Final Jeopardy: The Old Testament

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (9/18/2017) in the category “The Old Testament” was:

Consisting of 21 verses, the Book of this minor prophet, whose name means “servant of God”, is the shortest.

2x champ Ellen Wernecke won $24,910 last week. In Game 3, she is up against these two players: Angela Ward, from Longview, TX; and Andy Hyland, from Mission, TX.

Round 1 Categories: Deli-cacies – Autobiographies – NFL Rhymes – Islands – Stamping Philately – Movie Happy Endings

Angela found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Stamping Philately” under the $800 clue with only one clue left after it. She was in the lead with $5,000, $800 more than Andy in second place. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

A first set of stamps with this leader were printed in England but intercepted by the Union. A second set made it through. show

Angela finished in the lead with $7,500. Andy was second with $4,200 and Ellen was last with $1,000.

Round 2 Categories: Exit Through the Gift Shop – Literary Work by Character – Explorers – Y in the Middle – World Full of People – Let’s Stay Home

Andy found the first Daily Double in “Exit Through the Gift Shop” under the $2,000 clue on the 10th pick. He was in second place with $5,400 at this point, $900 less than Angela’s lead. He bet $3,000 and said “I don’t know” so he was WRONG.

At the National WWI Museum, you can take home a detailed model of this allied fighter plane that got its name from the hump that housed the guns in front of the cockpit. show

9 clues later, Andy found the last Daily Double in “Explorers” under the $1,600 clue. In second place with $3,600, he had $5,900 less than Angela’s lead. He bet $1,000 and went with Magellan. That was WRONG.

In 1573 this future circumnavigator raided a mule train carrying Peruvian silver bullion in the Isthmus of Panama. show

Angela finished in the lead with $13,900. Ellen was next with $7,800 and Andy was in third place with $3,000.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Obadiah means “servant of God” or “servant of Yahweh.” There are at least a dozen people named Obadiah in the Bible. One wrote the shortest Book (the 31st and the 4th of the minor prophets).

There are a ton of articles and quizzes out there on the length of Bible Books. A lot of lists can vary depending upon if they are going by number of chapters, number of verses or number of words. Even the number of words can vary, depending on the version and translation! On, Jeffrey Krantz made 2 infographics on the shortest and longest by word count in the original language, and then he made a complete chart of all the Books of the Bible. Those lists don’t separate the Old from New Testament. has a chart that goes by chapters and it does give separate stats for the Old and New Testament.

Andy wrote down Esau. He lost his $1,738 bet and finished with $1,262.

Ellen came up with Malachi. She bet and lost it all.

Angela wrote down Joel. She lost $2,100 but won the match with the remaining $11,800. She is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (9/18/2017) Ellen Wernecke, Andy Hyland, Angela Ward

A triple stumper from each round

MOVIE HAPPY ENDINGS ($1000) 2012: Dance routine gets barely passing grade, betting on football is rewarded.

LITERARY WORK BY CHARACTER ($2000) The Vicomte de Valmont

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “WORLD OF BOOKS”

Mussolini considered this book written during the Renaissance “the statesman’s supreme guide” show

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3 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    I’m certain that Andy never heard of the red baron or the computer game back in the 90s. VJ, do you know if any of your children ever learned about WW1 fighter planes.such as the fokker Dr. 1, sopwith triplane, or sopwith snipe? Also, I presume none of the contestants are bible readers, but I hope Angela can make a comeback

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I would say only my son would have had an interest in fighter planes. Maybe he knew that game you mentioned. The ladies did know the minor prophets — they just didn’t know the shortest book.

  2. VJ says:

    I didn’t want to predict a 3-way strikeout on that because I thought someone might have read the minor prophets in Bible class and just knew it but I thought it was a tough FJ. It’s kind of funny that I linked to just about everything but the Book of Obadiah itself in case anyone wants to read it. Coincidentally, it is actually about vengeance on the Edomites, the descendants of Esau.

    LINK: 11 more clues from the match, including the NFL RHYMES category.

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