Can You Answer this Bible Stumper?

This may or may not be a trick question. Atheists point to this seeming contradiction to disprove the Bible. The answer to the question — Jesse had how many sons? — is a stumper for many Christians who are unprepared to defend what they believe.

Of course, there are no contradictions in the Bible that cannot be properly explained within the context of Scripture itself. Most of these so-called discrepancies are nothing more than grammatical errors.

Copies of ancient text were printed by hand. It was tedious and labor intensive. The copyist might misspell a word or, in the case of Solomon’s horses, drop a digit. In 1 Kings 4:26 we read that Solomon had 40000 stalls of horses, but in 2 Chronicles 9:25 it reads 4000 stalls. There are similar errors like this in the various manuscripts, but the key point to remember is that these textual variants neither disprove the Bible nor debunk Judeo-Christian theology.

I studied grad school text books that had misprints, but the errors did not invalidate the underlying course material. Solomon was the richest man who ever lived, and a copyist error does not alter that fact nor does it change my relationship with God. With that in mind see if you can correctly answer the question posed. A detailed explanation is posted in the feedback section of the correct answer.


1 Samuel 16:7-11

1 Chronicles 2:13-15

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Bible Quiz #3

Grading  (15 point scale)

14-15 (Doctor of Theology)

12-13 (Master of Theology)

10-11 (Bachelor of Bible Studies)

08-09 (Associate of Bible Studies)

06-07 (Are you a Sunday school teacher? Just kidding!)

00-05 (Spends too much time on social media. Open your Bible!)

Answer Key (Shown in results)

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Oops! Sorry for the Glitch

How embarrassing. I was doing some editing on Google Forms and completely disabled the last post. It seems that the Bible Quiz is linked to the stored copy. Any post edit will break the link, or change the appearance of the quiz.

Some of you may have seen a disabled link while others might have noticed that the questions were out-of-order, and not synced with the answer key.

After a few moments of panic I was able to restore the original quiz which is ready for you to view here.

Feedback is always appreciated. If you notice a technical error or common mistake please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

The Bible Quiz is a new feature that I’m trying to develop. The first quiz was formatted using simple WordPress tags while the Google quiz is generated using more complex iframe code which links directly to the stored copy.

You can see how they appear in the samples below. The first example was generated using simple tags while the second quiz was composed using iframe.

Sample Quiz (Using simple tags)

(Correct answers are green — incorrect red.)

Who warned the Roman commander of a plot to kill Paul?
The centurion in charge of the prison.
The son of Paul’s sister.

Sample Quiz (Using iframe code)

The technical glitch would not have occurred using the WordPress coding, but the iframe format is more functional.

Please leave your questions or comments below as to which format you prefer, and as you take the quiz do remember this:

If I have all knowledge, but have not love I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).

Answer key: Acts 23:16-22

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