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Bible Trivia: Siblings of the Bible

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The Bible has a lot of stories about siblings

There are dozens of stories about siblings in the Bible. Many of them contain conflict or rivalry; some were about avenging a sibling; and some siblings were portrayed as congenial but very different. Take this journey through the Bible regarding sibling relationships. Take the quiz and see how much you know. Good luck!

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."

— Philippians 2:2-3

Rivaling brothers in the Bible

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

  1. Adam and Eve's son Cain was mad and jealous of his brother Abel. Why was he jealous?
    • Abel was his parent's favorite son.
    • Abel was a goody-two-shoes.
    • Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God but not Cain's.
    • Abel was more successful at shepherding than Cain was at tilling the ground.
  2. Jacob and his brother Esau's parents, Isaac and Rebekah, played favorites. Which parent favored which son?
    • Jacob was favored by his father, Isaac, and Esau by his mother, Rebekah.
    • Jacob was favored by his mother, Rebekah, and Esau by his father, Isaac.
  3. True or False: Jacob and Esau were identical twins.
    • True
    • False
  4. Jacob's older sons were jealous of their little brother Joseph. Why?
    • Joseph was favored by their father by giving him a special coat of many colors.
    • Joseph boasted dreams that they would one day bow down to him.
    • Neither of these.
    • Both of these.
  5. Joseph became a ruler in Egypt during the famine. How did his brother's react when they showed up to buy grain?
    • They bowed to him and asked him forgiveness.
    • They didn't recognize him.
    • They were more jealous than ever and asked who he thought he was?
    • None of the above.
  6. What was Joseph's reaction when he saw his brothers when they arrived to buy grain?
    • He kept his cool, then later excused himself and wept loudly.
    • He told them he would never sell them grain after what they'd done to him.
    • He asked about his father.
    • None of the above.
  7. True or false: Eventually Joseph reconciled with his brothers and they and their father came to live in Egypt with him.
    • True
    • False
  8. Why was the older brother in the prodigal son story angry while his brother returned home?
    • Because the father forgave and honored the prodigal with celebration, when he himself had been more deserving.
    • Because the inheritance the father had given him was his.
    • Because the father was going to have to pay the debts of the prodigal and it would come out of his inheritance.
    • Because the father put the prodigal in higher position on the farm than him.

Answer Key

  1. Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God but not Cain's.
  2. Jacob was favored by his mother, Rebekah, and Esau by his father, Isaac.
  3. False
  4. Both of these.
  5. They didn't recognize him.
  6. He kept his cool, then later excused himself and wept loudly.
  7. True
  8. Because the father forgave and honored the prodigal with celebration, when he himself had been more deserving.

Joseph gets a coat of many colors

Sisters and brothers in the Bible

We hear a lot more in the Bible about brothers than we do sisters; however, there are some sister/sister, sister/brother stories we can learn from. Family dynamics are an important part of our lives. We can learn from the good ones as well as the bad ones. Much of this quiz is simply informational to see how much you know.

