Most of us know Bingo, the simple game of chance. Each player has one or more Bingo cards containing 24 numbers and a free space in the middle. The game master randomly calls out a number between 1 and 75, traditionally by spinning a large round cage that dispenses one numbered ball at a time. Players with that number mark them on their Bingo cards. The first player to mark 5 numbers in a row shouts “Bingo!” and, if verified, wins a prize.
Bingo may be a simple and straight forward game but playing it can be an emotional roller coaster. You begin the game with a sense of anticipation and hope. Each time your number gets called, you feel pleased and even experience a strange sense of achievement. Otherwise you get disappointed or even frustrated. The game builds up as more and more numbers are called. The tide can turn either way, so you can’t be too smug even if you are on the verge of winning. The last player to mark any number on their Bingo card may ultimately emerge as the surprising winner.
Bible Bingo is a popular variation of the Bingo game, replacing the numbers 1 through 75 with the names of 66 books of the Bible. In this free printable version of Bible Bingo, each book of the Bible is accompanied by a full-color illustration.
Download, print and cut up the Bible Bingo Cards. (Each sheet contains 2 unique cards.)
This printable contains 12 unique Bible Bingo Cards. You do not need to print all the cards. Just print as many as you need. (If you have more than 12 players, you will need to print multiple copies.)
Download, print and cut up the Bible Bingo Calling Cards. There are 66 unique calling cards, corresponding to the 66 Books of the Bible. Place all 66 Bible Bingo Calling Cards in a stack. Give the Calling Cards a good shuffle to mix them up.
You may also like to download and print the following optional resources for your reference during the game or for your discussion thereafter.
A Closer look at the Bible Bingo Cards
The Bible Bingo Cards are divided into sections that match the sections of the Bible:
On the first 3 rows of the Bible Bingo Cards you will find the books of the Old Testament. The leftmost column contains the books of the Law (with a dark green border), followed by History (light green border), Poetry (purple border), Major Prophets (dark blue border) and Minor Prophets (light blue border).
On the bottom 2 rows are books of the New Testament. Although the New Testament is divided into 5 sections in the Bible, we have divided it into only 3 sections in this game since 2 of these sections comprise only 1 book each. The leftmost column contains the books of the Gospels together with the only History book (with a red border), followed by Letters from Paul (yellow border) and General Letters together with the only Prophecy book (pink border).
The border colors on the Bible Bingo Cards correspond to the colors on the Bible Bingo Calling Cards.
How to Play Bible Bingo
Give each player 1 (or more) Bible Bingo Card.
Tell everyone to cross out the “Free Space” square in the middle of their Cards.
The game leader picks 1 Bible Bingo Calling Card and calls out the book of the Bible and the section which it falls under.
All the players with that book on their Bible Bingo Card can cross out that square.
The first player to cross out 5 squares in a row (in any direction) and shouts “Bible Bingo!” wins.
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