Eitan Amos, a Jewish teenager from Canada, was this year’s winner of the International Bible Quiz,
The competition was held Tuesday, as in every year, at the Jerusalem Theater on Israel’s Independence Day.
Amos, an 18-year-old Toronto native, beat 15 other finalists from all over the world, answering questions posed by Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Rehovot native Tefila Berenson placed second, while Sha’alabim Yeshiva student Itamar Khalifa placed third.
“The compass and map that help us navigate our way in a changing and unchanging reality is the Book of Books, the foundation of our existence, the Bible,” Netanyahu said after awarding the winners their prizes.
“Foresight and being prepared for the future are the most important things. Without them, we are like leaves blowing in the wind, unable to influence our national existence,” said the prime minister.
Participating in the quiz throughout the year were 75 contestants from 33 countries around the world, including Portugal, Brazil, Costa Rica, Turkey, France, Australia, Belgium, and the United States, according to an official government statement.
However, only 16 made it to the final stage of the competition, which was held on Israel’s 66th Independence Day.
Last year, 15-year-old Yishai Eisenberg, a native of Passaic, New Jersey, and Elior Babian of Beit Shemesh shared the top prize.