Who Wrote the Bible? Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

Richard Elliott Friedman
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3 Two Kingdoms, Two Writers.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many chief priests did David appoint?
(a) one from the north and one from the south.
(b) twelve for each of the tribes.
(c) three to have an unequal number.
(d) one from the north.

2. Beside the references to Yahweh or El, are there other differences between J and E?
(a) Yes, there are narrative differences.
(b) No, there are no seemingly contradictory statements.
(c) Yes, there are distinct stylistic differences.
(d) No, there are no stylistic differences.

3. How did David solidify relationships with different important regions?
(a) by marrying women from those areas.
(b) by selecting their daughters for his sons.
(c) by selecting generals from each area.
(d) by reducing their taxes.

4. At what point does E switch from using El or Elohim in reference to God?
(a) after he becomes a very old man.
(b) when he satirizes J's account.
(c) after he has read J's texts.
(d) at the point when Yahweh tells Moses his name.

5. What effect did the first suggestions that more than one writer wrote the Pentateuch have on Christian clergy?
(a) they thought it explained a lot about scripture.
(b) they rejected the idea.
(c) they believed they were answering questions.
(d) they agreed with the new scholarship.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the status of Aaron in the narrative of Author E?

2. What information comes from knowing who wrote the Bible and when it was written?

3. With all the people who have read and studied the Bible, what is one thing few of them know?

4. What story does Friedman use to illustrate the two author concept?

5. What are the tribes of Israel conquered by the Assyrians in 722 B.C.?

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