Who Wrote the Bible? Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Richard Elliott Friedman
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who were among the first to control the politics of the Israelites?
(a) kings.
(b) tribunals.
(c) judges.
(d) prophets.

2. What is a central part of the Jewish and Christian religions?
(a) that God never speaks to humankind.
(b) that God takes tribute from humankind.
(c) that God gives advice to humankind.
(d) that God makes covenants with humankind.

3. What writer became known as Author D?
(a) the third autor of the Pentateuch.
(b) the chronicler of David.
(c) the writer who penned the book of Daniel.
(d) the author of Deuteronomy.

4. What did Solomon build that was larger than the Temple?
(a) a university.
(b) a gold depository.
(c) a barracks for his army.
(d) his palace.

5. What unusual speculation does Friedman make regarding the Egyptian bondage?
(a) that Moses did not really lead them out of Egypt.
(b) that the tribe of Levi was left out of the slavery.
(c) that they were not enslaved so much as over taxed.
(d) that only the tribe of Levi may have been enslaved.

6. How long has the Bible been in existence?
(a) two thousand years.
(b) five hundred years.
(c) thousands of years.
(d) a millenium.

7. How does Friedman build the case that Author E favored Israel and was, in fact, from Israel, probably the city of Shiloh?
(a) through analysis of the Ten Commandments story.
(b) through the coded messages in the story.
(c) through historical and archeological discoveries.
(d) through the process of elimination.

8. Why was the pressure to unite under a King?
(a) the proplem of tribal disunity.
(b) the might of the Philistines.
(c) the rule of law.
(d) the need to be like the Egyptians.

9. Oddly enough, where do the Judeans flee when under attack by Assyria and Babylonia?
(a) Shiloh.
(b) Midian.
(c) Egypt.
(d) the wilderness.

10. What is a characteristic of Author J's writings?
(a) he leaves out important elements of the stories.
(b) he avoids the covenant between Moses and God.
(c) he extolls Moses over Abraham.
(d) he appears to favor Israel over Judah.

11. What was the political structure for the Israelites?
(a) they had a tribunal.
(b) they consisted of twelve tribes.
(c) they were anarchists.
(d) they lived under a king.

12. How does it appear that doublets have been treated to form the Bible?
(a) they have simply been ignored.
(b) the best one has been selected to include.
(c) they have been cut and reduced to make one story.
(d) they have been left out of the text.

13. What does Friedman suggest the combination of the two writers symbolizes?
(a) the destruction of Jerusalem.
(b) the reuniting of the Jewish people.
(c) the changes in Jewish thinking.
(d) the Babylonian captivity.

14. When did a second writer add brief stories about the kings who followed Josiah?
(a) after the invasion of Egypt.
(b) after the return to Jerusalem.
(c) after the fall of Judah.
(d) after the building of the Temple.

15. What did Isaac ibn Yashush notice in the eleventh century about the list of kings in Genesis 36?
(a) the list is inaccurate.
(b) Moses personally knew them all.
(c) there were no kings during the time of Moses.
(d) it includes people who lived long after Moses.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were the cherubs inside the Holy of Holies?

2. What does the Author J's story of Noah do that the Author E's story does not?

3. When does the Davidic king, Zedekiah, lose the throne and become a prisoner in Babylon?

4. In what way was Yahweh different from the gods of the people around the Hebrews?

5. What does this two author evidence provide?

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