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

Abraham Moses Adam God

Qustion 2. 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

Qustion 3. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, midrash halakhah was used to create new liturgies and rituals while still maintaining continuity by linking to the words of the Torah.

True False

Qustion 4. The authorship of the Mekhilta is attributed to whom?

Rabbi Ishmael Rabbi Hillel Rabbi Shammai Rashi

Qustion 5. Which is an alternate name for Midrash Tanhuma?

Midrash Aggadah Midrash Yelamdenu Midrash Shelanu Midrash Petiha

Qustion 6. True or false: Midrashim are all stories.

True False

Qustion 7. Which of the following texts no longer exists in completion?

Sifra Sifre on Numbers Sifre on Deuteronomy Sifre Zuta All are extant

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. Which of the following stories is not a midrash?

Abraham stages a "riot" among his father’s idols. Abraham is hunted by King Nimrod. Abraham ridicules a 60-year-old man. Abraham greets three angels in his tent.

Qustion 10. Who said that "the Torah speaks in the language of human beings"?

Rabbi Akiva Rabbi Yishmael Rabbi Yohanan Reish Lakish Hillel
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