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Richard Elliott Friedman
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was clever about moving the capital from Judah to Jerusalem?
(a) Jerusalem did not belong to any tribe.
(b) Jerusalem represented a new beginning.
(c) Jerusalem was centrally located.
(d) Jerusalem was a thriving trade city.

3. When did a second writer add brief stories about the kings who followed Josiah?
(a) after the building of the Temple.
(b) after the return to Jerusalem.
(c) after the fall of Judah.
(d) after the invasion of Egypt.

4. What is Friedman's conclusion regarding Author E?
(a) that he is an Israelite Levite.
(b) that he is related to Jeroboam.
(c) that E is a woman.
(d) that E copied Author J's writings.

5. What unusual speculation does Friedman make regarding the Egyptian bondage?
(a) that only the tribe of Levi may have been enslaved.
(b) that Moses did not really lead them out of Egypt.
(c) that they were not enslaved so much as over taxed.
(d) that the tribe of Levi was left out of the slavery.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was David anointed King?

2. What is the traditional belief about the authorship of the first five books of the Bible?

3. In short, what is the difference in the two different accounts of events in Genesis?

4. Beside the references to Yahweh or El, are there other differences between J and E?

5. What symbol in Exodus parallels a similar object in the northern kingdom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What method does Friedman use to determine the identity of Author E?

2. Discuss the period of time when the written compilation of the Bible as we have it today began.

3. What are some of the measures David undertook to unite the twelve tribes after he became King?

4. Describe the locations where the Bible was produced, the lifestyle of the people, and the methods used for writing.

5. Why was another author identified as the writer of Deuteronomy?

6. How did King Jeroboam solidify his position after the kingdoms split into norther and southern kingdoms?

7. Discuss the evidence that the book of Deuteronomy was written to support the reforms of King Josiah.

8. What conclusion did Friedman wish to build a stronger case for?

9. How long after the initial evidence of multiple writers of the Bible were discovered did it become clear that two more writers were also involved?

10. What does the phrase "to this day" suggest in the book of Deuteronomy?

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