Jacob Harris is headed to the National Bible Bee later this month. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Jacob Harris is headed to the National Bible Bee later this month. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

Some people know their Scripture. Few 14-year-olds know it like Keizer’s Jacob Harris.

After taking third in a regional Bible Bee earlier this year, Harris is headed to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to compete in the national event Nov. 20-23.

“The most difficult part is trying to anticipate what they are going to ask on the test, and it’s a monumental amount of verses (to learn),” Harris, a freshman at Crosshill Christian School in Turner.

Harris placed third in the junior bracket at a regional Bible Bee in McMinnville and made the cut (top 150 of 1,100) for the national competition, which has a prize of $50,000 for his age group. For the regional bee, Harris had to memorize 25 Bible verses, recite 20 of them within 10 minutes and take a written test on a specific chapter of the Bible. The mountain set in front of him in Tennessee is much taller.

“There will be a 200-question test on the Book of Ephesians. There’s also a passage recital portion, but it’s 20 passages out of 661 possibilities,” Harris said. “It’s not for the faint-of-heart.”

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