Bible Quiz champ displays biblical morals, tries to return award

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Displaying not only knowledge of the Bible, but also devotion to its precepts, World Bible Quiz champion Yishai Gaspan on Tuesday pleaded to have is score docked and the first place prize awarded to the runner-up after discovering that one of his answers has been partially incorrect.

Gaspan, a 17-year-old yeshiva student from Jerusalem, learned after being declared the winner that earlier in the competition he had mistakenly named the wrong Assyrian king when quoting a biblical passage, reported Ha'aretz.

Israel's Channel 2 News showed the young man launch into an impassioned argument with the event's host in an effort to correct the error and have runner-up Tamar Kronman named as champion.

But judge Yitzhak Navon, who was Israel's fifth president, rejected the appeal, telling Gaspan that he displayed tremendous knowledge of the Bible, and that the specific name of the Assyrian king had not been required for the answer in question.

The World Bible Quiz is held annually on in Jerusalem on Israel's Independence Day. Sixty-four youths from 35 countries participated this year.

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