Answers to Christmas Quiz

1. The name of the mother of Jesus was:
Mary Matthew 1:18 "18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit."

2. Jesus was born in what town?
Bethlehem Matthew 2:1 "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea."

3. Joseph was a:
Carpenter Matthew 13:55 "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, . . ."

4. Why didn't Joseph and Mary stay at the inn?
There was no room. Luke 2:7 " . . . because there was no room for them in the inn."

5. How did Joseph and Mary get to Bethlehem?
We don't know. The Bible doesn't say. Some suppose that she rode something since she was so far along in her pregnancy.

6. After being born, Jesus was placed in a:
Manger. Luke 2:7 "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."

7. A manger is a:
Feeding Trough. It comes from a Greek word that means "to eat".

8. Which animals does the Bible say were housed in the stable?
The Bible doesn't say.

9. From what area were the three kings that visited Jesus?
None of the above. The Bible only talks about the wise (magi) coming to see Jesus. The Bible never describes them as kings. It‘s just the song that says "We three kings of orient are" Matthew 2:1 "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,"

10. What sign were the shepherds told to look for by the angel?
None of the Above Luke 2:12 "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

11. With what words did the heavenly host of angels praise God?
Glory to God... Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earthpeace, good will toward men." Most of these other songs were written long after Christ died.

12. What is frankincense?
A valuable incense made from the sap of a tree

13. What is myrrh?
A valuable spice sometimes used in burials. John 19:39-40 "And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury"

14. How many wise men came to see Jesus?
No one knows, but more than one. Some SUPPOSE that there were three since there were three gifts, but that is just a guess. Matthew 2:1 "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,"

15. What does "wise men" most likely refer to?
Star Gazers. See most any commentary. Star gazers could often navigate, predict the times for best planting, knew math, astronomy and calendar systems. They were very important in agricultural societies.

16. The wise men met Jesus in a:
House. Matthew 2:11 "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

17. Who told Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem?
Caesar Augustus. Luke 2:1, 4 "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)"

18. The child Jesus went to Egypt:
Joseph was told in a dream to do it. Matthew 2:13 "And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him."

19. According to the Bible, the little drummer boy met Jesus:
None of the above. The story of a drummer boy meeting Jesus is not in the Bible.

20. In which books do we find the story of Jesus' birth: Matthew and Luke only. Mark and John to not talk about the birth of Jesus.

21. December 25th has been celebrated as Christmas since the Bible was written.
False. Although the Bible talks about the birth of Jesus, it never uses the word "Christmas". As best as we know, the earliest Christians didn't even celebrate Christmas. Later, several different dates were observed by Christians but it wasn't until about the 4th century that December 25th became the common day of celebration. The fact is that no one really knows when Jesus was born.


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