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 are the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy commonly called by Christians?

2. Why are tribal references important in discovering the different authors?

3. What lay in the ark under the wings of the cherubs?

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

5. Who were among the first to control the politics of the Israelites?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How long after the initial evidence of multiple writers of the Bible were discovered did it become clear that two more writers were also involved?

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

4. After placing the date of the writing of Deuteronomy as around 622 B.C., what becomes Friedman's next task?

5. What are some of the measures David undertook to unite the twelve tribes after he became King?

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

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

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

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

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 Lands of the Bible. Select the major areas of Egypt, Persia, Syria, and Judea and discuss each in terms of (1) physical features, (2) agriculture and trade, and (3) political impact on world history.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, Why People Disagree in Certain Areas of Religion. Begin by discussing (1) the differences of opinion about centralized religion in biblical times. (2) Note examples of disagreement in modern day religion. (3) Evaluate in your opinion the importance of those differences.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, I Would (or Would Not) Like to Be a Biblical Scholar. This essay is your personal opinion about doing scholarly research into the Bible. It involves linguistics of ancient languages, knowledge of history, archeological discoveries, and long hours of research. You should express your opinion about your personal interest or lack thereof in those areas.

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