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. 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 2. What is Midrash Aggadah?

Religious insights that make the Torah applicable to later Jewish realities Verse-by-verse commentaries Homilies that may have originated in sermons linked to the weekly Shabbat Torah reading All of these

Qustion 3. What does the word "rabbah" mean?

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

Qustion 4. What does midrash tend to focus on?

Theological concepts Holidays and special occasions Specific verses from the Torah Providing self-help advice

Qustion 5. The authorship of the Mekhilta is attributed to whom?

Rabbi Ishmael Rabbi Hillel Rabbi Shammai Rashi

Qustion 6. What does the word midrash mean?

Searching out Going on a journey Reading Reciting

Qustion 7. What is the main difference between the Mishnah and the Tannaitic Midrashim?

The Mishnah was edited around the year 200; the Tannaitic Midrashim were edited around the year 1000 The Mishnah is legal; the Tannaitic Midrashim are aggadic The Mishnah is prescriptive; the Tannaitic Midrashim are descriptive The Mishnah is organized by topic; the Tannaitic Midrashim are organized in the order of the Torah text

Qustion 8. True or false: Classical works of midrash sometimes contain polemics against Christianity or Islam.

True False

Qustion 9. Which laws does the midrash derive from the text of the Shema?

Tefillin Mezuzah Details regarding the time of day when Shema should be recited All of these

Qustion 10. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Yes No
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