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Bible Quiz

The 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)?
 Isaac
 Ishmael
 Joseph
 Lot

 

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?
 36
 51
 54
 72

 

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
 Hannah's prayer

 

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.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. What was the name of the prophet who confronted King David about his affair with Bathsheba?
 Elijah
 Elisha
 Nathan
 Samuel

 

Question 9. How many minor prophets are there?
 5
 7
 8
 12

 

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