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

2. What happened to the snake sculpture that Moses had built in the wilderness?
(a) copies were made for all areas of the kingdom.
(b) it was taken by the Assyrians.
(c) Hezekiah destroyed it.
(d) it was brought to the Temple.

3. What are the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy commonly called by Christians?
(a) the Ten Commandments.
(b) the Pentateuch.
(c) the Prophets.
(d) the Torah.

4. Primarily, what is Deuteronomy mostly about?
(a) science.
(b) praise.
(c) history.
(d) laws.

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

6. What were the cherubs inside the Holy of Holies?
(a) statues of baby angels carrying bows and arrows.
(b) two statues of a four-legged animals with wings and the heads of humans.
(c) abstract statues of angels.
(d) statues of golden calves with wings.

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

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

9. What does this two author evidence provide?
(a) that the books were put together objectively.
(b) that there are doubts about the authenticity of the Bible.
(c) that the books were written long after Moses.
(d) that Moses must have been the sole writer.

10. What religious practice was done by Hezekiah's son and grandson?
(a) barring all religion altogether.
(b) further reforms to solidify the position of Jerusalem.
(c) introduction of new religions.
(d) back to the ways of following Assyrian religions.

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

12. 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 only the tribe of Levi may have been enslaved.
(d) that they were not enslaved so much as over taxed.

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

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

15. When does the Davidic king, Zedekiah, lose the throne and become a prisoner in Babylon?
(a) 722 B.C.
(b) 777 B.C.
(c) 487 B.C.
(d) 587 B.C.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Frank Moore Cross, a biblical scholar at Harvard University, argue against looking for an author of Deuteronomy after 587 B.C.?

2. What scandal occurred in David's household that ended in a murder?

3. What was clever about moving the capital from Judah to Jerusalem?

4. Why can J and E not be separated on the basis of style alone?

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

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