Historical Books: Bible Trivia From the Historical Books

You may find these questions to be challenging as well as fun. Some of the answers you may know immediately. Some you may guess. And some will really surprise you!


1) When Rahab hid the Israelite spies on her rooftop, what did she hide them under? Joshua 2:6

2) Which king’s body was thrown down at the city gate and then covered with rocks? Joshua 8:29

3) Who tricked Joshua by putting on worn-out sandals and old clothes when they went to meet him? Joshua 9:3-6

4) What enemies of Israel were pelted by hailstones from the Lord? Joshua 10:11-12

5) What phenomenal event, described in Joshua, is also said to be described in the “Book of Jashar”? Joshua 10:13

6) Who had five Amorite kings sealed up in a cave by rolling large rocks up to its entrance? Joshua 10:16-18

7) Which king opposed Joshua’s army and was totally defeated, with none of his soldiers left alive? Joshua 10:33


1) Who was the first judge of Israel? Judges 3:9-10

2) Who accepted an invitation to hide from his enemies in a tent, and was then murdered by the woman who invited him? Judges 4:17-21

3) Who sang a victory song that mentions white donkeys? Judges 5:1, 10

4) A soldier dreamed of a Midianite tent being overturned by an unlikely object. What was it? Judges 7:13

5) Which people put golden chains around their camels’ necks? Judges 8:26

6) Who had his armor-bearer kill him so he would avoid the disgrace of being killed by a woman? Judges 9:52-54

7) What did Delilah use to bind the sleeping Samson? Judges 16:7-8, 11-12


1) Who moved with Naomi to Moab to escape famine? Ruth 1:1-2

2) Who was Ruth’s sister-in-law? Ruth 1:3-4

3) Who called herself Mara, a name meaning “bitter”? Ruth 1:19-21

4) What farmer married a Moabite woman and became an ancestor of David? Ruth 1:22; 4:13-22

5) Who fell asleep on a pile of grain after eating and drinking? Ruth 3:7-14


1) Which priests kept the sacrificial meat for themselves? 1 Samuel 2:12-17, 34

2) Which nation sent back the ark of the covenant on a cart pulled by two cows? 1 Samuel 6:1-2, 7-12

3) For what offense did God kill some of the men of Beth Shemesh? 1 Samuel 6:19

4) Which king of Israel stripped off his robes and lay that way for a whole day and night? 1 Samuel 19:23-24

5) Running from Saul, David took refuge in Gath. How did David behave when brought before the king of Gath? 1 Samuel 21:10-15

6) What prominent leader of Israel did Saul ask a witch to summon up from the dead? 1 Samuel 28:7-20

7) Who was the last woman to have dinner with King Saul? 1 Samuel 28:7, 21-25

8) After Saul’s death, his armor was placed in what temple? 1 Samuel 31:8-10

9) Whose bones were buried under a tree at Jabesh? 1 Samuel 31:11-13


1) Why did David tear his clothes in grief? 2 Samuel 1:11-12

2) What son of Jonathan was crippled because he had been dropped by his nurse as a baby? 2 Samuel 4:4

3) Who pretended to be one of Absalom’s counselors, but was actually a spy for David? 2 Samuel 15:32-37

4) Who built a monument to himself? 2 Samuel 18:18

5) What soldier murdered a man while kissing him? 2 Samuel 20:9-10

6) What brave soldier of David went into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion? 2 Samuel 23:20

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