Saturday, November 3

Answers to the Orthodoxy 101 Quiz...

  1. Who was the first Christian martyr? Saint Stephen
  2. What emperor falsely blamed Christians for the great fire which broke out in Rome in 64 AD? Emperor Nero
  3. What did the Gnostics claim to have that they said even the Apostles didn't? Secret knowledge. Each Gnostic leader claimed to know the true teachings of Christ.
  4. When was the first time the books of the New Testament were listed as we have them today? 387 AD. However, the books of the New Testament, themselves, were all written between 50 and 100 AD.
  5. Who issued the Edict of Milan? What did this do for Christianity? Saint Constantine the Great. The Edict made Christianity a legalized religion, though not the official religion of the Empire.
  6. According the Acts of the Apostles, who presided at the Council of Jerusalem in 50 AD: The Apostle Peter, Paul or James? Saint James the Brother of the Lord, the first bishop of Jerusalem.
  7. True or False: In the early Church, Confession was public. True (yikes is right!).
  8. In What year was Jerusalem destroyed by Emperor Titus? 70 AD
  9. According to the Didache, "The Teaching of the Apostles" (100 - 120 AD), what do Christians do on Wednesdays and Fridays? They fasted in honor of Christ's betrayal and crucifixion.
  10. Who was the only of the twelve Apostles not to be martyred? Saint John the Theologian.
Thank you to everyone who tried the quiz! I got about four wrong and I was at the class on Monday (though I was chasing after after a very speedy toddler!).


handmaidmary-leah said...

In Against Heresies, St Irenaeus decries the gnostics for their claims to "perfect knowledge" which even the Apostles can not have without the Holy Spirit.
Thus the reason I chose the wording that I did. Nuance did me in! LOL!
Good quiz.
And public confession has also been practiced by St John of Kronstadt. No yikes about it!

Mimi said...

Whew, I think I did ok.

Frieda said...

I'm not from an Orthodox Church background, but I got them all right! However, here's my public confession: even though I've taught short courses in church history, I had to look up four of the answers to be sure. I hope this confession will not result in martyrdom! Fortunately, my husband and I have a pretty good reference library.

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