"All who are gifted artisans among you shall come and make all that the LORD has commanded." — Exodus 35:10

Quiz on the Bible, Beauty, and the Arts

Spelling counts on "fill in the blank" questions. Commentary on some answers is provided with your score.

1. Many of the Psalms are addressed to the chief .

2. Which member(s) of the body of him who "...says to Zion, 'your God reigns'" are called beautiful by Isaiah the prophet?

A. Mouth   B. Hair   C. Lips   D. Feet  

3. "Have you an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like His? Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor, and array yourself with glory and beauty." These words were spoken:

A.  By God to satan.
B.  By God to Job.
C.  By Moses to Pharaoh.
D.  By Job to his friends.

4. T or F: The New Testament includes a command to meditate on things beautiful.


5. Which statement is found in the Bible?

A.  "The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen!"
B.  "When the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded seven eunuchs to bring Queen Esther in, wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials."
C.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but God beholds all.
D.  Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly is to the bone...beauty fades away, but ugly holds it own.

6. Complete the instructions given in the Law for making (the original) of the veil that was miraculously torn in two from top to bottom, when Jesus died on the cross: "You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of ."

7. Reasoning with the philosophers in Athens, Paul the apostle said, "...we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising" since:

A.  Even mankind's creative powers are corrupt.
B.  God's nature is not like that of inanimate matter.
C.  We are the offspring of God.
D.  Such efforts, however noble the artist's intent, only obscure the glory of the Divine Nature.

8. In his lamentation for the King of Tyre, apparently likening him to the devil, the prophet Ezekiel says:

A.  "With hissing charm you deceived your neighbors."
B.  "Your loveliness became your flaming arrow, and you sank down into base lewdness."
C.  "By art and cunning you caused many to stumble."
D.  "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor."

9. Complete what patriarch Jacob said of his sixth son: "Naphtali is a deer let loose; he uses beautiful ."

10. T or F: Scripture gives us no instance of paint being as an art form for creating portraits or depicting landscapes, scenes, etc.


11. Which man is described as, "...skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, purple and blue, fine linen and crimson, and to make any engraving and to accomplish any plan which may be given to him"?

A.  The master craftsman of Hiram, king of Tyre.
B.  Jambres, pharaoh's servant who is mentioned in the New Testament.
C.  There is no such description of anyone in Scripture.
D.   The prophet Nahum, who was an artist and craftsman.

12. Which man is described as, "...filled with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship"?

A. Azariah the son of Barzillai   B. Benaiah the son of Jehoiada   C. Bezalel the son of Uri   D. Chimham the son of Bildad

13. Both the holy anointing oil used to consecrate Aaron and his sons, and the holy incense used in the tabernacle were made "according to the art of the ."

14. T or F: An early second century writing claims that when Jesus stooped and wrote on the ground (John chapter 8), He rendered the Ten Commandments in an ornate Aramaic calligraphy.


15. With reference to sibling descendants of Cain, Genesis 4:21 reads - "...his brother's name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. This means that:

A.  Harps and flutes are murderously dissonant instruments.
B.  Jubal was one of the world's earliest pioneers in musical arts.
C.  Whosoever would not be reckoned to be of Cain must shun musical instruments.
D.  Anything emphasizing percussion is not good music.

16. Choose the correct word to complete the verse: "...the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the _______ with salvation."

A. humble   B. faithful   C. elect   D. righteous

17. T or F: The Lord Jesus Christ never referred to dancing.


18. In order to beautify his concubines, King Ahasuerus (book of Esther) required:

A.  a six week procedure involving mudpacks and painful depilatories
B.  a strict vegetarian diet and abstinence from alcohol
C.  six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations
D.  extremely tight corsets

19. Which of the following shows us that Jesus was artistic Himself, and/or an Appreciator of true beauty?

A.  His trade as a carpenter, a craftsman in wood.
B.  His masterful use of storytelling.
C.  His senstivity to all the beauty and meaning He saw in creation: birds, flowers, the heavens, the mustard tree and its seeds.
D.  All of the above.

20. In the Song of songs, the lover tells his beloved that she is beautiful, and as awesome as an with ." (Each blank is one word.)

21. T or F: The Bible says: "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is truly gorgeous."


22. This one is only indirectly Biblical. No penalty if you get it wrong. Which is NOT a work by Rafael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, A.D. 1483 - 1520, Italian painter and architect)?

A.  The Sacrifice at Lystra
B.  Christ and the Adulteress
C.  The Conversion of the Proconsul
D.  The Death of Ananias

23. This term, though not found in the Bible (like the word Trinity), refers to the believer's sure Biblical hope of enjoying that eternal and direct visual perception of God which imparts supreme blessedness in Heaven.

A. Apocalyptic Sight   B. Venerable Visage   C. Surpassing Panorama   D. Beatific Vision

24. Complete the verse: "And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for and for ." (Each blank is one word.)

25 . Which statement do you find most compelling?

A.  Because the Ten Commandments forbid the making of graven images (Exodus 20:4, Deuteronomy 5:8), Christians should shun all kinds of art that involve such.
B.  Just as the Bible is not a science textbook, so it gives us no guidance about art. We must use our God given common sense and follow our hearts on this issue.
C.  We are to subdue the realm of the arts and all areas of life under the Lordship of Christ. The Bible says, "whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him", and again, "To the pure all things are pure..." (Colossians 3:17, Titus 1:15)
D.  The best policy for the Christian is to be involved, as artist or patron, only with those creative media for which the Bible gives us legitimate examples. For instance, on account of King David and the Psalms alone, we have the production of music well exemplified in the Bible.