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Q. What was Paul's name before he converted to Christianity?
A. Saul. The Bible says Paul was riding on a donkey when the voice of God spoke to him saying, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" Saul was temporarily blinded and told to change his name to Paul.

R. The account is in Acts chapter 9, and Paul refers back to it in chapter 22. Neither chapter mentions a donkey. Acts 9:3-4 says "As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'" I've never ridden a donkey, but I've fallen to the ground many times. He was not told to change his name in either account. In 9:17 Ananias said to him, "Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." In 22:14-16 Ananias said, "The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be immersed and wash your sins away, calling on his name." Saul is not called Paul until Acts 13:9, where it says he was also called Paul.

Q. You know about Cain and Abel, but who was the third son of Adam and Eve?
A. Seth. According to the Bible, Adam and Eve had 33 sons and 23 daughters total.

R. I cannot find those numbers in my Bible. Genesis 5:4 simply says, "After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters."

Q. Which of these books is NOT attributed to King Solomon? Song Of Songs / Psalms
A. The book of Psalms is attributed to King David.

R. Partly correct, but one of the Psalms was written by Solomon. David wrote not quite half of them, and one-third of them are anonymous!

Q. She was bathing on the rooftop when she was seen by King David, who wanted her. Who is she?
A. Bathsheba. King David had an affair with Bathsheba, who was married, and then made sure her husband lost his life in battle once she became pregnant by David. She was eventually made one of David's wives and gave birth to Solomon.

R. Maybe, but it doesn't say she was on her roof. It says he was on his roof. 2nd Samuel 11:2 reads, "One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing." I've been on my roof many times and seen many things that were down below. (But not that!)

Q. This woman was the first wife of Jacob, who tricked him into marrying her. Who is she?
A. Leah. Jacob was set to marry his true love Rachel, but on the eve of the wedding, Leah was placed under the wedding veil instead. God saw that Leah was "unloved" so he blessed her with four sons.

R. I'm not sure at what point the switch was made. There's no mention of a ceremony or of a wedding veil, but it's true that Jacob didn't know he had slept with Leah—instead of Rachel—until daylight. Genesis 29:25 says, "When morning came, there was Leah!" (Keep reading, and you'll see that he blamed Leah's father, not her.) What I am sure of is that Leah gave birth to six sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. See Genesis 29:31-35 and 30:17-20.

Q. This man had his head smashed in with a rock by his older brother. Who is he?
[I seem to have deleted their answer, but I know they meant Cain.]

R. Genesis 4:8, "While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him." More literally, he "rose up against him." The same Hebrew verb (qum) is used in Genesis 19:1, when Lot saw two angels and "rose up to meet them." No attack there. But some kind of attack does seem to be indicated when Moses says to God "You overthrow those who rise up against You" in Exodus 15:7. In Numbers 16:2, people "rose up before Moses," but that was a verbal rebellion. In 2nd Kings 3:24 the Israelites "rose up and struck the Moabites, so that they fled before them." Can you flee after you've had your "head smashed in with a rock"? My point is that we don't know how Cain killed Abel. Of course . . . maybe he smashed his head in with a rock.

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