Draw a grid on a chalk board or poster board with six squares across and six squares down. At the top of each row write in the categories listed below. Number below each category 10, 20, 30, 40, 50. These are the points the players will gather for answering the questions. The first question in each category receives 10 points. The second question, 20 points. The third question 30 points, and so on.
CATEGORIES: HEROES * EASTER * BIBLE FACTS * NUMBERS * OLD TESTAMENT MEN * PLACES
How To Play
Divide class into two teams. Players select a captain for their team. The captain must answer for the whole team. However, all the players on a team must discuss the answer before the captain answers for them. Flip a coin to see which team will go first. 'Team One' chooses a category and how many points they will 'go for'. If they answer correctly, they receive the number of points for that question, and team two takes their turn. If they answer incorrectly, 'Team Two' may try to answer. If they are correct, they receive the points. 'Team Two' then takes their turn, even if they answered 'Team One's question after 'Team One' was unable to. Play continues back and forth until all the questions are answered.
Some of the categories have six or seven questions. You may use these questions to play 'Final Jeopardy'. You might even allow the players to pick the Final Jeopardy category and to decide how many points they will play for. If they miss the answer to their question, they also lose the number of points they were 'playing for'.
LET'S PLAY BIBLE JEOPARDY!
1. Who was the strongest man in the Bible? He tore a lion apart with his bare hands. He pushed down the pillars of a temple burying himself and about 3,000 Philistines alive. (Samson)
2. Who was the wisest man in the Bible? He asked God for an understanding mind instead of money, power, or a long life. God granted him a wise mind, as well as money, power, and a long life. (Solomon)
3. Who were the most fireproof men in the Bible? Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, erected a golden idol. These three men refused to worship it. The angry king had them thrown into a fiery furnace. It was heated to seven times its normal temperature. However, God protected them, and they did not burn. (Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego.)
4. This man was "full of faith and power." He performed "great wonders and signs among the people." One day he preached a sermon, and was stoned to death for it. He is the first Christian martyr. (Stephen).
5. This king was the richest in the Bible. He received money from tribute, taxes, and trade. His country was so rich that silver was said to be as common as stones in Jerusalem. (Solomon)
1. Jesus and his disciples came to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover. As Jesus rode into the city, many people came out to greet Him. They laid their garments on the road, waved palm tree branches, and called out to him, "Hosanna!". What do we call this day? (Palm Sunday)
2. What was the name of the disciple that betrayed Jesus in the garden with a kiss? (Judas Iscariot)
3. How can we call the day that Jesus was crucified "Good Friday"? (Because he died for our sins so that we will have eternal life.)
4. Early Easter morning some women went to Jesus' grave to anoint his body with oil and spices. What happened next? (He was resurrected. When Mary Magdalene and the other women arrived there, the stone had been rolled away and Jesus' body was gone. Jesus told Mary Magdalene to tell the disciples that He would see them soon.)
5. The Jewish rulers took Jesus to the Roman governor. They told him that Jesus must die because He said He was the Son of God and the King of the Jews. What was the name of the Roman Governor? (Pontius Pilate)
1. Why is the Bible not a book? (It is many books.) The word, 'Bible' comes from a Greek word Biblia which means, "books."
2. What is the shortest verse in the Bible? ("Jesus wept.") John 11:35
3. How many books are in the Bible? (There are 66 books in the Bible with 35 authors. A Bible is sort of like a library of books.)
4. What is the longest chapter in the Bible? (Psalm 119, it has 176 verses)
5. What is the shortest book in the Bible? (2 John, it has only 13 verses)
6. The Bible has now been translated into many languages. It can be read in nearly half of the 5,445 languages of the world.
a. The Old Testament was originally written in what language? (Hebrew)
b. The New Testament was originally written in what language? (Greek and Aramaic-one or both answers count.)
7. How many words are there in the Bible? (773,692 words.) It would take you 70 hours to read the whole Bible aloud.
1. What is the name of this book in the Bible that got its name because it contains so many numbers? (Numbers)
2. The Bible uses this number to teach that God is one, and that He is the only God. Jesus and the Holy Spirit and the Father are one. (The number 1)
3. This number is often linked with the idea of perfection and completion. General Naaman had to dip himself into the Jordan this many times. The priests and soldiers marched around Jericho this many times. (The number 7)
4. This is the number of tribes of Israel and the number of disciples. (The number 12).
5. This is the number given to the beast in Revelation 13:18. The author of Revelation says this beast is powerful, deceitful, and able to perform miracles, but he does not reveal his identity. (The number is 666).
6. This special number often means God is about to usher in some new event or era. The rain during the flood lasted this many days. Jesus fasted in the wilderness for this many days. (The number 40)
OLD TESTAMENT MEN
1.a Who is the oldest person in the Bible? (Methuselah). Genesis 5:27
1.b For extra points, how old was he? ( 969)
2. Who was the fattest man in the Old Testament? (Eglon, King of Moab).
3. Who put on a goatskin disguise? This smooth-skinned man tricked his father into giving him the blessing that had been saved for his hairy elder brother Esau by putting goatskins on his hands and part of his neck. (Jacob) Genesis 27:1-40
4. This was one of the most talented men in the Bible. He was a super strong shepherd. He killed a lion with his bare hands. He composed music and wrote poems. He killed a giant. He was Israel's most successful king. (King David) 1 Samuel 17
5. One of the Old Testament judges wanted God to tell him that he would save Israel. To find out, he put a fleece outside overnight. If there was dew on the fleece but not on the ground, the answer was yes. He got his answer but he still was not sure. He then asked for dew to be on the ground but not on the fleece. This happened to whom? (Gideon) Judges 6:36-40.
1. What is the city on the hill? It is also called the city of peace. It sat on Palestine's high mountain ridge about 2,500 feet above sea level. It was not good for farming and did not have enough water, but it did lay in the path of a major trade route. (Jerusalem)
2. What was the mountain of the Ten Commandments? While Moses was on the mountain "the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off." (Mount Sinai)
3. What is the name of the mountain where Jesus loved to pray? When Jesus was near Jerusalem he liked to pray on this mountain. He was arrested there. (The Mount of Olives)
4. What were considered to be the two most wicked cities? (Sodom and Gomorrah)
5. What was the name of the hill of Jesus' crucifixion? Outside the walls of Jerusalem on this hill--called "place of a skull"-- Jesus was crucified. (Golgotha)
Copyright 2001 Colleen Volstad
* Editor's Note: Special thanks goes to Colleen Volstad, mother of Kyle, one of my Sunday School students, for making this game available to our class, and now for the world to use! Thanks Colleen!
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