"…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." — Revelation 19:10

Quiz on the Minor Prophets

(Which are: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi)

Cf., that is to say "confer with," Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, and Luke 4:4 for motivation to take this quiz. Use your Bible while you work, or challenge yourself by refraining. Spelling counts on fill in the blank questions, which are usually passages from the New King James translation. Commentary on most answers is provided with your score.

1. T or F: According to the book of Ezra, Haggai and Zechariah prophesied together


2. In the New Testament epistles to the Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews, the phrase "the just shall live by faith" appears. The inspired New Testament writers quote from:

J.  Amos, specifically from his meditations on the godly life.
U.  Jacob. (This saying of the patriarch is not found in Genesis, but is recorded by Habbakuk.)
S.  Hosea, speaking to converts who came out of sexual immorality.
T.  Habakkuk, comparing the just to the proud.

3. T or F: Of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament, seventeen are attributed to the major and minor prophets.


4. The prophet wrote: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from ."

5. This prophet's book begins with an account of the activity of voraciously devouring insects:

I.   Zechariah the son of Berechiah
N.   Entomophobiah the Arachnodite
S.   Joel the son of Pethuel
E.   Jonah the son of Amittai
C.   Noadiah the Sanballite
T.   Amos the son of Amittai

6. In chapter three of his book of prophecy, God gives Zechariah a vision of a high priest named Joshua standing before the Angel of the LORD. Which action or thing does NOT appear in the chapter?

Z.  A turban
E.  A shepherd's crook
C.  Joshua being reclothed with clean, rich clothes instead of filthy ones.
H.  God invoking God with the words, "…the LORD said to Satan, 'The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!' "
A.  God's declaration that the vision is symbolic of things to come.

7. These Holy Spirit inspired Biblical authors are called "minor" because:

M.  They were all in their mid-teens when they wrote.
I.  They were not also priests or Levites.
N.  They are not very important.
O.  Their writings do not bear full divine authority.
R.  None of the above.

8. T or F: Malachi foretold the coming of Messiah's forerunner.


9. These visionary figures from the book of Zechariah also appear in the New Testament book of Revelation:

F.  Two baskets of figs
I.  Two olive trees (or branches)
G.  Frogs representing evil spirits
U.   A flying serpent
R.   Horses of four different colors
E.   I and R
S.   A valley full of dry bones

10. Complete the verse: "When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea: 'Go, take yourself a wife of and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great by departing from the LORD." (Each blank is one word.)

11. Through Hosea, God says to His people:

H.  "The king's throne is My footstool."
O.  "I gave you a king in My anger, and took him away in My wrath."
S.  "Burn the witch"
E.  "The kingdom will be taken from Saul."
A.  "I will give you the sure mercies of David."

12. Which was the greatest danger for the men God called to be prophets?

D.  The love of money
A.  The deceitfulness of syncretism
N.  The fear of man
G.  The desire to please men
E.  The temptation to be proud
R.  The persecution of their avowed enemies

13. Another great verse from the Minor Prophets for you to complete: "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to mercy, and to walk with your God?" (Each blank is one word.)

14. Which town mentioned in the New Testament is probably named after one of the minor prophets?

T.  Nazareth
O.  Bethsaida
W.  Chorazin
N.  Capernaum
S.  Bethany

15. Amos addresses this group of people as "cows":

A.  Certain lazy, shiftless Levites
M.  The entire household of King Ahab
O.  Philistines who trampled on Israel's land
S.  Oppressive female winos

16. The name of which minor prophet(s) is the same name as a Biblical king, not necessarily a king of Israel or Judah?

K.  Obadiah
I.  None of them
N.  Zechariah
G.  All but two of them
S.  Half (six) of them

17. Romans 9:13 reads, "As it is written, 'Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated'." Paul is quoting from:

T.  No known passage of Scripture.
W.  The book of Nahum, where it is recorded that Abraham said this of his twin grandsons!
I.  The prophet Jonah, when he complained to God that Nineveh was like Esau.
N.  The book of Malachi, where God proclaims His love to His people.
S.  Rebekah, Isaac's wife, as referenced in the book of Habakkuk.

18. One more verse to complete, in which one of the minor prophets speaks of a prophet for whom no book of Scripture is named: "Behold, I will send you the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD."

19. In this minor prophet's book, God Himself is depicted as rejoicing over His people with singing:

A. Sinatriah   B. Zephaniah   C. Amos  
D. Hosea   E. Malachi   F. Nahum

20. T or F: Like Jonah, Nahum also prophesied against the great Assyrian city, Nineveh.


21. Joel prophesied of:

J.  The destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
O.  A seven year drought.
E.  Matters to which the apostle Peter referred on the day of Pentecost.
L.  The birthplace of the Messiah.

22. The prophet Haggai's great admonition was:

W.  Consider your ways!
O.  Don't worry, be happy!
R.  Bring in the full tithe; test Me in this!
D.  Little children, keep yourselves from idols!

23. Which is NOT mentioned in the book of Jonah?

J.  A stampede of cattle in the city of Nineveh
O.  A great wind on the sea
N.  A fast-growing plant on the outskirts of Nineveh
A.  A worm that greatly annoyed Jonah
H.  A whale that did a lot more to Jonah than annoy him
Q.  All of the above are mentioned.

24. The prophet Nahum tells us that he was a(n):

N.  Temanite
A.  Elkoshite
H.  Gittite
U.  Moreshite
M.  Nazirite

25. The book of the prophet is the only Old Testament book of the Bible consisting of one chapter.