Bible QuizThe Hebrew Bible is hardly bound by its covers; it has inspired significant commentary and criticism. How much do you know about the contents of the Bible, and about biblical scholarship?
Question 1. What is the name of the son born to Abraham and Hagar (Sarahís servant)?
Question 2. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah describe what event in Jewish history?
The return to Zion around 538 B.C.E
The destruction of the Second Temple
King Davidís affair with Bathsheba
When King Nebuchadnezzar ordered Arioch to kill all the wise men of Babylon
Question 3. How many parshiyot (portions) are there in the Torah?
Question 4. Every day in the Temple in Jerusalem the Levites sang:
The story of creation
The Song of Songs
A Psalm for the day of the week
Question 5. What is the Masoretic Text?
The traditionally correct text of the Hebrew Bible, established by a group of scholars between the sixth and tenth centuries
The oldest extant text of the Book of Genesis
An ancient Jewish text that didn't make it into the biblical canon
Another name for pseudepigrapha
Question 6. Why do many modern Bible scholars believe that the Torah had multiple authors or redactors?
Because the Torah has internal contradictions
Because there are shifts in language between different sections of the Torah
Because different sections of the Torah reflect different outlooks
All of these reasons
Question 7. True or False: Tamar was impregnated by her father-in-law.
Question 8. What was the name of the prophet who confronted King David about his affair with Bathsheba?
Question 9. How many minor prophets are there?
Question 10. Where and when is the Book of Lamentations set?
In Jerusalem in the days after the Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians
In Jerusalem in the days after the Temple was destroyed by the Romans
In Samaria after the division into two kingdoms after King Solomon
In exile after the conquest of the northern kingdom of Israel by the Assyrian Empire