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 is the first law given in Deuteronomy?

2. Why did it take hundreds of years for anyone to suspect there was more than one writer involved in the written Torah?

3. Why does Friedman hold early Biblical scholars in high esteem?

4. What is the guilt of the Jews that led them into exile?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Friedman speculate held the Jewish people together, even during the exile?

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

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

5. Describe clues to who wrote Deuteronomy.

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

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

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

9. During what historical time frame does Friedman place the writer P?

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

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 I Believe the Bible is Controversial. In this opinion piece, list areas of controversy surrounding the Bible in the world today. Touch on the subject of how people often do not understand what they read in the Bible because they have not read in depth. Analyze whether you think it is possible for everyone to understand the Bible alike and state your reasons.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, Different Ways of Looking at the Bible. In your essay discuss the Bible as (1) literature, (2) history, and (3) a sacred text. Give examples of each.

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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