Biblical illiteracy is growing exponentially in the United States, which probably isn’t news that shocks you much considering the absolute debauchery we see our culture embracing on television, in movies, and in our public schools. However, back in the day, even unbelievers had at least a rudimentary familiarity with the Holy Scriptures of the Christian religion, especially when it came to familiar passages such as the Lord’s Prayer.
Not anymore. Not even among the so-called “highly educated.”
Fans of the hit long running game show “Jeopardy!” were livid with three contestants who appeared on the show and failed to pick up on an easy clue presented about the Lord’s Prayer.
According to a report from the Daily Wire, the show’s host, Mayim Bialik read a clue that said, “Matthew 6:9 says, ‘Our Father, which art in heaven, [THIS] be thy name.’”
“The camera cut to contestants Laura, Joe, and returning champion Suresh, but not one of them buzzed in with a response,” the report said.
Not one contestant on Jeopardy last night knew the answer to this…..
Are you waking up yet? pic.twitter.com/bBIhVntHwd
— Mimi Joeckel (@cantcancelmimi) June 14, 2023
The show’s dedicated fans immediately took to Twitter to share their disappointment.
“Today, 3 Jeopardy contestants did not know the first line of the ‘Lord’s Prayer!’ Sad. Our Father, who art in heaven, ________ be thy name; They didn’t know the answer: ‘Hallowed.’ Pathetic,” one individual posted.
“[Jeopardy] has 3 geniuses on the show today. The question was-In the Bible it says-Our Father, who art in heaven (blank) be thy name. The answer is Hallowed (of course)… none of the 3 knew the answer. Sad world we’re in,” another TV viewer said.
“That’s ‘hallowed,’ you heathens!” another person on the social media platform shared.
Some of the words featured in the Lord’s Prayer differ depending on the translation of the Bible a specific denomination uses, but one word that is the same throughout them all is “hallowed.”
One of the show’s fans made the suggestion that perhaps the contestants actually did know the answer, but were concerned they would mispronounce it, which is a frequent problem in the game.
“Nobody got this but I’m sure they all knew it but were worried about the PRONUNCIATION. ‘Hallowed’ or ‘hollowed,’” that person stated.
“Not one contestant on Jeopardy last night knew the answer to this…..Are you waking up yet?” a fan lamented.
This isn’t the first time “Jeopardy!” fans have had a strong reaction to contestants being labeled as wrong due to mispronunciation. Back in May all three people on the show were marked incorrect for their butchering of Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s name.
In all fairness, that name looks like someone sneezed out random letters of the alphabet on to a piece of paper and they landed in random order.
“An author and former prisoner: ‘Socialism of any type and shade leads to a total destruction of the human spirit,’” the clue read.
I mean, even though I can’t say the guy’s name to save my soul, I have to agree with the quote. History has confirmed that truth over and over again.
Let’s hope for more clues from the Bible on “Jeopardy!” as it causes folks to discuss the Scriptures, which leads to talk of the gospel, which then turns into people hearing about Jesus. I think that’s a win myself.
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