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Bible Quiz

The Hebrew Bible is hardly bound by its covers; it has inspired significant commentary and criticism. How much do you know about the contents of the Bible, and about biblical scholarship?

Question 1. Why do many modern Bible scholars believe that the Torah had multiple authors or redactors?
 Because the Torah has internal contradictions
 Because there are shifts in language between different sections of the Torah
 Because different sections of the Torah reflect different outlooks
 All of these reasons


Question 2. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah describe what event in Jewish history?
 The return to Zion around 538 B.C.E
 The destruction of the Second Temple
 King Davidís affair with Bathsheba
 When King Nebuchadnezzar ordered Arioch to kill all the wise men of Babylon


Question 3. On what holiday is Ecclesiastes read?
 Rosh Hashanah


Question 4. What was the name of the King of Moab who wanted Balaam to curse the Israelites?


Question 5. Where and when is the Book of Lamentations set?
 In Jerusalem in the days after the Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians
 In Jerusalem in the days after the Temple was destroyed by the Romans
 In Samaria after the division into two kingdoms after King Solomon
 In exile after the conquest of the northern kingdom of Israel by the Assyrian Empire


Question 6. The Book of Chronicles never mentions
 The story of creation
 The Exodus from Egypt
 King David
 The Temple in Jerusalem


Question 7. According to rabbinic tradition, who is the author of Song of Songs?
 King Hezekiah
 King David
 King Solomon


Question 8. What are the names of the three major prophets whose extensive writings are the longest in Neviíim Aharonim?
 Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel
 Joshua, Samuel, and David
 Solomon, David, and Saul
 Elijah, Elisha, and Nathan


Question 9. What is the name of the son born to Abraham and Hagar (Sarahís servant)?


Question 10. Every day in the Temple in Jerusalem the Levites sang:
 The story of creation
 The Song of Songs
 A Psalm for the day of the week
 Hannah's prayer