Bible trivia and jokes

Like most college professors, I've seen lots of hilarious errors in student-written papers. Here are two recent ones:

"There were a lot of times where Jesus would speak to huge crows such as at the Sermon on the Mount."

"What struck me most was they way they embarrassed the gospel"

Because so much of Holy Scripture is in story form, it lends itself to amusing twists of little details that can be really funny. Many of the Bible trivia jokes on this page were collected from emails floating around the Internet. Some appear to have come from Richard Lederer's Anguished English,. This collecction doesn't purpoert to necessarily be the best Bible jokes, but they should evoke chuckles from your friends.

Question: Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
Answer: Noah -- he was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.
Question: Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
Answer: Pharaoh's daughter -- she went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little profit. Oops. That should read "prophet".
Question: What kind of man was Boaz before he got married?
Answer: Ruth-less.
Question: Who was the first drug addict in the Bible?
Answer: Nebuchadnezzar -- he was on grass for seven years.
Question: What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
Answer: Yahweh drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury, an automobile produced by Pluymouth from 1955 to 1989.
David's Triumph (a British automobile produced from 1921 to 1984) was heard throughout the land.
Honda... because the apostles were all in one Accord, an automobile produced continously since 1976.
2 Corinthians 4:8 describes a group traveling in a Volkswagen Bug: "We are hard pressed on every side."
Question: Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
Answer: Samson -- he brought the house down (Judges 16:30).
Question: Where is the first baseball game in the Bible?
Answer: In the big inning. Eve stole first, Adam stole second. Cain struck out Abel. The Giants and the Angels were rained out.
Question: How did Adam and Eve feel when expelled from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23-24)?
Answer: They were really put out.
Question: What is one of the first things that Adam and Eve did after they were kicked out?
Answer: They really raised Cain.
Question: What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?
Answer: "Your mother ate us out of house and home" (Genesis 3:6).
Question: The ark was built in 3 stories. The top one had a window to let in light. How did the bottom two stories get light?
Answer: They used floodlights.
Question: Who is the greatest baby-sitter mentioned in the Bible?
Answer: David -- he rocked Goliath to sleep.
Question: Why was Goliath so surprised when David hit him with a slingshot?
Answer: The thought had never entered his head before.
Question: If Goliath would come back to life today, would you like to tell him the joke about David and Goliath?
Answer: No, he already fell for it once.
Question: What is the best way to get to Paradise?
Answer: Turn right and go straight.
Question: Which of Yahweh's servants was the Bible's most flagrant lawbreaker?
Answer: Moses, because he broke all 10 commandments at once.
Question: Which area of the Promised Land was especially wealthy?
Answer: The area around the Jordan where the banks kept overflowing.
Question: How do we know that Job went to a chiropractor?
Answer: Because Job 16:12 says: "All was well with me, but . . . he seized me by the neck"
Question: Where is the first tennis match mentioned in the Bible?
Answer: When Joseph served in Pharaoh's court.
Question: Which Bible character had no parents?
Answer: Joshua, son of Nun (Joshua 1:1).
Question: Why didn't Noah go fishing?
Answer: He only had two worms.
Question: How do we know that they played cards in the ark?
Answer: Because Noah sat on the deck

Bloopers from people writing about the Bible

Second of 10 Commandments: Thou shall cast no idles.

In the first book of the bible, Guinness, God got tired of creating the world, so He took the Sabbath off.

Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, asked: "Am I my brother's son?"

Noah's wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals came on to in pears.

God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Montezuma. Jacob, son of Isaac, stole his brother's birthmark. One of Jacob's son, Joseph, gave refuse to the Israelites.

Pharaoh forced the Hebrew slaves to make bread without straw. Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread which is bread without any ingredients.

The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterward, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten amendments.

The seventh commandment is: Thou shalt not admit adultery.

Moses died before he ever reached Canada. Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.

The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.

David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.

