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FOODS OF THE BIBLE QUIZ

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How many foods named in the Bible do you remember?

The answers to the statements below are the names of foods found in the Bible. As a hint, the number of letters in the word of each answer is given in parentheses. The answers generally use the singular form of the word unless designated "pl." (plural).

Sometimes there is wide variation among different Bible translators as to how to render some of these plant and animal names. For consistency and because of its careful scholarship and consistent rendering of the original language words, the names used in this quiz are taken from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.

  1. When the voice of this bird was heard in the land of Palestine, it signaled the arrival of spring. (10)


  2. Bread made from this grain figured in a dream about striking down a tent in the war camp of Midian. The five loaves of bread that Jesus multiplied were also made from this grain. (6)


  3. This was one of the foods that Abraham set before the three "men" who visited him when he was tenting among the big trees of Mamre. (6)


  4. These bitter vegetables eaten at Passover - possibly endive and chicory - were designated only by what generic name in the Bible? (6 pl.)


  5. This red stew figured in a bargain between twins that ultimately had to do with a Bible prophecy regarding the Messianic lineage. (6)


  6. Both of these herd or flock animals were considered permissible to eat under the Mosaic Law. Jesus, however, put one of these animals into a good category and the other into a bad category when he used them in a pictorial way to explain how people of the nations would be separated either to life or to death. (5, 5 pl.)


  7. The Israelites, who had eaten a tasty variety of this food when they were captive in Egypt, longed for it in the wilderness. (8)


  8. This well-known drink was sometimes used for medicinal purposes. (4)


  9. Jacob (Israel) sent these nuts with his sons as a gift when they returned to the land of Egypt. (9)


  10. These sometimes plague-like insects were on John the Baptist's wilderness food menu. (7 pl.)


  11. This non-grain ingredient was included in Ezekiel's bread. (5 + 5 pl.)


  12. The shepherd companion of the Shulammite maiden compared her breath to the fragrance of this fruit. (5)


  13. The sons of Israel and the mixed company from Egypt who were eating only manna longed for these three botanically related plants they had eaten in Egypt. (5 pl., 6 pl., 6)


  14. This male animal, which was used as a draft animal by the Israelites and was permissible for them to eat and to sacrifice under Mosaic Law, was worshiped as a god by the Egyptians and some unfaithful Israelites. (4)


  15. The prophet Isaiah said that the unfaithful of Zion had diluted this alcoholic drink. (5 + 4)


  16. King Saul's oath nearly caused the execution of his son Jonathan when Jonathan innocently ate some of this food. (5)


  17. Although this animal was forbidden as food for the Israelites under Mosaic Law, some apostate Israelites ate it anyway. (3)


  18. Job said the slimy juice from this plant was tasteless. (11)


  19. This "bread of powerful ones" tasted like "flat cakes with honey." (5)


  20. The fruit that comes from this type of sycamore tree has to be "nipped" or pierced with a sharp instrument while it is premature in order to make it ripen into edible fruit. (3 + 8)


  21. Gideon was threshing this grain in a winepress so that he would be out of sight of the Midianites. (5)


  22. This adult male animal's ability to climb steep places easily was used to illustrate a future cure for lame persons. (4)


  23. In one of Jesus' illustrations, the hungry prodigal son desired to eat some of the pods that came from this tree. (5)


  24. The Israelites said they had eaten this animal food for nothing when they were captive in Egypt. (4)


  25. This drink can be life-saving or death-dealing. (5)


  26. The blossoms of this nut tree were used by Solomon to picture the white-headedness of old age. (6)


  27. This "fattened" bird, considered a delicacy by the ancient Romans and even today in Italy and Greece, was one of the meats provided for King Solomon's table. (6)


  28. A person who took the vow of Naziriteship could not eat this fruit either fresh or dried. (6 pl.)


  29. Job said this plant (thought by some to be sea purslane or orach) was eaten by those of little account, whose fathers Job 'would have refused to place with the dogs of his flock.' (4 + 4)


  30. The shepherd companion of the Shulammite maiden likened her two breasts to young twins of a female of this gracefully beautiful game animal. (7)


  31. According to the Mosaic Law, everything offered on the altar to Jehovah must have this item added to it. (4)


  32. The Shulammite maiden's skin was compared to "a paradise of" these Middle Eastern fruits, but the prophet Joel spoke of a time when the trees from which this fruit comes, along with apple, fig, and palm trees, would dry up. (11)


  33. The prophet Isaiah said the sons of Jerusalem would be as helpless in resisting the Babylonian invaders as this game animal would be when caught in a net. (4 + 5)


  34. In the seventh plague on Egypt, wheat and what other grain were not struck by hailstones due to being seasonally late? (5)


  35. The prophet Jonah was named after the bird that performed three reconnaissance flights for Noah. (4)


  36. The land that flowed with these two liquid foods was blessed with prosperity. (4, 5) ,


  37. In the first century, a couple of these birds sold for a pittance. (8 pl.)


  38. The Shulammite maiden's shepherd companion had locks of hair like clusters of this fruit. (5 pl.)


  39. Solomon compared the wife of one's youth to a "charming" one of these game animals. (8 + 4)


  40. One tiny grain from this vegetable plant figured in one of Jesus' illustrations about faith. (7)


  41. This small goatlike antelope, acceptable for food under the Mosaic Law, frequented high places and is known for its agility and surefootedness. (7)


  42. The Israelites used to eat this sweet fruit while captive in Egypt, and they longed for it after they left Egypt. (10)


  43. Jesus asked what father would hand his son a scorpion if his son asked for one of these. (3)


  44. This grain was included in Ezekiel's bread. (6)


  45. This game animal resembling a gazelle appeared on King Solomon's table. (7)


  46. Jesus pronounced woe to the hypocrites who gave a tenth of these three herbs, yet disregarded justice and mercy and faithfulness. (4, 4, 5)


  47. The Pharisees in Jesus' day gave a tenth of this herb. (3)


  48. The tree from which this valuable fruit comes was often planted in groves. (5)


  49. Many people of Israel died as they attempted to eat this meat at Kibroth-hattaavah. (5)


  50. To sit under the tree that produced this food was considered a symbol of a person's security. (3)


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