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. What belief about Torah is attributed to the school of Rabbi Ishmael?

The Torah text makes use of human conventions such as digression and repetition; not every textual quirk is significant The Torah's language is divine in character, and thus no letter or word in the Torah can be dismissed as a mere redundancy or convention The Torah was significant in the time it was given, but without midrash it loses its contemporary relevance One should study Torah on one's own for many years before attempting to study midrash

Qustion 2. Which of these is not an example of midrash halakhah?

Daily prayers Wearing tefilin on one’s head and arm Placing a mezuzah on the doorposts of one’s house Keeping kosher

Qustion 3. 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 4. 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 5. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in

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

Qustion 6. Which is the largest collection of midrash aggadah?

Midrash Rabbah Midrash Tanhuma The Mekhilta Sifre

Qustion 7. 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 8. What does Mekhilta mean?

Explanation Details Rule Learned

Qustion 9. Which is an alternate name for Midrash Tanhuma?

Midrash Aggadah Midrash Yelamdenu Midrash Shelanu Midrash Petiha

Qustion 10. True or false: Classical works of midrash sometimes contain polemics against Christianity or Islam.

True False
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