Animals A to W Quiz – Sorry, No Zebra

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

  • Genesis 1:26

The Lord said to Moses, “You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured.

  • Numbers 31:25-26

Note: I could have said that this was Animals A to Z, but I could not find a reference to any xanthippe’s shrew, yak, or zebra.  Nor any other animals starting with those letters in the NIV.  The “exhaustive” list on a website that I used to get my brain going for this strange quiz was not very exhaustive in that I knew of animals, off the top of my head, that started with “I” and “J” but they failed to list them.  There may be some strange animal that starts with the following skipped letters: N, T, U, X, Y, Z.  As for the “T”, turtledove is mentioned in almost all English translations, but alas, not in the NIV (simply “dove” in the NIV).

The first Scripture speaks of mankind ruling over the animals, and note that even in Genesis there is a distinction between livestock and wild animals.  The second Scripture speaks of the spoils after battle and prescribes an orderliness in divided those spoils, if God allows spoils to be taken.

The mechanics of this quiz is fairly simple.  I will quote 20 Bible verses.  The animal(s) in that verse will be shown with the first letter and then four underline marks, regardless of the length of the word.  Some of these “verses” will have multiple answers.  Some of these “verses” will be a few verses as the featured animal is in a list of several animals.  You can use the added animals as bonus questions.  The featured animals correspond with the letter of the question.  And an animal may be repeated, as in a white horse, a red horse, a black horse, and a pale horse, each time with “horse replaced by H____.  In some cases, the animal will be shown as two letters, as in M____ D____ for mourning dove, and mourning dove is not an answer in the quiz.

Note: I will use the NIV which translates some of these animals differently than some other translations.  In other words, the choice of verses for the “D” question would be an “A” question in the KJV.  (for a hint)

I tried to keep the basic alphabet answer as simple as possible, at least they are common animals, but those laundry lists of unclean animals?  I had a hard time remembering them as I copied the answers, and I had copied the verses in the first place.

If you would prefer to come up with your own list of animals, you would need to provide the appropriate Bible verse.

The Questions:

LetterVerse
AGo to the A____, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  
BIn that day people will throw away to the M____ and B____ their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.
CJohn’s clothes were made of C____’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist.  His food was L____ and wild honey.
DThen the Lord opened the D____’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
E“The first [of four beasts] was like a L____, and it had the wings of an E____.  I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.
F“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead D____?  A F____?
G“‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the W____, the R____, any kind of great L____, the G____, the M____ L____, the W____ L____, the S____ and the C____.  Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you.  Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening.
HThe armies of heaven were following him, riding on white H____ and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
IThese are the animals you may eat: the O____, the S____, the G____, the D____, the G____, the R____ D____, the wild G____, the I____, the A____ and the M____ S____.  You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.
JH____ will inhabit her strongholds, J____ her luxurious palaces.  Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.
K“‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the E____, the V____, the black V____, the red K____, any kind of black K____, any kind of R____, the H____ O____, the S____ O____, the G____, any kind of H____, the little O____, the C____, the great O____, the white O____, the D____ O____, the O____, the S____, any kind of H____, the H____ and the B____.
LThe W____ will live with the L____, the L____ will lie down with the G____, the C____ and the L____ and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
M“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where M____ and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
NNo “N”
OTheir faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a L____, and on the left the face of an O____; each also had the face of an E____.
PNow do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord.  The king of Israel has come out to look for a F____—as one hunts a P____ in the mountains.
QThat evening Q____ came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
RYou will drink from the brook, and I have directed the R____ to supply you with food there.”
SAre not five S____ sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many S____.
TNo “T”  No “T” although practically all English translations, other than the NIV, uses turtledove in Genesis 15:9 and Luke 2:24.
UNo “U”
VPaul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a V____, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.
WThe W____ and the L____ will feed together, and the L____ will eat straw like the O____, and dust will be the S____’s food.  They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about “What Goes to Heaven.”  I talked about the often-misquoted statement from my youth, “The lion shall lie down with the lamb.”  That got me to thinking about animals that are in the Bible.  (A hint: there is at least one L____ that is a lion (four actually) and at least one L____ that is a lamb (two actually), but which one?  And which, if not both, is the featured animal for “L”?  And other “L” animals are answers to questions, maybe even in the featured “L” verse.

When I say “animal”, that could be a bird, a fish, a mammal, a reptile, an insect, etc.  In most cases, I tried to pick animals that you think about when studying the Bible or simply common animals, but for some letters, that was not possible.  Nothing really weird, although one of the bonus answers is an answer I thought I would never use – Skink.  Note: The bonus answers can get weird, still not sure about the Hoopoe (a bird of some kind).

And, yes, I know, laundry lists of animals, like the flying animals in question “K” would be next to impossible to remember.  Getting the featured animal in those cases is important.  And as for question “K”, the “K” is the same answer in both places, the “V” is the same answer, and six of the seven “O” answers are the same word.  In each case denoting different species of the same animal.

For an obscure hint, one of the questions has two answers.  The featured answer is the name of a famous television singing family and the bonus answer is part of Rev. David Robertson’s nickname and blog site.

And another obscure hint for a different question, one of the animals is a mascot on American television commercials, hidden in a big laundry list of animals, but I remember feeding them at breakfast in our hotel in Thailand.  They came for the crumbs from the crust on our bread.