Solomon, one of David's sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.

When the three wise guys from the east side arrived, they found Jesus in the manager.

Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.

Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you. He also explained, "a man doth not live by sweat alone."

It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.

The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels. The epistles were the wives of the apostles.

One of the opossums was St. Matthew who was a taximan.

Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.

Here's one that is not a blooper, but it was biblical humor that came wandering into my email box from cyberspace.

An elderly woman had just returned home from an evening church service when she realized there was an intruder in her home. Seeing that he was in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, the lady yelled "Stop! Acts 2:38!"1

Hearing her, the burglar stopped dead in his tracks and stood motionless. The woman calmly called the police and explained what was going on.

As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, "Why did you just stand there? All the lady did was yell a Bible verse at you."

"Bible verse?" said the burglar, "She said she had an ax and two 38's!"

1"Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

10 ways the Bible would be different had it been written by college students

  1. The Last Supper would have been eaten the next morning -- cold.
  2. The Ten Commandments would have been only five. They would have been double-spaced and written in a large font.
  3. The Bible would have come out in a new edition every two years in order to limit re- selling.
  4. The reason the forbidden fruit would have been eaten was because it wasn't cafeteria food.
  5. Paul's letter to the Romans would become Paul's e-mail to
  6. The reason Cain would have killed Abel: They were roommates.
  7. The place where the end of the world occurs: Finals, not Armageddon.
  8. Out go the mules, in come the mountain bikes.
  9. Reason why Moses and followers would have wandered in the desert for 40 years: They didn't want to ask directions and look like freshmen.
  10. Instead of God creating the world in six days and resting on the seventh, He would have put it off until the night before it was due and then pulled an all-nighter.

Do the unfamiliar names of semitic peoples and tribes in the Old Testament throw you?

Here's a cartoon spoof on those names.

Cartoon: Nomadic Tribes of
the Old Testament: Amorites, Midianites and Samsonites

Help me find the origin of this cartoon!

I've had this in my files for several years but have lost track of where it was from or who the cartoonist was. Do you know who the artist is? If so, e-mail me. I'd like to get in contact and get permission to use it.

The Amoritess and the Midianites were, of course, tribes with whom the Israelites had some not-so-friendly encounters. The Amorites, who are mentioned I the Bible more than 70 times, are described as being very tall. The Midianites are mentioned in Old Testament about 20 times.

The Samsoites? Well . . . . that name doesn't quite go back to Old Tetamet times although Jesse Shwayder (1882 1970), founder of the the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company, did name one of his initial cases after the Biblical strongman Samson, and began using the trademark Samsonite in 1941.

Some serious trivia about the Psalms

Question: What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
Answer: Psalm 117 with only 2 verses
Question: What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
Answer: Psalm 119 with 176 verses
Question: As far as chapter count goes, which chapter is in the center of the Bible?
Answer: Psalm 118
Question: Which verse is at the exact center verse of the Bible?
Answer: Psalm 118:8
Question: What is the longest book in the Bible?
Answer: In terms of the number of chapters, it's the book of Psalms. However, in terms of the number of words in the Hebrew language, it's Jeremiah.
Question: Which of these men was not an author of at least one psalm? Moses, David, Joshua, or Solomon
Answer: Joshua
The psalms were composed over a period of approximately 1000 years.
Psalm 90 may be the oldest Psalm, written by Moses around 1450 B.C. before God's call to liberate the Hebrew people from Egypt.
The key word in the Psalms is "praise." It is used 211 times in Psalms compared with 129 occurrences in all the rest of Holy Scripture combined.

Find the hidden Bible book names

Can you find Bible book names in a paragraph of text that seems to have nothing to do with Bible book names? Here are two paragraphs, one with 16 Bible book names in it and the other with 30. [ read more ]

What was Adam's last name?

Was Adam's last name Tate? It may have been. Churches are full of people named Tate. [ read more ]

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