What is a “Bible Bee?”
A Bible Bee is a competition, similar to a Spelling Bee or a College Bowl, in which contestants are asked questions about the Bible. The contestant or team that answers the most questions correctly by the final stage is crowned the champion. The Holy Land Bible Bee is also based on the popular annual Chidon Tanach, the Israeli Bible Quiz for Jewish Youth, which is broadcast on Israeli TV on Independence Day, and recently got much press because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son came in among the first place winners! According to Wikipedia, the word “Bee” in this context possibly derives from the Old English word bēn for prayer, which makes it so suitable for our Holy Land program!
How are winners picked for the drawing?
We pick a random entry from all people who are on our database. See Drawing Rules for more details.
Who is eligible to participate in the Holy Land Bible Bee?
Any English speaking Christian above the age of 14 is eligible to participate in the Holy Land Bible Bee ONLINE. Some restrictions apply – see the rules of each contest.
Who supervises the groups?
The Israel stage of the Holy Land Bible Bee ONLINE includes tour guides and an adult chaperone. Security and safety are our first concern.
What is the cost of the Holy Land Bible Bee ONLINE?
The Holy Land Bible Bee ONLINE Bible Quiz and Israel Championship is totally free to enter! There are no costs involved. Contestants who place among the top twelve finalists get a free, all expenses paid tour of Israel and the right to participate in the championship final to take place in Jerusalem in January 2013.
The Holy Land Bible Bee Israel Trip Drawing is for one free ticket to come on the Israel leg of the program as a full participant in the tour and a member of the audience at the final broadcast event. No purchase is necessary to participate in the Israel Trip Drawing.
Holy Land Bible Bee programs are sponsored by love offerings of some of the participants themselves and other generous people. People on limited budgets, from third world countries, etc., are also invited to participate, so we are prayerfully and by faith expecting others to shoulder these peoples’ loads and “pay as the spirit moves” them. No suggested price is indicated nor is any payment required to participate. We trust in the Lord that He will provide through generous agents of His will.
Will you be sending me lots of e-mails asking me to donate money to help pay for the Holy Land Bible Bee? Can I opt out and still participate in the drawing?
Do I need a Passport or Visa?
US citizens require no visa to travel as tourists to Israel. All US citizen participants are urged to get or renew their US passports at least two months before travel to Israel.
Citizens of other countries are urged to clarify passport and visa requirements of their own countries. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Israel.
Do I have to live in the United States?
The twelve finalists of the Quiz will participate in an English language led tour of Israel and an English language Championship Quiz event. Anyone who can answer the questions of the Quiz can participate irrespective of where they live. In the future we plan to hold programs for non-English speaking people as well.
Do I have to pay a registration fee to participate?
NO! Participation in the Holy Land Bible Bee Israel Drawing, as well as any of our programs, is completely free.
Why are you sponsoring this? Is there a catch?
We believe that a biblically educated Christian is a good Christian. Our aim is to help Christian Bible educators to do their job. We also think that a visit to Israel, the Holy Land where Jesus lived, is a vital part of any Christian’s religious grounding. There are no entry fees for any of the Holy Land Bible Bee programs.
Do I have to be Christian to participate?
Legally, Holy Land Bible Bee programs do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, or religion. However all programs, including the Quizzes, the Championship and the Israel Tour, are aimed at a Christian audience.
Do I have to participate in the Holy Land Bible Bee Online Quiz in order to win the drawing for the trip to Israel?
No further commitment is required to enter the Israel Drawing. However, we strongly encourage you to participate in the Holy Land Bible Bee Online Quiz – it is free, educational, and FUN!
Are the questions based on the Old Testament, the New Testament or both?
Questions are from selected books in both the Old and New Testament. See the list of books included in the study materials.
Do I really have a chance to win?
Absolutely. We think that a mere 10 to 30 minutes of Bible study a day according to the Study Scheduler that we provide is enough to cover the materials. Even if you do not win the prize you will still have covered thousands of Bible verses, so with the Holy Land Bible Bee you are definitely a winner!
Who decides what the right answers are? My Bible teacher says that the answer I gave was the correct one but you said I was wrong.
There is only one right answer for each Bible question asked. We ask questions that can be answered by an exact quote of a verse in the Bible. We check the major translations for every question we ask. Only questions that have answers that are identical in all translations are used. We have a Bible Quiz Committee made up of leading Bible scholars who insure this.
Do you cover all expenses for getting me to the Holy Land? What if I need to transfer flights? What about food while I’m there?
The finalists in the Holy Land Bible Bee and the winner of the Israel drawing get an all expenses paid trip to Israel including all flights and all ground expenses.