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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 scandal occurred in David's household that ended in a murder?
(a) David's wife had an affair with a priest.
(b) David's son, Absolum, took bribes from the tribes.
(c) David's brothers attempted to assassinate him.
(d) David's oldest son, Amnon, raped Tamar, his half-sister.

2. Why did the idea that there were four authors of the Pentateuch meet with resistance among Christians and Jews?
(a) the idea was suspected of trying to undermine the Bible.
(b) the idea was too complicated to understand.
(c) the idea was too much of a change from traditional thinking.
(d) the idea was thought to be the work of the Devil.

3. What do scholars call two different versions of the same story?
(a) a doublet.
(b) a puzzle.
(c) a repetition.
(d) a contradiction.

4. Why was the pressure to unite under a King?
(a) the might of the Philistines.
(b) the proplem of tribal disunity.
(c) the need to be like the Egyptians.
(d) the rule of law.

5. What is one reason that the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem was unsuccessful?
(a) Egypt came to war with Assyria.
(b) Hezekiah had built a tunnel under the city to bring in fresh water.
(c) Hezekiah married an Assyrian princess.
(d) supplies were being smuggled in from the south.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is King Josiah killed?

2. What is the status of Aaron in the narrative of Author E?

3. Why is the authorship of the Bible a comparatively recent field of study?

4. What does Friedman say is not his purpose in writing the book?

5. What innovation does the reformist King introduce?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the story of Moses smashing the tablets of stone tend to discredit the southern kingdom of Judah?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the tie in between the Golden Calf idol made at the foot of mount Sinai and the images of the cherubim in both the northern and southern regions?

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

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

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