Who Wrote the Bible? Test | Final 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 in Deuteronomy to set up the possibility of the fall of Judah?
(a) references to the flood.
(b) references to being exiled.
(c) references to being pursued.
(d) references to the last king of Judah.

2. What was different about the religion of the Jews and those of other nations?
(a) its popularity.
(b) its monotheism.
(c) its longevity.
(d) its dogmatism.

3. What is the great irony of P's writing that favored the Aaronid priesthood?
(a) it was left out of the final Torah all together.
(b) it was re-written to fit J, E, and D.
(c) someone later pieced it all together with J, E, and D.
(d) it was approved even by Authors J, E, and D.

4. What is the third part assumption of the pious fraud?
(a) that religion was centralized.
(b) that religion was exclusive to Judah.
(c) that religion was uniform in two kingdoms.
(d) that religion was still being conceived.

5. Who goes into exile with Jeremiah?
(a) the High Priest.
(b) Miriam.
(c) Baruch.
(d) Ezra.

6. According to Friedman's theory, when does that place Author P in time?
(a) during the time of the first Temple.
(b) during the time of the conquest of Canaan.
(c) during the time of the exile.
(d) during the time of King David.

7. How does Friedman see Julius Wellhausen's summary of the second Temple theory for Author P?
(a) it was illogical, poorly put together, and confusing.
(b) it was logical, coherent, persuasive--and wrong.
(c) it did not hold together logically.
(d) it was logical but ignored major evidence.

8. What does Friedman speculate held the exiled Jews together?
(a) the nature of the Jewish religion.
(b) the smuggled copies of the Torah.
(c) the blood relationship among them.
(d) the resistance they put up.

9. From where did some of the inclusions into the Pentateuch come?
(a) the Davidic traditions.
(b) the Book of Generations.
(c) the Book of the Dead.
(d) the apocrypha.

10. What is Friedman's description of Author P?
(a) possibly a man or a woman.
(b) a scribe from Judah.
(c) likely an Aaronid priest and therefore male.
(d) possibly a Mosiac itinerant priest.

11. What does Friedman suggest is the only good news about the exile?
(a) that it only lasted fifty years.
(b) that the Jews became wealthy in Babylon and Egypt.
(c) that they missed a famine in Israel.
(d) that it educated the brightest young people.

12. What is the guilt of the Jews that led them into exile?
(a) sacrificing in the wrong places.
(b) eating forbidden foods.
(c) stopping all sacrifices.
(d) worshipping foreign gods.

13. Why does Friedman say that insertions were necessary in Deuteronomy?
(a) to pave the way for a new covenant.
(b) to deny the history of the Jews.
(c) to broaden the story about the role of priests.
(d) to prepare the readers for the new ending.

14. To determine if insertions have been made in a text, two or more of what elements must be present?
(a) wording, grammar, syntax, theme, and literary structure.
(b) cross references, credentials, and clear writing style.
(c) vocabulary, annotated references, and historical context.
(d) dates, times, proper names, and subject matter.

15. Why is it significant for some to trace their priestly ancestry back to Aaron?
(a) he was more important than Moses.
(b) he was the first Jewish High Priest.
(c) he was given the Ten Commandments.
(d) he was a goldsmith as well as a priest.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Friedman conclude about the Tabernacle after the first Temple was built?

2. What does Friedman say about Jeremiah's familiarity with Author P before the exile?

3. How were books written at the time of the Pentateuch authors?

4. What does Author P insist about the location for sacrifices?

5. Why did it take hundreds of years for anyone to suspect there was more than one writer involved in the written Torah?

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