Sisters and brothers

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

  1. Moses was furious with his brother Aaron one time for doing something very wicked. What did Aaron do?
    • Aaron broke the Ten Commandments on the stone tablets.
    • Aaron took a heathen wife.
    • Aaron let the fire go out on the altar which was against God's law.
    • He made a golden calf for the people to worship while Moses was on the mountain.
  2. Aaron and Miriam spoke against Moses for taking a Cushite wife. What was their punishment?
    • Aaron received a sharp rebuke while Miriam was given leprosy.
    • Aaron was stripped of his priestly status and Miriam was struck barren.
    • Aaron and Miriam both were not allowed to enter the promise land.
    • There was no punishment, just a sharp rebuke from the Lord.
  3. Dinah was raped by a prince who wanted to marry her. What did her brother's Simeon and Levi do when they found out?
    • Had them arrested.
    • They consented if the man and his people were circumcised. When they did, the brothers killed them and all the males.
    • They agreed so that Dinah's dignity would remain intact.
    • They sent an army out to raid and kill them.
  4. Jacob was married to sisters Rachel and Leah. There was jealousy between them. Why?
    • Leah was jealous of Rachel because Jacob loved her more. Rachel of Leah because Leah bore sons and she was barren.
    • Leah had weak eyes and an unflattering figure, and Rachel was shapely and beautiful.
    • Jacob would no longer sleep with Rachel because she was barren and bringing disgrace on him.
    • Jacob quit sleeping with Leah because she quit bearing sons.
  5. Martha and Mary were sisters and close friends with Jesus. Martha was angry with Mary. Why?
    • Because Jesus preferred Mary's company to hers.
    • Because Mary left all the work of preparing the meal to her while she sat at Jesus' feet.
    • Because Mary was fruitful and she was barren.
    • Because Jesus rebuked her for not having enough faith when Lazarus died.
  6. There were two sets of brothers of the 12 disciples. Who were they?
    • James & John, and Bartholomew and Nathaniel
    • Peter, James & John, and Levi & Matthew.
    • Peter & Andrew, and James & John
    • There was only one set of brothers - James & John.
  7. James and John were known as the sons of ...
    • Cephas
    • Alphaeus
    • Zebedee
    • The Bible does not tell us.
  8. Which disciple was led to Christ by his brother?
    • James led John to Christ.
    • Phillip led Bartholomew to Christ..
    • Andrew led Peter to Christ.
    • Matthew led Levi to Christ.
  9. Adam and Eve bore another son after Cain and Able. What was their brothers name?
    • Enoch
    • Ham
    • Japheth
    • Seth
  10. Who was Martha and Mary's brother?
    • They didn't have a brother.
    • Lazarus
    • Philip
    • Levi
  11. Ruth and Orpah, Moabite women, were married to two Hebrew men. What were their names?
    • Elimelech and Elkanah
    • Mahlon and Chilion
    • Haran and Nahor
    • The Bible does not give their names.
  12. Who were the two evil sons of Eli, the priest at Shiloh?
    • Mahlon and Chilion
    • Jeroboam and Rehoboam
    • Hophni and Phinehas
    • Nadab and Abihu
  13. True or False: Zacchaeus and Levi (aka matthew) were brothers.
    • True
    • False
  14. How did Naomi's two sons die while they lived in Moab?
    • They both fell ill and died.
    • They were murdered.
    • They were killed in a war between Israel and the Moabites.
    • The Bible does not say.
  15. Who were the 2 brothers whose mother was always seeking to get Jesus to treat them as greatest in His kingdom?
    • Peter and Andrew.
    • Philip and Bartholomew.
    • James and John.
    • The Bible does not name them, just that they were two brothers.

Answer Key

  1. He made a golden calf for the people to worship while Moses was on the mountain.
  2. Aaron received a sharp rebuke while Miriam was given leprosy.
  3. They consented if the man and his people were circumcised. When they did, the brothers killed them and all the males.
  4. Leah was jealous of Rachel because Jacob loved her more. Rachel of Leah because Leah bore sons and she was barren.
  5. Because Mary left all the work of preparing the meal to her while she sat at Jesus' feet.
  6. Peter & Andrew, and James & John
  7. Zebedee
  8. Andrew led Peter to Christ.
  9. Seth
  10. Lazarus
  11. Mahlon and Chilion
  12. Hophni and Phinehas
  13. False
  14. The Bible does not say.
  15. James and John.

The story of the prodigal son

Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just."

