Who Wrote the Bible? Test | Final 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 does Friedman conclude about the Tabernacle after the first Temple was built?

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

3. How does every book in the Pentateuch begin?

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

5. What does Friedman show about the Tabernacle and the Temple?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe clues to who wrote Deuteronomy.

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

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

4. How is King Josiah eliminated as a possible writer of Deuteronomy?

5. How does Friedman identify as writer R, the redactor who stitched together all the various versions into one Torah?

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

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

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

9. Describe the great irony of the P version of the Torah.

10. At what point does the original draft of Deuteronomy stop making sense?

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 Impact of the Bible on the World. This essay covers the ideas mentioned in the last chapter of Friedman's book, WHO WROTE THE BIBLE? Points of the essay should include (1) the impact of the Bible in reckoning time in the world today, (2) the effect of the Bible on moral codes, and (3) the nations that have been founded on biblical principles.

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 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.

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