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      How well do YOU know the nativity story?

      How well do YOU know the nativity story?
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      1. Joseph was originally from... (Luke 2:3) A. Bethlehem B. Nazareth C. Hebron D. Jerusalem E. None of the above

      2. What does the Bible say that the innkeeper said to Mary and Joseph? (Luke 2:7) A. “There is no room in the inn.” B. “I have a stable you can use.” C. “Come back later and I should have some vacancies.” D. Both A and B E. None of the above

      3. A manger is a... A. Stable for domestic animals B. Wooden hay storage bin C. Feeding trough D. Barn

      4. Which animals does the Bible say were present at Jesus’ birth? A. Cows, sheep, goats B. Cows, donkeys, goats C. Sheep and goats only D. Miscellaneous barnyard animals E. None of the above

      5. Who saw the star in the east? A. Shepherds B. Mary and Joseph C. Three kings D. Both A and C E. None of the above

      6. According to the Bible, how did Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem? A. Camel B. Donkey C. Walked D. Joseph walked, Mary rode a donkey E. Horse-drawn chariot F. Who knows?

      7. How many angels spoke to the shepherds? (Luke 2:10) A. One B. Three C. Multitude D. None of the above

      8. What did the angels say/sing? (Luke 2:14) A. “Glory to God in the highest, etc.” B. “Alleluia” C. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” D. “Joy the world, the Lord is come” E. “Glory to the newborn King”

      9. What is a heavenly host? A. The angel at the gate of heaven B. The angel who serves refreshments in heaven C. An angel choir D. An angel army E. None of the above

      10. There was snow that first Christmas... A. Only in Bethlehem B. All over Israel C. Nowhere in Israel D. Somewhere in Israel

      11. What is frankincense? A. A precious metal B. A precious fabric C. A precious perfume D. None of the above

      12. In Matthew, what does “wise men” or “Magi” refer to? A. Men of the educated class B. Eastern kings C. Men who studied the stars D. Sages

      13. What is myrrh? A. Middle Eastern money B. A drink C. An easily shaped metal D. A spice used for burying people E. None of the above

      14. How many wise men came to see Jesus? A. 3 B. 6 C. 9 D. 12 E. We don’t know.

      15. Where did the wise men find Jesus? (Matthew 2:11) A. In a manger B. In a stable C. In Nazareth D. In Saudi Arabia E. In a house F. None of the above

      16. When the wise men found Jesus he was... (Matthew 2:11) A. A babe wrapped in swaddling clothes B. A young child C. A boy in the temple D. A grown man

      17. The “star in the east” that the wise men followed... (Matthew 2:9) A. Stayed in the same place their entire journey B. Disappeared and reappeared C. Moved ahead of them and stopped over the place where Jesus was D. Was just a mirage E. None of the above

      18. The wise men stopped in Jerusalem... (Matthew 2:2) A. To inform Herod about Jesus B. To find out where Jesus was C. To ask about the star D. To buy presents E. None of the above

      19. Where do we find the Christmas story? A. Matthew B. Mark C. Luke D. John E. All of the above F. Only A and B G. Only A and C H. Only A, B and C

      20. When Joseph found Mary was pregnant, what happened? A. They got married B. Joseph wanted to break the engagement C. Mary left town for three months D. A and B E. B and C

      21. Who told (made) Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem? (Luke 2:1-5) A. The angel chorus B. Mary’s mother C. Herod D. The shepherds E. Caesar Augustus


      1. A. He worked and lived in Nazareth, but he was returning to Bethlehem - “his own city” (See Luke 2:3).

      2. E. The innkeeper didn’t “say” anything (See Luke 2:7).

      3. C. Feeding trough - Interestingly enough, most mangers in New Testament times were made of stone. If you visit Israel today, you can see stone mangers used by Solomon to feed his horses at Megiddo.

      4. E. The Bible doesn’t say, we just assume that since Jesus was born in a stable that there were various barnyard animals present.

      5. E. This is a “trick” question. The “magi” saw the star. However, the Bible doesn’t say how many there were and they were not kings, but astronomers (see answer 14).

      6. F. Although the modern “pictures” in my Children’s Bible show Mary on a donkey with Joseph beside her, the Bible doesn’t say!

      7. A. Luke 2:10.

      8. A. Luke 2:14.

      9. D. The word means “army” - literally thousands. Now, since there was a “multitude” of the heavenly army” (hosts), there could easily have been from 10,000 - 100,000 angels there that night! No wonder the shepherds were “sore afraid"!

      10. D. Another trick question. There is always snow on Mt. Hermon.

      11. C.

      12. C. The word “Magi” literally means “star-gazers”. Although there is no Biblical record of exactly who they were or their point of origin.

      13. D. Herod was buried with over 150 lbs. of Myrrh wrapped in his burial clothes.

      14. E. We don’t know. They were magi, not wise men - but the Bible doesn’t give the number. Many people assume that there were three because of the three gifts. However, in ancient times these men usually traveled in caravans of ten to twelve, along with a full entourage for protection.

      15. E. Read Matthew 2:11 (see next answer)

      16. B. Read Matthew 2:11 When the Shepherds found Jesus (Luke 2), he was a “babe” in a manger. The Greek word used in Luke 2 is for a “newborn baby”. However, by the time the Magi appeared, Jesus had been moved from the manger to a house (verse 11) and the Greek word used in Matthew is for “toddler or young child”. He was probably somewhere between 12-24 months old.

      17. C. Read Matthew 2:9 Most people miss this question. The star did not stay stationary over the manger or the house. This verse makes it clear that the star moved “in front” of the magi and guided them till it “stood over where the young child was.”

      18. B. Read Matthew 2:2.

      19. G. Isn’t it amazing how God divinely inspired these two gospel writers to write His exact words, but he used their interests and professions to recall different aspects of Jesus’ birth. Matthew, a tax collector, records the genealogy of Jesus (used for taxation) and the “magi” - men of means from a foreign country. Luke, a physician, records the pregnancy and birth.

      20. E. Joseph wants to “put her away” secretly and Mary left town to see her cousin. Matthew 1:19 and Luke 1:39, 56

      21. E. “There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus... everyone into his own city... “ (Luke 2:1-5).

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      I was going to ask Gary, seeing he was reporting for the newspaper at the time

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      LOL at Salty!

      I have another one that most people fail and it's way easier! I was talking with the teens during our pageant and asked them some of the easy questions. They got them all wrong! But the movie.......... my nativity has....... but 'Away in a Manger' says.........

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      Love it!! Thanks for the trivia!

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      Fun quiz!


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