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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. Which of these books is NOT part of the former prophets?
 The Book of Joshua
 The Book of Judges
 The Book of Samuel
 The Book of Isaiah


Question 2. Jacob had twelve sons and how many daughters?


Question 3. Which of these books is not one of the five megillot?
 Song of Songs


Question 4. On what holiday is Ecclesiastes read?
 Rosh Hashanah


Question 5. True or False: Tamar was impregnated by her father-in-law.


Question 6. 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 7. When do scholars think the text of the Book of Esther was written?
 By an eyewitness to the events
 During the First Temple period
 During the Second Temple period
 In the second century CE


Question 8. How many parshiyot (portions) are there in the Torah?


Question 9. What is the Masoretic Text?
 The traditionally correct text of the Hebrew Bible, established by a group of scholars between the sixth and tenth centuries
 The oldest extant text of the Book of Genesis
 An ancient Jewish text that didn't make it into the biblical canon
 Another name for pseudepigrapha


Question 10. Which of these is NOT a section of the Hebrew Bible?