The Gospels Quiz


BACKGROUND NOTE: In discussing the four gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--theologians often use the phrase synoptic gospels when referring to Matthew, Mark, and Luke. These three gospels are grouped together because of their similarity in structure and content, John being quite different in both respects.
  1. A genealogy of Jesus is found in which two gospels?

  2. Name the twelve apostles.

  3. Give the names of John the Baptist's parents.

  4. We read of Satan tempting Jesus in the three synoptic gospels. Which account is the shortest?

  5. Name the two sisters of Lazarus.

  6. Which event is recorded in all four gospels?

    Jesus walking on the water
    The feeding of the five thousand
    The miracle of turning water into wine
    The beheading of John the Baptist
  7. Who wrote the gospel of John?

    John the Baptist
    John Mark, the companion of Barnabas
    John the son of Alphaeus
    John the son of Zebedee
  8. The Parable of the Good Samaritan is found in only one gospel. Name which one.

  9. Which parable is recorded in all three synoptic gospels?

    The Sower
    The Ten Virgins
    The Prodigal Son
    The Good Shepherd
  10. In unmistakable language, Jesus declares himself the Messiah to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. This is recorded in only one gospel. Name it.

  11. Only one of the following events is recorded in all four gospels. Do you know which one?

    The anointing of Jesus by Mary at Simon's feast
    The institution of the Lord's Supper
    The triumphal entry
    Jesus' ascension
  12. Identify who said each of the following quotations.

    1. "Where is he who has been born King of the Jews?"

    2. "You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean."

    3. "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

    4. "Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof."

    5. "Give me John the Baptist's head here on a platter."

    6. "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs."

    7. "I see men like trees, walking."

    8. "Father Abraham, have mercy on me...for I am tormented in this flame."

    9. "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"

    10. "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."

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