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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. Why does Friedman hold early Biblical scholars in high esteem?
(a) they studied ancient languages.
(b) what they had done correctly outweighs their mistakes.
(c) they got everything right about the authors of the Bible.
(d) they made their judgements from English translations.

2. What is the first law given in Deuteronomy?
(a) to cease offering blood sacrifices.
(b) thou shall not bear false witness.
(c) thou shall not make idols.
(d) to worship in a central place.

3. Who allows the Jews to return to their home country?
(a) Alexander the Great.
(b) Ramses the Second.
(c) Cyrus the Great.
(d) Baltshazzar the Benevolent.

4. What does Friedman suggest gives a clue as to the identity of the writer D?
(a) the language used in writing Deuteronomy.
(b) the contents of the law code presented in Deuteronomy.
(c) the changes in the wording of the law.
(d) the length of the book of Deuteronomy.

5. What is Freidman's analogy to the problem of the fall of Judah?
(a) a movie with the last reel missing.
(b) an American history that ends with JFK.
(c) a British history that ends with Henry VIII.
(d) a Shakespearean play with no final act.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to the accounts of writers J, E, and P?

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

3. What is the third part assumption of the pious fraud?

4. What artifact ceases to be mentioned in Jewish history at the time of the return?

5. Why does Friedman say that insertions were necessary in Deuteronomy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the brilliant mistake made in regard to discovering the identity of writer P?

4. Why is the period 587-400 B.C. difficult to understand?

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

6. How does Friedman react to the idea that the prophets did not know about writer P?

7. Where does Friedman place the Tabernacle at the time of the First Temple?

8. How does writer P interject his ideas about miracles and the authority of the Aaronid priests?

9. How did Cyrus the Great figure into the history of the Jewish exile?

10. How does the work of R leave the door open for why the Bible seems to contradict itself in some places and obviously does in others?

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