Who Wrote the Bible? Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Elliott Friedman
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one reason that the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem was unsuccessful?

2. What are the dates Friedman puts on the two writers?

3. What is the traditional belief about the authorship of the first five books of the Bible?

4. Where and when does Friedman place the writing of Deuteronomy?

5. What was the political structure for the Israelites?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Before the kings of Israel, who were the hierarchy among the Israelis?

3. What is some other evidence for the book of Deuteronomy having been of fairly recent writing?

4. Discuss the evidence that the book of Deuteronomy was written to support the reforms of King Josiah.

5. Describe the locations where the Bible was produced, the lifestyle of the people, and the methods used for writing.

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

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

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

9. Discuss the period of time when the written compilation of the Bible as we have it today began.

10. What method does Friedman use to determine the identity of Author E?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, The Great Kings of the Israelites. Using the characters of David, Solomon, Hezekiah, and Josiah, detail each in terms of (1) wealth and power, (2) relationship to God, and (3) personal strengths and weaknesses.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, How Friedman's Book Changed My Ideas About the Bible. First, (1) explain your mind set about the Bible before reading Friedman's book, then (2) discuss the great lengths scholars such as Friedman have gone to in discovering the existence of various writers, and finally, (3) discuss whether the evidence presented seems plausible to you and whether it altered your interpretation of the Bible in any way.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, The Responsibility, Checks and Balances of Biblical Research. Detail the responsibility of a biblical scholar to be as objective as possible also using the criteria Friedman insists on before recognizing the validity of such work. Discuss the checks and balances that come from comparison with other biblical scholars.

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