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All You Need Is Love

As many English-speaking countries turn their attention to matters of the heart in the month of February, take our quiz to find out how much you know about love in the Bible.

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Question 1 Which of these means “love” in Hebrew?

In Hebrew, the word for “love” is ahava, which when broken down to its three basic Hebrew letters also means “I give.” (And in case you were wondering, emunah means faith, shalom means peace, and tefillah means prayer).

Emunah Ahava Shalom Tefillah

Question 2 In the Bible, the book of Leviticus defines the “gold standard” for love – we are to love our __________ as we love ourselves.

Leviticus 19:18 tells us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Later in the same chapter, we are commanded to love “the foreigner residing among you…as yourself,” as well (v.34). Jesus also repeated this same command when asked about the most important laws to keep in Matthew 22:36-40 and Luke 10:25-28.

Children Pets Neighbors Spouses

Question 3 In the book of Deuteronomy, with what parts of ourselves are we commanded to love God?

In Deuteronomy 6, Moses gives “the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you” (v.1), including to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (v.5).

Our Heart Our Soul Our Strength All of the above

Question 4 Which book is an allegory about God’s love for His children, Israel?

Also known as Song of Solomon, this book was written by David’s wise son and successor, and symbolizes God’s relationship with His people.

Song of Songs Psalms Lamentations Ecclesiastes

Question 5 On what holiday do the Jewish people read the biblical book Song of Songs?

Passover is the annual commemoration of the Exodus, God’s miraculous deliverance of His children from bondage in Egypt. Song of Songs is read during this holiday as it demonstrates the loving relationship between God and His people, Israel.

Hanukkah Passover Tisha B’Av Tu B’Av

Question 6 Let's look at some of the Bible’s famous love stories. Who was the only patriarch of Israel to have his wife chosen for him?

The correct answer is 2. In Genesis 24, Abraham commanded his senior servant to “go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac” (24:4).

Abraham Isaac Jacob None of the above

Question 7 Abraham’s servant was able to discern that Rebekah was the right wife for Isaac when she did what?

Before arriving at Abraham’s relatives’ home, the servant prayed to God that “May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac” (Genesis 24:14).

Brought water for him and his camels to drink. Invited him to spend the night at their home. Welcomed him with lavish gifts. Entertained him with singing and dancing.

Question 8 One of Isaac’s sons, Jacob, fathered twelve sons who would become the twelve tribes of Israel, with two wives and two maidservants. Which of the following mothers to Jacob’s twelve sons did he love the most?

It was love at first sight for Jacob. (Read Genesis 29:10-11). Genesis 29:18 tells us that “Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, ‘I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel'.” This love story would result in Jacob’s two most favorite sons, Joseph and Benjamin.

Leah Bilhah Zilpah Rachel

Question 9 The book of Ruth tells another biblical love story — that of the widow Ruth and the true love she found when she met whom?

After Ruth’s husband died, she stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi, telling her “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16). After this display of love and faithfulness, Ruth again finds love when she meets Boaz, who shows kindness and love to her after he witnesses her own love for Naomi.

David Boaz Joshua Samuel

Question 10 The union between Ruth and Boaz resulted in a son named Obed. Who of the following was a direct descendant from Ruth and Boaz’ family line?

We read in Ruth 4:17, “And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.”

Samuel Saul David Isaiah

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