Who Wrote the Bible? Test | Final Test - Medium

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. From where do the priests of the northern kingdom trace their ancestry?
(a) back to Jacob.
(b) back to Noah.
(c) back to Joseph.
(d) back to Moses.

2. How does this change in the writing affect the Davidic Covenant?
(a) it makes it null and void.
(b) it changes the Covenant completely.
(c) it provides a way for it to return on earth.
(d) it opens the way for a messiah.

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

4. What is in Deuteronomy to set up the possibility of the fall of Judah?
(a) references to being pursued.
(b) references to the flood.
(c) references to being exiled.
(d) references to the last king of Judah.

5. Who writes his book in much the same way that Deuteronomy had been written?
(a) Josiah.
(b) Jeremiah.
(c) David.
(d) Samuel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Friedman's description of Author P?

2. How does Jeremiah see the Aaronid priests like Author P?

3. What was so attractive about Wellhausen's summary?

4. According to Friedman's theory, when does that place Author P in time?

5. How does Friedman see Julius Wellhausen's summary of the second Temple theory for Author P?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the importance of sacrificing becomes apparent?

2. During what historical time frame does Friedman place the writer P?

3. Who accompanied Jeremiah into exile in Egypt and how did that affect the texts?

4. Explain how are D and E writers different from J and P authors?

5. At the rebuilding of the Temple, what is a major difference between it and the original Temple?

6. How did the various versions of the Torah evolve into the one we have today?

7. Why does Friedman finally identify Jeremiah as the author of Deuteronomy?

8. Why was a fix necessary for the text of Deuteronomy?

9. How was responsibility for the eventual exile of the people defined in the later text?

10. What does Friedman speculate held the Jewish people together, even during the exile?

(see the answer keys)

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