Sorry for the busyness of this quiz, after putting the verses together, I counted 73 animals, although many were duplicates.

Bible References:

LetterVerse
AProverbs 6:6
BIsaiah 2:20
CMatthew 3:4
DNumbers 22:28
EDaniel 7:4
F1 Samuel 24:14
GLeviticus 11:29-31
HRevelation 19:14
IDeuteronomy 14:4-6
JIsaiah 13:22
KLeviticus 11:13-19
LIsaiah 11:6
MMatthew 6:19
NNo “N”
OEzekiel 1:10
P1 Samuel 26:20
QExodus 16:13
R1 Kings 17:4
SLuke 12:6-7
TNo “T”
UNo “U”
VActs 28:3
WIsaiah 65:25

There are two animals that you will not find among the questions: Behemoth and Leviathan.

Behemoth is mentioned in Job 40:15-24.  This section of the poem is God describing the behemoth.  It is described as a herbivore with a tail like a great cedar.  Scholars have suggested the hippopotamus, the elephant, the water buffalo, and the crocodile.  Of these suggestions, a crocodile has the most substantial tail, just not an herbivore.  But could this be a dinosaur?  Some of the largest dinosaurs are said to be herbivores, as the behemoth is described.

Leviathan is mentioned three times in Job, twice in the Psalms, and once in Isaiah, Isaiah 27:1.  The Isaiah reference describes the Leviathan as a sea monster, resembling a coiling serpent.  The Loch Ness Monster is suggested.  Again, a crocodile has been suggested, but this could be a sea-going dinosaur.

Job is considered the oldest book in the Bible.  If dinosaurs died off in the flood, obviously not the sea-going variety, the story of Job could predate the flood.  This would mean that Job could easily relate to these beasts (monsters) without God describing an extinct species that Job had never seen.

Since many people reduce these two animals to myth, I did not include them.  It would be too obscure, but since God mentions both of them to Job, I have no doubt that they once existed.

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The Answers:

LetterVerse
AGo to the Ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  
BIn that day people will throw away to the Moles and Bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.
CJohn’s clothes were made of Camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist.  His food was Locust and wild honey.
DThen the Lord opened the Donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
E“The first [of four beasts] was like a Lion, and it had the wings of an Eagle.  I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.
F“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead Dog?  A Flea?
G“‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the Weasel, the Rat, any kind of great Lizard, the Gecko, the Monitor Lizard, the Wall Lizard, the Skink and the Chameleon.  Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you.  Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening.
HThe armies of heaven were following him, riding on white Horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
IThese are the animals you may eat: the Ox, the Sheep, the Goat, the Deer, the Gazelle, the Roe Deer, the wild Goat, the Ibex, the Antelope and the Mountain Sheep.  You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.
JHyenas will inhabit her strongholds, Jackals her luxurious palaces.  Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.
K“‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the Eagle, the Vulture, the black Vulture, the red Kite, any kind of black Kite, any kind of Raven, the Horned Owl, the Screech Owl, the Gull, any kind of Hawk, the little Owl, the Cormorant, the great Owl, the white Owl, the Desert Owl, the Osprey, the Stork, any kind of Heron, the Hoopoe and the Bat.
LThe Wolf will live with the Lamb, the Leopard will lie down with the Goat, the Calf and the Lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

M“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where Moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
NNo “N”
OTheir faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a Lion, and on the left the face of an Ox; each also had the face of an Eagle.
PNow do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord.  The king of Israel has come out to look for a Flea—as one hunts a Partridge in the mountains.
QThat evening Quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
RYou will drink from the brook, and I have directed the Ravens to supply you with food there.”
SAre not five Sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many Sparrows.
TNo “T”  No “T” although practically all English translations, other than the NIV, uses turtledove in Genesis 15:9 and Luke 2:24.
UNo “U”
VPaul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a Viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.
WThe Wolf and the Lamb will feed together, and the Lion will eat straw like the Ox, and dust will be the Serpent’s food.  They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

I could have listed the yearling (meaning a year old deer) as a “Y” (Isaiah 11:6).

As for the obscure hints:  The “P” question mashes The Partridge Family. The family was a hit television show in the 70s and David Robertson is known as the Wee Flea, at theweeflea.com.  And in the “G” question’s list of crawling things that would make us unclean to touch a dead one, we find the Gecko, the mascot for GEICO insurance, and wild ones crawled down the walls of the hotel restaurant in Thailand onto our table and after a month, they would nibble on the crumbs while we ate breakfast.  I tried coaxing a gecko in India to do the same, but they were too skittish.

And regardless of how you did, here is a song by Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, A Place in the Choir.

And a song by Leeland, Lion and the Lamb.

This next video may disturb some people.  It shows a couple of bloody, dead sheep, killed by wolves.  They are using llamas to protect the sheep in Switzerland. And of the five animals mentioned in the video, only the llama is not an animal mentioned in the quiz verses. The other four are sheep, goats, dogs, and wolves.

If you like these Saturday morning Bible quizzes, but you think you missed a few, you can use this LINK. I have set up a page off the home page for links to these Saturday morning posts. I will continue to modify the page as I add more.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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