— Isaiah 32:7

Siblings who were scoundrels

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

  1. Brothers Hophni and Phinehaus served in the temple at Shiloh. What wickedness were they doing while serving?
    • Sleeping with women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle.
    • Stealing from the meat offered by worshipers and demanding raw meat with fat.
    • Both of these.
    • Neither of these.
  2. What did John the Baptist condemn Herod the Tetrarch of doing to his brother Philip?
    • Usurping Philip's rightful throne, causing Philip to rule a smaller district.
    • Marrying Philip's wife Herodias.
    • Having Philip murdered for stealing his wife Herodias.
    • Sleeping with Philip's daughter Salome.
  3. Which brother tricked and lied to obtain his brother's birthright and blessing?
    • Esau
    • Jacob
    • The prodigal son
    • Judah
  4. What did Cain say when God asked him where his brother Abel was?
    • "You're God, you should know better than I."
    • "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
    • "He fell and died."
    • "I killed him because he threatened me."
  5. The Lord struck down Nadab and Abihu for offering profane fire before the Lord. How did they die?
    • They were consumed by fire from the Lord.
    • The Lord sent an earthquake that opened the earth and swallowed them up.
    • They just dropped dead instantaneously.
    • They were executed by the elders of Israel.
  6. What did Joseph's jealous brothers do to him to get revenge on him for being Jacob's pet and boasting of his dreams?
    • They killed him and threw him in a pit and left him.
    • They threw him in a pit then sold him to a caravan of slave traders.
    • They accused him of sleeping with Reuben's wife and sent him to jail.
    • None of these.
  7. Which Judge of Israel's brothers expelled him from the land because his mother was a harlot?
    • Jephthah
    • Abimelech
    • Gideon
    • Ehud
  8. Abraham's first son Ishmael scoffed at his younger brother, Isaac. Why did he scoff at Isaac?
    • Because Isaac was easy prey for a bully, being just weaned and much younger.
    • He was jealous because Isaac was honored with the status as firstborn.
    • Because Ishmael's mother Hagar was young and beautiful and Sarah was old and decrepit.
    • Because Isaac was homely and Ismael was handsome.
  9. Ham found his father Noah naked & told his brothers who covered him. Which guilty brother's son was cursed as judgment?
    • Ham, who saw his father's nakedness.
    • Shem, who peeked when helping Japheth cover their father.
    • Japheth, who laughed while covering his father.
    • Both the brothers who covered him. They should have left him to his privacy.
  10. Which son demanded his inheritance while his father still lived and squandered it, leaving his brother to serve alone.
    • Absolam
    • The prodigal son
    • Jacob
    • The man of the road to Jericho.

Answer Key

  1. Both of these.
  2. Marrying Philip's wife Herodias.
  3. Jacob
  4. "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
  5. They were consumed by fire from the Lord.
  6. They threw him in a pit then sold him to a caravan of slave traders.
  7. Jephthah
  8. He was jealous because Isaac was honored with the status as firstborn.
  9. Ham, who saw his father's nakedness.
  10. The prodigal son
Jacob tricks his father.

Jacob tricks his father.

Jesus had siblings

Did you know Jesus had siblings? Can you imagine being a sibling of Jesus? "Why can't you be more like your brother Jesus," they might've heard. Who knows? There is more about Jesus' siblings in the Bible than you might think. Take the quiz and see how much you know and what you can learn.

