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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. Who proposed three historical stages for the development of Israel?
(a) Julius Wellhausen.
(b) Friedman.
(c) Savanerola.
(d) Spinoza.

2. Why can J and E not be separated on the basis of style alone?
(a) the books are not long enough to make that call.
(b) there are too many similarities in their styles.
(c) there is not enough evidence of stylistic differences.
(d) there really are no stylistic differences.

3. Where and when does Friedman place the writing of Deuteronomy?
(a) in Jerusalem around 622 B.C.
(b) in Babylon around 550 B.C.
(c) in Egypt around 722 B.C.
(d) in Shechem around 587 B.C.

4. What observation did Thomas Hobbes make about certain language in the Bible.
(a) the language is unquestionably uniform.
(b) the language indicates little change in usage.
(c) phrases like "to this day" are used to talk about the past.
(d) phrases like "to this day" could only come from God.

5. Who was the last judge before Saul became King of Israel?
(a) Ethan.
(b) Joshua.
(c) Samuel.
(d) Abraham.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was the pressure to unite under a King?

2. What do scholars call two different versions of the same story?

3. Who was the fifth person involved in the four author idea?

4. What is Friedman's conclusion regarding Author E?

5. What innovation does the reformist King introduce?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were some of the major reforms initiated by King Hezekiah?

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

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

5. What do scholars use to determine the different writers?

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

7. What is different about the God of the Hebrews?

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

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

10. What made it evident that there were two different writers identified as Author J who became identified as Author E?

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