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 goes against the First Commandment?

2. From where do the priests of the northern kingdom trace their ancestry?

3. Who goes into exile with Jeremiah?

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

5. To whom does Deuteronomy give jurisdiction in legal matters?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe clues to who wrote Deuteronomy.

7. 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?

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

9. How does the importance of sacrificing becomes apparent?

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

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, Why Ezra Could Not Leave Out Certain Passages from the Torah. First (1) define how Ezra had a bias toward the Aaronid priesthood, (2) how he was confronted with writers who disagreed with the centralized location for sacrifices, and (3) then explain how popular familiarity of Bible stories prevented him from simply tossing out writings of those he disagreed with.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, Why It Is Important to Know Who Wrote the Bible. Your essay should contain (1) examples of contradictory opinions written into the text, (2) how knowing something about the various writers sheds light on those contradictions, and (3) whether the honest inclusion of those opposing ideas add or detract from the validity of the Bible.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, Comparison of Covenants. Summarize the covenants of (1) Abraham, (2) Moses, and (3) David. Analyze them from the standpoint of equivocation, purpose, and reward. Apply the debate about unconditional covenants from God which was used as an argument against multiple writers of the Torah.

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