Midrash Quiz

Midrash Aggadah and Midrash Halakhah are rabbinic tools for interpreting the Bible. How much do you know about the origins and methods of these exegetical traditions?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. Which is an alternate name for Midrash Tanhuma?

Midrash Aggadah Midrash Yelamdenu Midrash Shelanu Midrash Petiha

Qustion 2. True or false: Midrashim are all stories.

True False

Qustion 3. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in

The Scroll of Esther The Book of Maccabees The Talmud The Torah

Qustion 4. Which of the following are examples of contemporary midrash?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I See the Promised Land" speech Passover Haggadahs "Turn, Turn, Turn," sung by the Byrds, written by Pete Seeger All of the above

Qustion 5. Which of these is NOT a work of halakhic midrash?

Vayikra Rabbah Sifra on Leviticus Mekhilta on Exodus Sifrei B'midbar

Qustion 6. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Yes No

Qustion 7. Which is the largest collection of midrash aggadah?

Midrash Rabbah Midrash Tanhuma The Mekhilta Sifre

Qustion 8. Serah has no part in any narrative in the Torah, but there are many midrashic traditions about her, including:

That she was Moses' mother That she married Pharaoh in order to save Moses That she identified Moses as the redeemer who would deliver the Israelites from Egypt That she taught Moses how to perform miracles in front of Pharaoh, because he was initially too scared

Qustion 9. What was Maimonides' position about how Jews should approach midrash?

They should understand midrashic teachings literally They should write midrash off as philosophically unsophisticated They should accept only the most rational midrashim They should approach midrash as a code of metaphors hinting at deeper truths

Qustion 10. What are the names of the books of legal midrash that comment on Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy?

Mishneh and Mishnah Tzedek and Tzedakah Sifre and Sifra Rabbi and Rebbe
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