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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why are the virgin daughters of one Israelite town that does not answer the call to massacre the Benjaminites allowed to be raped by the survivors?
(a) To punish them for disobeying.
(b) In order to preserve the tribe's existence among the twelve.
(c) To get revenge on the Benjaminites.
(d) They want to show their power.

2. What is the order of the Jewish text?
(a) Silence to Action to speech.
(b) Action to speech to silence.
(c) Speech to action to silence.
(d) Action to silence to speech.

3. How does God seem to be taking up ethical matters?
(a) He has a strategic plan for dealing with ethical manners.
(b) He does not care about ethics.
(c) On a case-by-case basis.
(d) In a zero-tolerance policy.

4. Many technical studies deal with how the God of Israel arose as a fusion of Semitic deities, but what do they fail to ask?
(a) How this affected the Jews?
(b) How did all this feel to God?
(c) What deities were part of this fusion?
(d) Of what other cultures was the God of Israel a god?

5. What does humanity reflect?
(a) The beliefs of our ancestors.
(b) The free will the creator bestowed upon humanity.
(c) The multiplicity and unity of its creator.
(d) The sins and transgressions of those who have passed away.

6. What is the unifying principle of the Tanakh?
(a) God' love for himself.
(b) God's war with himself.
(c) God's love of humankind.
(d) God's fight with the devil.

7. What can one gain from examining the Bible as a literary biography of God?
(a) Once can learn the truths of the Bible and convert.
(b) One can become closer to God and his infinite wisdom and strength.
(c) Insight into the Western ideal of character without having to subscribe to the religious trappings of Judaism or Christianity.
(d) Understanding of how perfect God is.

8. Why do the Jew leave the text where it is?
(a) For dramatic effect.
(b) God asks to have the order kept in its original form.
(c) They adopt the codex as a way of preserving the contents of their ancient scrolls.
(d) It is the true order and should not be changed.

9. When did God appear more wild and thunderous than any time before?
(a) On Mt. Sinai.
(b) In Jerusalem.
(c) In the whirlwind.
(d) In Egypt.

10. Why is the God of Genesis frustrating?
(a) He is ferocious.
(b) He changes his mind frequently.
(c) He lacks the kind of past that allows people to get to know one another.
(d) He does not know what he is doing.

11. What is God's story the key to understanding?
(a) Western character by non-Westerners and non-believers.
(b) Asian character by non-Easterners and non-believers.
(c) Mesopotamian character by non-Mesopotamians and non-believers.
(d) Eastern character by non-Easterners and non-believers.

12. What are the traits that come to the fore?
(a) Ferocious, yet lacking in power.
(b) Fearsome and powerful.
(c) Benign and resilient.
(d) Supreme power but peaceful.

13. How do critics and scholars differ?
(a) Their beliefs about what is literature.
(b) What colleges they attend.
(c) How to approach literary characters.
(d) How they study poetry.

14. What happens to God's plan of establishing a nation peacefully obedient to the detailed moral code he promulgated?
(a) It succeeds somewhat.
(b) It is not as successful as God had planned.
(c) It fails.
(d) It succeeds.

15. How is the Hebrew God different from those of Greek mythology?
(a) He creates a human that is also part god.
(b) He has a wife.
(c) He takes no action without thinking of man, has no "adventures," and has no divine companions.
(d) He is peaceful at all times.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what literary character does the author compare God?

2. Through the end of 2 Kings, God is never referred to as a king, instead, how does he speak of himself?

3. To what have believers grown accustomed?

4. What are the three aspects of divine self-discovery?

5. How does God come to understand that he wants to limit and channel the gift of procreation?

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