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

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

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

4. Where are there references to the guilt and pain of the exile?
(a) Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
(b) Psalms, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah.
(c) Proverbs, 2 Chronicles, Hosea, and Amos.
(d) Judges, Ruth, Esther, and Obadiah.

5. What does Jeremiah mention in his writing that none of the other prophets mention?
(a) the breaking of the tables of stone.
(b) the mountain of transfiguration.
(c) the bronze snake of Moses.
(d) Aaron and the golden calf.

6. Where do the authors D and E write that Moses received the Ten Commandments?
(a) Mt. Olives.
(b) Mt. Horeb.
(c) Mt. Sinai.
(d) Mt. Zion.

7. Who does Friedman identify as the writer of Deuteronomy?
(a) Jeremiah.
(b) Moses.
(c) Aaron.
(d) Hezekiah.

8. What happened to the accounts of writers J, E, and P?
(a) they were preserved in separate books.
(b) they became stitched together into one Pentateuch.
(c) they were edited to remove any trace of bias.
(d) they were discounted in favor of Moses' writing.

9. According to the laws of Deuteronomy, where was the central place for sacrifices?
(a) Bethlehem.
(b) Jerusalem.
(c) Horeb.
(d) Shiloh.

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

11. From where does Friedman speculate the laws came from in the writings of Author P?
(a) they likely came from Divine revelation.
(b) they likely arose from other texts.
(c) they were likely points everyone agreed on.
(d) they were likely oral traditions.

12. What does Friedman conclude about the Tabernacle after the first Temple was built?
(a) that it was burned to prevent idolatry.
(b) that it was set up behind the Temple.
(c) that it was used to cover the Temple.
(d) that the it actually existed inside the Holy of Holies.

13. What is Author P's interpretation of God?
(a) a dispassionate and just deity.
(b) a mysterious and capricious God.
(c) a gracious and merciful God.
(d) a diety modelled after the pagan gods.

14. Why does Friedman conclude that P was written during King Hezekiah's reign?
(a) the fact that P puts its emphasis on centralized religion.
(b) the fact that P reveres the Mosiac priesthood.
(c) the fact that P favors dispersed sacrificial centers.
(d) the fact that P dates himself in his writing.

15. What does Friedman say about Jeremiah's familiarity with Author P before the exile?
(a) that Jeremiah admired what he had done.
(b) that Jeremiah got his material from Author P.
(c) that Jeremiah was hostile toward the priestly author.
(d) that Jeremiah never heard of him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Friedman classify as a brilliant mistake?

2. How is Baruch mentioned in the book of Jeremiah?

3. From where do the priests of the northern kingdom trace their ancestry?

4. What is inferred about the Davidic Covenant in the revised Deuteronomy?

5. What happened after the fall of the kingdom of Israel?

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