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. What was an important Jewish city that fell to the Assyrians?
(a) the Judean city of Bethleham.
(b) the Judean city of Nineveh.
(c) the Judean city of Jericho.
(d) the Judean city of Lachish.

2. Why did Frank Moore Cross, a biblical scholar at Harvard University, argue against looking for an author of Deuteronomy after 587 B.C.?
(a) there are no scrolls after 587 B.C.
(b) one Israelite kingdom no longer existed.
(c) the phrase "to this day" is often employed in the text.
(d) the language of Deuteronomy predates 587 B.C.

3. How is King Josiah killed?
(a) by an Egyptian arrow.
(b) by poison in his palace.
(c) by a Babylonian spear.
(d) by an Assyrian hanging.

4. What does Friedman say is not his purpose in writing the book?
(a) to get more people to read the Bible.
(b) to disprove the Bible.
(c) to re-write the Bible.
(d) to evaluate the Bible.

5. Where and when does Friedman place the writing of Deuteronomy?
(a) in Shechem around 587 B.C.
(b) in Egypt around 722 B.C.
(c) in Babylon around 550 B.C.
(d) in Jerusalem around 622 B.C.

6. Why does Author E's writing about God's commandment cast doubt on the golden cherubs of Judah?
(a) it condemns making of images to worship.
(b) it omits the commandment about carved images.
(c) it praises only cast gold like the northern calves.
(d) it condemns plating with gold a carved image.

7. What do scholars call two different versions of the same story?
(a) a contradiction.
(b) a puzzle.
(c) a doublet.
(d) a repetition.

8. By the end of the 19th Century what name does the four author idea take on?
(a) the Quadra Hypothesis.
(b) the Fourth Dimension.
(c) the Documentary Hypothesis
(d) the Four Horsemen.

9. Why did Author E get his designation?
(a) he never uses the singular for God.
(b) he refers to God as Edom.
(c) his fist name was Elgar.
(d) he always refers to God, El, or Elohim.

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

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

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

13. What information comes from knowing who wrote the Bible and when it was written?
(a) whether the text is authentic or not.
(b) how the languages have changed over the years.
(c) only what the text means to us today.
(d) what the text meant in the Biblical world itself.

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

15. Where does Friedman place Author E?
(a) in Babylon.
(b) in Edom.
(c) in Israel.
(d) in Egypt.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is one reason that the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem was unsuccessful?

3. What did Spinoza point out about Moses being called "the humblest man on Earth"?

4. What covenant between God and man does Author J favor?

5. What are the dates Friedman puts on the two writers?

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