The International Bible Quiz

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On the 19th of August, 1958, the first International Bible Contest was held in the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Thousands of Israelis competed in the National Contest for the chance to advance to the international contest. The International contest, attended by thousands included competitors for countries worldwide, Jewish and non-Jewish. It showed how significant the “Book of Books” has remained for multitudes of people throughout the world.
For the Jewish nation, the bible refers to the 24 books of scripture which begins with the Five Books of Moses, continues through the books of the Prophets and ends with the Hagiography. The vast majority of the scriptures focus on the Land of Israel and, with the return of the Jewish People to their Land, the scriptures that they had studied and chanted for thousands of years in the exile came alive. The places and events of Jewish history were transformed into tangible places and archeological finds, a living testimony to the Book of Books, the basis of Jewish religion, culture, and history. And the Jewish People were not alone. The nations of the world joined in attributing great significance to this important work.
David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister saw the bible as the book of ultimate importance for the the Jewish People. He attended every Bible Contest as did all Prime Ministers of Israel to this day. Ben Gurion said at the first Children’s Bible Contest in 1959:
“There are three things that are actually one… Our land, the Jewish Homeland, “the Book of Books” from which the Jewish People draws it’s special singularity, and the third, the Jewish Nation itself. If we succeed in connecting the Jewish People spread throughout the exile with the growing and developing Land of Israel, and with the deep enriching spiritual connection of the Bible, this threefold thread will never be broken. ”

Published: August 20, 2015
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