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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 happened to the first books that suggested the traditional ideas about who wrote the Bible were wrong?
(a) the books became best sellers.
(b) the books were banned or burned.
(c) the books became required reading for clergy.
(d) the books were placed in all libraries.

2. What covenant between God and man does Author J favor?
(a) the covenant between God and Jacob.
(b) the covenant between God and Joseph.
(c) the covenant between God and Moses.
(d) the earlier covenant between Abraham and God.

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

4. What is seen in the Author E story of Jacob's blessing of his sons and grandsons?
(a) it includes all the tribes that make up Israel.
(b) it only includes the northern tribes of Israel.
(c) it mentions only two tribes.
(d) it has the tribes asking for a king.

5. What was the political structure for the Israelites?
(a) they had a tribunal.
(b) they lived under a king.
(c) they were anarchists.
(d) they consisted of twelve tribes.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How does J get around the problem of images in the north and south?

4. What are the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy commonly called by Christians?

5. What was different after David died and his son became King?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the pendulum swing of Jewish religion after King Josiah, Hezekiah's great grandson, came to power.

3. How did Hezekiah's son and grandson alter the reforms he had made?

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

5. What is the traditional belief that Friedman addresses in his book?

6. When was it discovered that at least two people authored parts of the Bible?

7. Explain Friedman's reason for writing WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?.

8. What is compelling evidence from modern scholarship that there were multiple writers of the Bible?

9. After placing the date of the writing of Deuteronomy as around 622 B.C., what becomes Friedman's next task?

10. How does Author J justify the southern calf images while casting aspersion on the norther versions?

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