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. Why can J and E not be separated on the basis of style alone?
(a) there really are no stylistic differences.
(b) there are too many similarities in their styles.
(c) the books are not long enough to make that call.
(d) there is not enough evidence of stylistic differences.

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) one Israelite kingdom no longer existed.
(b) there are no scrolls after 587 B.C.
(c) the phrase "to this day" is often employed in the text.
(d) the language of Deuteronomy predates 587 B.C.

3. What did Spinoza point out about Moses being called "the humblest man on Earth"?
(a) it is not something he would call himself.
(b) it is a lie.
(c) it shows that Moses wrote the first five books.
(d) it is a strange thing to say about Moses.

4. Why does Cross propose that Deuteronomy was written during the reign of King Josiah?
(a) at that time writers had more time to write.
(b) at that time things were looking rosy for the kingdom.
(c) at that time scholarship was prevelent in the kingdom.
(d) at that time there was a need for more information.

5. Where does Author J place Abraham in the story of genesis?
(a) in Hebron, the capital city of Judah under King David.
(b) in the city Peni-El, which King Jeroboam had built in Israel.
(c) in Shechem, the capital of Israel.
(d) in Jerusalem before it was called Jerusalem.

6. What is the traditional belief about the authorship of the first five books of the Bible?
(a) that Noah wrote them.
(b) that Isaiah wrote them.
(c) that Adam wrote them.
(d) that Moses wrote them.

7. Why do we know so little about the Hebrews prior to 1200 B.C.?
(a) they were a closed society.
(b) no one could write before 1200 B.C.
(c) only recently have scholars examined the literature.
(d) no records exist of that earlier time.

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

9. What was the book priest Hilkiah said he found in the Temple?
(a) Deuteronomy.
(b) Exodus.
(c) Genesis.
(d) the Torah.

10. What lay in the ark under the wings of the cherubs?
(a) the original stone tablets of the Ten Commandments.
(b) the original copies of the Torah.
(c) a tree that symbolized Yahweh.
(d) a lampstand with seven candles.

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

12. What is a salt lake and named so because the salt content is too high to support life other than microbes?
(a) the Dead Sea.
(b) the Mediterranean Sea.
(c) the Red Sea.
(d) the Sea of Galilee.

13. What does the Author J's story of Noah do that the Author E's story does not?
(a) it makes God more human.
(b) it gives God a greater purpose for the flood.
(c) it allows God to have regrets.
(d) it shows God as an abstract idea.

14. What is an important individual agreement between God and man?
(a) permanence for the throne of King David.
(b) eternal protection for the Temple.
(c) perpetual manna from heaven.
(d) safe haven for Jeremiah.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does De Witte say about the idea that Deuteronomy had been written specifically to support Josiah's reformation.

2. What unusual speculation does Friedman make regarding the Egyptian bondage?

3. What happened to the first books that suggested the traditional ideas about who wrote the Bible were wrong?

4. Why did Author E get his designation?

5. Primarily, what is Deuteronomy mostly about?

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