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English Bible Examination


Since ministers of the church of Jesus Christ are to be ministers of the word, the church has a responsibility to discern whether licentiates and ordinands actually know their Bibles. The purpose of the Bible exam is to determine the candidate’s familiarity with the contents of the English Bible.

The Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario Bible exam is a written examination. There are several kinds of questions:

There are short answer questions, such as: who was Hezekiah? Who was Nebuchadnezzar? What are the Ten Commandments?

Some questions are more involved, such as: what happened during the reign of Solomon? What are the miracles in the book of John? What is the book of Hebrews about?

Candidates may be expected to give a general outline of a major Old Testament book, and a more specific outline of a major NT book. That would be, chapter 1, ________, chapter 2, ______, and so on.

Candidates may be asked to identify specific chapters of the Bible. Where is the covenant with Abraham? Where is the consecration of the Temple? Where is the resurrection of Jesus? Where do we read about the Virgin Birth? Where do we read about the office of elder?

There will be a list of Psalms to identify. Which Psalm is "I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from which comes my help?"

The exam includes a list of verses, and the candidate will be asked to identify the book and chapter. Where do we read, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"? "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."?

The candidate should be familiar with the different divisions of the Old and New Testaments, have some familiarity with the formation of the canon, and with the authors of the various books of the Bible.

The exam is proctored. There is no time limit, the candidate may take as long as he and the proctor wish. Most candidates say the exam takes 3 or 4 hours. The candidate will need lined paper or a blue book. Candidate should speak to their committee advisor to make arrangments to take the exam.

  See also Requirements and Steps for Licensure