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Bible, Knowledge of

Is a certain book contained in the Bible? What is the first book of the Bible? Does the Bible contain a certain verse, etc.)


Below are 33 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 4 types:

Biblical FiguresBooksTeachingsVerses

Biblical FiguresThis question type asks the respondent questions about key Biblical figures.

  • BIBLE4 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- According to the Bible, Jesus was born in Jerusalem. (BIBLE4) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEMPLE from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • The Bible tells of Christ going to a temple in Jerusalem to talk with the scribes and the Pharisees. To what religious group did the temple belong? (TEMPLE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN41 from U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010LEARN MORE
    • 41. Where, according to the Bible, was Jesus born? (QN41) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN47A from U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010LEARN MORE
    • 47a. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with... Remaining obedient to God despite suffering? Is it...? (QN47A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN47C from U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010LEARN MORE
    • 47c. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with... Leading the exodus from Egypt? Is it...? (QN47C) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN47D from U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010LEARN MORE
    • 47d. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with... Willingness to sacrifice his son for God? Is it...? (QN47D) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

BooksThis question type asks the respondent where or if certain books appear in the Bible.


TeachingsThis question type asks the respondent if the Bible contains certain teachings.

  • AGGODMON from Economic Values Survey, 1992LEARN MORE
    • Do you mostly agree or mostly disagree with each statement on this card? -- The Bible contains valuable teachings about the use of money. (AGGODMON) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFERIOR from ABC News Religion Poll, 1997LEARN MORE
    • Do you think the Bible says blacks are inferior to whites or do you think it does not say that? (INFERIOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

VersesThis question type asks the respondent if a particular quote is a verse from the Bible.

  • NEEDLEYE from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • Now would you please read each of the following statements and do two things. First, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not, and second, would you please indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) -- For it is easier for a camel to go through a needles eye than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. From the Bible? (NEEDLEYE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BLSDSTRN from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • Blessed are the strong, for they shall be the sword of God. -- From the Bible? (BLSDSTRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SFRWITCH from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. -- From the Bible? (SFRWITCH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BLSDMEEK from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth. -- From the Bible? (BLSDMEEK) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WMNSILNT from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • Let your women keep silence in the churches, for it is not permitted unto them to speak. -- From the Bible? (WMNSILNT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GODJEALU from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. -- From the Bible? (GODJEALU) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CAMELNDL from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - For it is easier for a camel to go through a needles eye than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Is it from the Bible? (CAMELNDL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BLESSEDS from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - Blessed are the strong: for they shall be the sword of God. Is it from the Bible? (BLESSEDS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SUFWITCH from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Is it from the Bible? (SUFWITCH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WOMENSIL from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak. Is it from the Bible? (WOMENSIL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • JEALOUSG from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. Is it from the Bible? (JEALOUSG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC19B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - For it is easier for a camel to go through a needles eye than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC19B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC20B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - Blessed are the strong: for they shall be the sword of God. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC20B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC21B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC21B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC22B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC22B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC23B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC23B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC19B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - For it is easier for a camel to go through a needles eye than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC19B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC20B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - Blessed are the strong: for they shall be the sword of God. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC20B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC21B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC21B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC22B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC22B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGC23B from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987LEARN MORE
    • Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. Is it from the Bible? (RELGC23B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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