Jesus' siblings

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

  1. What did Jesus say when the disciples told him his brothers and mother were outside asking for Him?
    • "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?"
    • "Tell them I say 'Why do you seek Me? Do you not know that I must be about My Father's business?'"
    • "Tell them, "I came to seek and to save the lost."
    • "It is the sick who need a physician."
  2. Did Jesus have sisters?
    • The Bible only talks about brothers.
    • No. The Bible said He only had brothers.
    • Yes, but they are not named or numbered.
    • The Bible says He has one sister.
  3. True or false: Jesus' brother James became the head of the Jerusalem church.
    • True.
    • False.
  4. It is traditionally thought that Jude, the writer of the book of Jude, was the brother of Jesus. What is one reason?
    • Because he said he was the Lord's brother.
    • Because he said that he was the brother of James, and it is assumed that it was James brother of Jesus.
    • James, Jesus' brother, said one of his brothers was a disciple who wrote a letter to the Church.
    • No one really knows.
  5. How many brothers did Jesus have?
    • The Bible does not number them.
    • Four
    • Two
    • Seven.
  6. The Jews in Judea sought to kill Jesus so he didn't want to go there. His brothers argued He should. Why?
    • They felt Jesus was wrong to do things in secret and should show Himself to the world.
    • They thought Jesus was being cowardly and it would reflect badly on them.
    • Because the Feast of Tabernacles was there.
    • Because they wanted him to heal their friend.
  7. The brothers went to the Festival. What did Jesus do?
    • He went with them.
    • He remained in Galilee in seclusion.
    • He remained in Galilee but later went in to the festival in secret.
    • He went to Samaria where he encountered the woman at the we..
  8. What was Jesus's reply to His brothers?
    • "You go to the feast, I am not going."
    • "My times has not yet come."
    • The world doesn't hate you but it hates Me because I testify of it that it's works are evil."
    • All of the above.
  9. True or false: Jesus' brothers were in the upper room praying along with their mother.
    • True
    • False
  10. What were the names of four Jesus' brothers?
    • James, Judas, Simon, and Joseph.
    • James, Jude, Simeon and Jacob.
    • James, Simon, Judas and John.
    • The Bible does not name them.
  11. True or False: Jesus' brothers were believers from the start.
    • True
    • False

Answer Key

  1. "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?"
  2. Yes, but they are not named or numbered.
  3. True.
  4. Because he said that he was the brother of James, and it is assumed that it was James brother of Jesus.
  5. Four
  6. They felt Jesus was wrong to do things in secret and should show Himself to the world.
  7. He remained in Galilee but later went in to the festival in secret.
  8. All of the above.
  9. True
  10. James, Judas, Simon, and Joseph.
  11. False

Comments

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on March 22, 2015:

Great quiz. It must have taken a while to compose. I thought I knew more than I really did.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on March 18, 2015:

I enjoyed this quiz. Not as easy as you first think

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on March 02, 2015:

I gotta check out some of your others. Good for the mind. :)

Lori Colbo (author) from Pacific Northwest on March 01, 2015:

Well, hello there no body (you are a somebody to me). I do the same thing. You know, I've published a lot of Bible trivia hubs and let me tell you, I do not know all the answers to the questions I pose. I remember something vague, or remember someone or something and get into studying it and write a lot of the questions that way. It's fun thinking up tricky answers for. It tests me as well. These are just for fun, and to be interesting, not to see how scholarly we are. And really it isn't likely to affect your faith if you get some wrong. I learned a lot putting it together. Thanks for stopping by.

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on March 01, 2015:

The article and quiz were great. The questions were tricky and challenging. I messed up on section real bad, 54%. It was on Jesus' brothers and sisters. I was getting real cocky after some easy ones. I was thinking how I had this aced. I read through the Bible every 4 months and I am beginning again on my 17th time though in a couple of days. But it seems I haven't learned everything yet. hahaha. I know That will never happen because the Bible is infinite. Voted up and interesting.

Lori Colbo (author) from Pacific Northwest on January 15, 2015:

Glad you enjoyed it Audrey.

Audrey Howitt from California on January 15, 2015:

I know--can you imagine being told--why can't you be more like your brother Jesus?--ouch! This was fun!!

Lori Colbo (author) from Pacific Northwest on January 14, 2015:

Northwind you are so right. Much to learn about family in the Bible. I am glad God got it in there to teach us.

Eric. Glad you had fun.

Blossom, I am glad you enjoyed them. Yes, it took a few days to get this done but it was fun and informative.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on January 14, 2015:

You must have spent ages composing those quizzes and they were fun to do. What a great idea! We think we know all the answers until we try to answer something like these. Thank you.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 13, 2015:

Great stuff here. The quiz was very well done. Thank you for writing this and helping to strengthen knowledge of the Bible in a fun way.

North Wind from The World (for now) on January 13, 2015:

Love the Bible quizzes, ls. I have to say that family in the Bible is quite interesting. One can learn a lot of do's and don't's from them.