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Material Cycles

Overview

For many years, most denominational Bible quiz programs followed an agreed-upon cycle of New Testament books that repeated every eight years. In addition, these denominations agreed to quiz over the same version of the Bible, the New International Version (1984). The goals of this World Bible Quizzing alliance were to allow denominations to attend each other's tournaments and to promote unity in the body of Christ.

However, the 2011 revisions to the NIV caused many of these denominations to reconsider the text that they would use. Some chose other translations (English Standard Version, Berean Study Bible, and King James). And since they were no longer committed to the same translation as the other allied denominations, some have chosen to alter their quiz cycle, adding additional books (New Testament and Old Testament), and no longer limiting themselves to an 8-year cycle. This has had the effect of increasing sectarian autonomy at the cost of diminished unity.

Listed below is each denomination's declared intent for books to study, and the text that will be used.

American Assn of Christians Schools

  • Text: King James Version (KJV)
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  • 2017-18 Mark, 1/2/3 John, Jude
  • 2018-19 1/2 Thessalonians, 1/2 Timothy, Titus
  • 2019-20 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
  • 2020-21 John
  • 2021-22 Acts
  • 2022-23 1/2 Corinthians
  • 2023-24 Matthew
  • 2024-25 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter
  • 2025-26 Romans, James
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  • ... and the cycle repeats

Assemblies of God

  • Text: New International Version (NIV)
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  • 2017-18 Mark
  • 2018-19 1/2 Corinthians
  • 2019-20 John
  • 2020-21 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter, Jude
  • 2021-22 Matthew
  • 2022-23 1/2 Thessalonians, 1/2 Timothy, Titus, 1/2/3 John
  • 2023-24 Romans, James
  • 2024-25 Acts
  • 2025-26 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
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  • ... and the 9-year cycle repeats

Bible Quiz Fellowship

  • Text: English Standard Version (ESV)
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  • 2017-18 1/2 Corinthians, 1/2/3 John, Jude
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter, Mark
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James, Revelation
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Gal, Eph, Php, Col, 1/2 Thess, 1/2 Tim, Titus, Phm
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the cycle repeats

Brethren in Christ

  • Text: Berean Study Bible (BSB)
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  • 2017-18 1/2 Corinthians
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the 8-year cycle repeats

Churches of God

  • Text: New International Version (NIV)
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  • 2017-18 1/2 Corinthians
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the 8-year cycle repeats

Christian & Missionary Alliance

  • Text: New International Version (NIV)
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  • 2017-18 1/2 Corinthians
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the 8-year cycle repeats

Evangelical Free Church of America

  • Text: English Standard Version (ESV)
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  • 2017-18 1/2 Corinthians
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the 8-year cycle repeats

Free Methodist

  • Text: New International Version (NIV)
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  • 2017-18 Ruth, Luke 1-11:28
  • 2018-19 Jonah, Luke 11:29 - 24
  • 2019-20 1/2 Corinthians
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  • ... no decision beyond 2019/20

Missionary Church

  • Text: Berean Study Bible (BSB)
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  • 2017-18 1/2 Corinthians
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the 8-year cycle repeats

Nazarene

  • Text: New International Version (NIV)
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  • 2017-18 1/2 Corinthians
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the 8-year cycle repeats

Salvation Army

  • Text: New International Version (NIV)
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  • 2017-18 1 & 2 Corinthians
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1 & 2 Peter
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the 8-year cycle repeats

Wesleyan Bible Bowl

  • Text: New International Version (NIV)
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  • 2017-18 1 & 2 Corinthians
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1 & 2 Peter
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the 8-year cycle repeats

World Bible Quizzing

  • Text: Berean Study Bible (BSB)
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  • 2017-18 1/2 Corinthians
  • 2018-19 John
  • 2019-20 Hebrews, 1/2 Peter
  • 2020-21 Matthew
  • 2021-22 Romans, James
  • 2022-23 Acts
  • 2023-24 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
  • 2024-25 Luke
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  • ... and the 8-year cycle repeats
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