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?

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Qustion 1. 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 2. How did Midrash Tanhuma get its name?

Tanhuma specifically refers to the era in which it was collected Rabbi Tanhuma was the first character to speak in the collection The Aramaic word "tanhuma" means "opening" "Tanhuma" was the original title of the collection

Qustion 3. What is a Midrash Yelamdenu?

A midrash that opens with the words "Teach us, Rabbi" A midrash that answers a legal question through exegesis of a biblical verse Primarily a mnemonic device to help one remember an already existing halakhah All of these

Qustion 4. How did Midrash Tanhuma get its name?

Tanhuma specifically refers to the era in which it was collected Rabbi Tanhuma was the first character to speak in the collection The Aramaic word "tanhuma" means "opening" "Tanhuma" was the original title of the collection

Qustion 5. Which Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"

Rashi Rabbenu Bahai Kli Yakar Nahmanides Tosafot

Qustion 6. What does the word "rabbah" mean?

"great" or "large" "stern" or "unchanging" "dictation" "forefathers"

Qustion 7. In one midrashic story, who of the following is in Rabbi Akiba’s classroom?

Abraham Moses Adam God

Qustion 8. The concept of kal v’homer is common in midrash. It means:

God's presence If X is true, then Y must also be true The question at hand is too easy to be worth answering If X is not true, then Y must be true

Qustion 9. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Yes No

Qustion 10. The laws derived from midrash halakhah:

Are specifically commanded in the Bible Are interpretations from biblical verses Mimic specific actions carried out by people in the Bible Include any law that isn’t specifically given in the Torah
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