humble, and a tax collector who was arrogant.
    • A Pharisee who was arrogant and a rich farmer who was humble.
    • A tax collector who was humble and a Pharisee who was arrogant.
  6. Herod Antipas and Pontias Pilate were always vying for power. Both were political puppets. What were there credentials?
    • Herod was Tetrarch of Judea. Pilate Roman Governor over Israel.
    • Herod was Tetrarch of Gallillee and Perea. Pilate was Roman Governor ruling in Judea.
    • Herod was king of Israel. Pilate Governor of Rome.
  7. Before Paul became a Christian missonary and church planter, he was ...
    • A tax collector
    • A Pharisee
    • A Saducee
  8. So that he wouldn't be a finanical burden to the churches, he practiced this trade to provide for his needs...
    • A fisherman
    • A carpenter
    • A tent maker
  9. In Acts, Simon became a believer, but offered money to receive the Holy Spirit. Before believing he was a...
    • Medium
    • Sorcerer
    • Maker of idols
  10. God told Cornelius to send for Peter to come give him a message. He could be found at Simon's house who was a...
    • Potter
    • Merchant
    • Tanner
  11. Bar-Jesus, aka Elymas, was a sorcer and false prophet, and worked for Proconsul Sergius Paulas as a
    • Advisor
    • Body Guard
    • Attendant.
  12. Demetrius incited a riot in Ephesus, fearing Paul's message would ruin his business as...
    • A sorcerer and diviner
    • A silversmith who made and sold idols.

Answer Key

  1. Tax collector
  2. He was a ruler in the synagogue.
  3. Nicodemus
  4. The rich young ruler
  5. A tax collector who was humble and a Pharisee who was arrogant.
  6. Herod was Tetrarch of Gallillee and Perea. Pilate was Roman Governor ruling in Judea.
  7. A Pharisee
  8. A tent maker
  9. Sorcerer
  10. Tanner
  11. Attendant.
  12. A sorcerer and diviner

Scriptures for NT Men

1. LeviMatthew 9:9-13Mark 2:13-17Luke 5:27-31

2. Jairus

Mark 5:22-43

Luke 8:41-56

 

3. Nicodemus

John 3:1-21

 

 

4. Rich young ruler

Matthew 19:16-30

Mark 10:17-31

Luke 18:18-30

5. Two men who went up to pray

Luke 18:10-14

 

 

6. Herod and Pilate

Herod-Luke 23:7

Pilate John 18:28-29

 

7. Paul

Acts 23:6

Philippians 3:4-6

 

8. Paul

Acts 18:1-3

 

 

9. Simon the Socerer

Acts 8:9

 

 

10. Simon the Tanner

Acts 10:6

 

 

11. Bar-Jesus (Elymas

Acts 13:8

 

 

12. Demetrius

Acts 19;24-27

 

 

Jesus is telling this homemaker to be more like her worshipful sister.

Jesus is telling this homemaker to be more like her worshipful sister.

New Testament Women

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

  1. Anna, a God fearing widow beheld baby Jesus on the day of His circumcision. She lived and worked in the temple as?
    • A priestess
    • A prophetess
    • A temple servant
  2. Priscilla and her husband were believers who taught the Scriptures to others. They also worked with Paul at?
    • Making and selling pottery.
    • Making and selling tents.
    • Making and selling blankets.
  3. Paul met this well-to-do merchant of purple cloth from Thyatira. She recieved his message whole heartedly. Who was she?
    • Sapphira
    • Dorcas
    • Lydia
  4. This revered woman from Joppa died. The women showed Peter the beautiful clothing she made for others. Who was she?
    • Phoebe
    • Dorcas
    • Eunice
  5. Who was the funny servant girl who so overcome at Peter's return from prison that she slammed the door on him. Her name?
    • Joanna
    • Martha
    • Rhoda
  6. A homemaker with the gift of hospitality, Jesus told her she fusses too much about many things.
    • The woman at the well
    • Peter's mother-in-law
    • Martha of Bethany
  7. This sick mother of high standing suggested her daughter ask for the head of John the Baptist from her step-dad.
    • Jezebel
    • Salome
    • Heoridas
  8. This woman was a decon at the church at Cenchreae whom Paul regarded as a woman worthy of honor and helper to many.
    • Phoebe
    • Sapphira
    • Tryphena
  9. Philip, the New Testament evangelist, had four virgin daughters God had called to...
    • Serve in the temple
    • Serve with Paul as deconeses
    • prophesy
  10. These two women, most likely sisters, were co-laborers in Pauls' ministry. What were their names?
    • Eudia and Sytnyche
    • Lois and Eunice
    • Tryphena and Tryphosa

Answer Key

  1. A prophetess
  2. Making and selling tents.
  3. Lydia
  4. Dorcas
  5. Rhoda
  6. Martha of Bethany
  7. Heoridas
  8. Phoebe
  9. prophesy
  10. Tryphena and Tryphosa

Scriptures for NT Women

1. AnnaLuke 2:36-38 

2. Priscilla

Acts 18:1-3

 

3. Maker of Purple cloth

Acts 16:11-15

 

4. Helper to the poor and maker of robes

Acts 9:32-41

 

5. The over-excited servant girl

Acts 12:12-16

 

6. The hospitable homemaker

Luke10:38-42

 

7. Sick mother of high standing

Matthew 141-12

Mark 6:14-29

8. Deconess

Romans 16:1-2

 

9. Philip's 4 virgin daughters

Acts 21:8-9

 

10. Co-laborers in the Lord

Romans 16:12

 

© 2013 Lori Colbo

Comments

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

LS, I learned some things too.

Ms. Dora, glad you enjoyed it.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 19, 2013:

Thanks for jogging my memory of Bible facts. I didn't score 100%, but I think I did well. Good job!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 19, 2013:

Hi LS,

Thanks for some fun! It was a little harder to name the women's occupations. So I learned some things. Up, interesting, and useful.