Have some fun with this 30 question quiz I wrote (updated and expanded from last year) to test your knowledge of the biblical Christmas story. Give it a try and then try it on your family this Christmas. I hope this little quiz will be fun and educational. Some questions are difficult while others are easier. Scroll down a way after the last question to find the answers. I have documented each answer with its biblical reference and thrown in a little commentary on a few. Enjoy!
1. What was the name of John the Baptist’s father?
2. When Elizabeth sees Mary and realizes she is pregnant, Mary’s response to Elizabeth is a song of praise often called what?
3. A number of scholars believe the magi who visited Jesus were students of the Old Testament thanks to the lineage of Daniel being made chief of the wise men by Nebuchadnezzar. These scholars argue that the magi would have been aware of the appearance of the star in connection to the coming Messiah based on a verse from what Old Testament book?
4. When the angel tells Mary she will conceive a baby, the angel tells her that Elizabeth, thought to be barren, is how far along in her pregnancy?
5. Bethlehem is also known as the city of who?
6. Jewish law demanded that a male child should be circumcised how many days after his birth?
7. According to Matthew, how many wise men visited Jesus?
8. Mary and Elizabeth are often thought to be related in what way?
9. What were the gifts the wise men brought to Jesus?
10. What is the reason given by Luke as to why Mary laid Jesus in a manger?
11. Herod was troubled at the appearance of the wise men because of the title they gave to Jesus (which was the same title Herod used). What was the title?
12. What did the baby in Elizabeth’s womb do when she heard Mary’s greeting?
13. What was the name of the devout man who had been assured by the Holy Spirit he would not die until he saw Jesus and then had the opportunity to hold baby Jesus in the Temple?
14. Who was the governor of Syria at the time of Jesus’ birth?
15. Matthew says that Herod’s slaughter of the male children under the age of two was a fulfillment of a passage from what Old Testament book?
16. What happened to Zacharias when he failed to believe the angel who came to tell him his wife would become pregnant?
17. Aside from giving Jesus gifts, what did the wise men do when they saw Him?
18. What was the name of the angel who spoke to Zacharias?
19. To what country did Joseph and Mary flee to escape Herod’s slaughter of the children?
20. The name “Immanuel” means what?
21. Who are the four women named in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus?
22. Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem from what city?
23. Why were Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem at such a late date in her pregnancy?
24. What was the name of the prophetess who never left the Temple and was present when Jesus was circumcised?
25. Challenge: How old was the prophetess when she saw Jesus?
26. According to Luke, the first people to see the baby Jesus, other than Mary and Joseph, were who?
27. When Joseph returns with Mary and Jesus from exile, he does not go into Judea, but to Galilee instead, because God warns him in a dream that a son of Herod is the ruler of the area. What was this son’s name?
28. Matthew states that the angel telling Joseph in a dream that Mary will have a baby and the name he is to give the child is a fulfillment of what Old Testament text?
29. When the shepherds told people about what the angels had said to them and about the baby they had found in the manger they “wondered” at their testimony. What, according to Luke, was the response of Mary?
30. What did Mary use to wrap around the baby Jesus?
1. Zacharias (Luke 1:5-13)
2. The Magnificat (Luke 2:46-55)
3. Numbers 24:17: “A star shall come forth from Jacob, and a scepter shall rise from Israel…”
4. 6 months (Luke 1:36)
5. David (Luke 2:11)
6. 8 days (Luke 2:21)
7. He doesn’t say. He only says that they brought three kinds of gifts. (Matt. 2:1; 11).
8. As cousins (Luke 1:36). The KJV translates the Greek word syngenis as “cousin.” However, the word literally means “relative” and is translated as such in most modern English Bibles.
9. Gold- thought to symbolize Jesus’ royalty.
Frankincense- thought to symbolize worship of Jesus and His sacrifice. Frankincense was used in sacrifices in the Old Testament.
Myrrh- thought to symbolize Jesus’ death (Matt. 2:11). Myrrh was a common spice used in the embalming process in Jesus’ day.
10. There was no room in the inn (Luke 2:7)
11. “King of the Jews” (Matt. 2:2)
12. Leaped for joy (Luke 1:44)
13. Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
14. Quirinius (Luke 2:2)
15. Jer. 31:15
16. He was struck mute (Luke 1:20)
17. They fell down and worshiped Him (Matt. 2:11)
18. Gabriel (Luke 1:19)
19. Egypt (Matt. 2:13-15)
20. “God with us” (Matt. 1:23)
21. Tamar (Matt. 1:3)
Ruth (Matt. 1:5)
Bathsheba (Matt. 1:6)
It’s amazing that women would appear in a first century Jewish genealogy. What’s more, these women would have been viewed by Matthew’s Jewish audience as very out of place to be mentioned in the lineage of the Messiah. Tamar, after the death of her husband, dressed as a prostitute and slept with her father-in-law (Gen.38). Rahab was a prostitute in a Gentile city (Josh. 2:1). Ruth, though an amazing example of faith, was a Gentile and a Moabite at that (Ruth 1:4). The Moabites began as a result of one of Lot’s daughters sleeping with him (Gen. 19:30-38). Bathsheba committed adultery with David (2 Sam. 11). The inclusion of these women is most likely Matthew’s way of saying that what is on display in the genealogy of Jesus is not perfection and “high breeding” but rather the grace and forgiveness of God. It also shows that all are included and can be saved by God’s grace.
22. Nazareth (Luke 2:4)
23. They were going to register for the census (Luke 2:1)
24. Anna (Luke 2:36-38)
25. 84 years old (Luke 2:37)
26. The shepherds (Luke 2:8-19)
27. Archelaus (Matt. 2:22)
28. Isa. 7:14- “Behold the virgin will be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.”
29. Luke 2:19- “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”
30. Cloths (Luke 2:7)