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Bible Trivia Quiz: Occupations

Updated on January 14, 2014
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Lori Colbo loves to write about her Christian faith and the Bible to encourage and inspire others.

Shepherding was a common Old and New Testament Occupation and still is not uncommon in the Middle East today.
Shepherding was a common Old and New Testament Occupation and still is not uncommon in the Middle East today. | Source

Old Testament Occupation quizzes

Just about every man in the Bible, and many women had professions. Even Jesus Himself.

The first quiz will be about Old Testament men, followed by Old Testament women and their professions (some had more than one).

Before you begin let me define occupation.

Old Testament men: Work at a trade or business in order to provide an income. Today it would be to earn a paycheck and support our families. It is regular daily work mean to be a productive citizen.

* Occupation does not mean an individual task, chore, or exercise.

For example: God asked Adam to name the animals and to care for the garden. When the fall occurred, Adam was then to till the earth to provide for his family. Naming the animals was a task, or assignment, but not an occupation. Tilling the soil was his occupation.

Old Testament women: often what they did to provide and survive was not looked upon as an occupation in the same way that men were. Sometimes they played a role to serve God or country. Sometimes they were slaves or servants. But from an OT women's perspective, what they did provided for their needs or served God or His people in some respect.

Many men worked as farmers. Here are men reapers of a wheat harvest.
Many men worked as farmers. Here are men reapers of a wheat harvest. | Source

Old Testament Men and Their Occupations

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More Old Testament Occupations for Men

So, how did it go? Any surprises? There are hundreds more occupations seen in the Old Testament. You hear a lot of them when you read about the making of the Tabernacle in the books of Moses. There were craftsmen or artisans God called who were filled with the Holy Spirit endued them with gifts and wisdom needed to build the tabernacle. These covered a vast array of skills. Designers (perhaps like an architect); foreman and other types of managers to oversee various parts of the projects; cloth makers for the curtains of the temple and for priestly garments; men who worked with gold, metal, wood and stones. Many of these made the various pieces of furniture or objects for the inner tabernacle. The numbers are vast of various craftsmen and artisans.

In the book of Judges and the book of Ruth we read about men and one woman becoming judges of Israel. Judges were national military leaders and warrior, they also were often prophets and judged legal disputes for the people.

There were some prophets who also governed. Samuel was on in particular. He was God's mouthpiece to the people of Israel. He selected, by God's specific direction, King Saul and King David. He anointed them with oil and consecrated them into service.

We find military men throughout the Old Testament.

Here are a few more occupations:

  • Farmers (grains, vineyards, and orchards).
  • Hunters (including fishermen).
  • Scribes
  • Metal workers
  • Stone masons
  • Carpenters
  • Merchants
  • Potters
  • Apothecarys
  • Musicians
  • Weavers
  • Teachers and Rabbi's

Scriptures for OT occupations quiz

1. Cain
Genesis 4:2
2. Tubal_Cain
Genesis 4:22
3. Noah
Genesis 9:20
4. Esau
Genesis 25:27
5. Joseph
Genesis 37:2
Genesis 39:4
Genesis 39:22-23
Genesis 41:37-44
6.Two men assigned to Joseph
Genesis 40:5
7. Moses
Exodus 3:1
8. Jethro
Exodus 2:16
Exodus 3:1
9. Gideon
Judges 6-8
10. Nehmiah
Nehemiah 1:11
11. Daniel
Daniel 2:48
12. Amos
Amos 1:1
Amos 7:14

Old Testament Women

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The Old Testament tells of many women working as prostitutes.
The Old Testament tells of many women working as prostitutes. | Source

Scriptures for OT Women

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1. Miriam  
Exodus 15:20-21  
2. Hagar
Genesis 16: 1-6
3. Rahab
Joshua 2
Hebrews 11:31
4. Deborah
Judges 4
5. Ruth
Ruth 2
6. Huldah
2 Kings 22
2 Chr. 34:14-28
7. Esther
Esther 2-9
8. Gomer
Hosea 1
9. The Prophetess
Isaiah 8:3
10. The virgin of Shunem
1 Kings 1:1-3
11. The Witch of Endor
1 Samuel 28: 3-24
12. Deposed Queen
Esther 1:10-21
Jesus before Pontius Pilate
Jesus before Pontius Pilate | Source

New Testament Men

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Scriptures for NT Men

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1. Levi  
Matthew 9:9-13  
Mark 2:13-17  
Luke 5:27-31  
2. Jairus
Mark 5:22-43
Luke 8:41-56
3. Nicodemus
John 3:1-21
4. Rich young ruler
Matthew 19:16-30
Mark 10:17-31
Luke 18:18-30
5. Two men who went up to pray
Luke 18:10-14
6. Herod and Pilate
Herod-Luke 23:7
Pilate John 18:28-29
7. Paul
Acts 23:6
Philippians 3:4-6
8. Paul
Acts 18:1-3
9. Simon the Socerer
Acts 8:9
10. Simon the Tanner
Acts 10:6
11. Bar-Jesus (Elymas
Acts 13:8
12. Demetrius
Acts 19;24-27
Jesus is telling this homemaker to be more like her worshipful sister.
Jesus is telling this homemaker to be more like her worshipful sister. | Source

New Testament Women

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Scriptures for NT Women

1. Anna
Luke 2:36-38
2. Priscilla
Acts 18:1-3
3. Maker of Purple cloth
Acts 16:11-15
4. Helper to the poor and maker of robes
Acts 9:32-41
5. The over-excited servant girl
Acts 12:12-16
6. The hospitable homemaker
7. Sick mother of high standing
Matthew 141-12
Mark 6:14-29
8. Deconess
Romans 16:1-2
9. Philip's 4 virgin daughters
Acts 21:8-9
10. Co-laborers in the Lord
Romans 16:12

© 2013 Lori Colbo


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    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      LS, I learned some things too.

      Ms. Dora, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for jogging my memory of Bible facts. I didn't score 100%, but I think I did well. Good job!

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi LS,

      Thanks for some fun! It was a little harder to name the women's occupations. So I learned some things. Up, interesting, and useful.


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