Episcopal Priest Loses Jeopardy! Tournament After Being Stumped on Bible Question

An Episcopal priest competing in a Jeopardy Tournament failed to advance to the finals, the result of falling badly behind and also being stumped by a question on the New Testament, according to the Episcopal News Service.

David Sibley is the LGBTQ+ affirming rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walla Walla, Washington, who recently participated in a Jeopardy Tournament.

He previously competed in 2022, where he won $79,098 through four straight episodes. During that contest, he failed to answer a $1000 question: “It’s the ascension heavenward by true Christians both living and dead at Christ’s second coming.”

Rather than a buzz in “What is the rapture,” he let the answer pass him by, later explaining on Reddit:

“Here’s the thing—I don’t believe in the rapture. In fact, most Christians don’t hold the rapture as a doctrine and haven’t for most of church history—the literal reading of Revelation is a product of the modern era, not the patristic era. As written, I thought the clue’s correct response required “Christians” to mean all Christians (or at least all Christians other than tiny splinter groups). It was too late when I got to what they wanted.”

However, he was never in serious contention during this match, with a competitor taking an early insurmountable lead. During ‘Final Jeopardy’ the category was ‘New Testament,’ and the contestants were asked: “This city now in Turkey is the addressee of one of the New Testament epistles & the setting for ‘The Comedy of Errors.'”

Sibley guessed “Corinth,” whereas the correct answer was “What is Ephesus.”

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1 thought on “Episcopal Priest Loses Jeopardy! Tournament After Being Stumped on Bible Question

  1. We had the episode on while visiting family. Ken the Mormon asked the Anglican Priest, if while studying trivia for the show, was he not spending much time in the Bible then…? The Skittles Priest then answered something to the effect “no, not so much.” He also looked ashamed when he missed the question to the answer which is “what is Ephesus?”It seems the Lord proving his Word true as he always does…”The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.” Proverbs 16:1. At least the theological liberals of our day are much more biblically ignorant than most of the 5 year olds in the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) congregations here in the US, so no problem for us to refute them with ease in their apostasy .

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