Midrash QuizMidrash 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. The concept of kal v’homer is common in midrash. It means:
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
Question 2. Which is the largest collection of midrash aggadah?
Question 3. 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.
Question 4. Which of the following texts no longer exists in completion?
Sifre on Numbers
Sifre on Deuteronomy
All are extant
Question 5. The Mekhilta is a book of legal midrashim focusing on
Question 6. What are the two main categories of midrash?
Yerushalmi and Bavli
Ashkenazic and Sephardic
Halakhah and Aggadah
Aseh and Lo Ta’aseh
Question 7. Most of the collections of aggadic midrash were compiled between what years?
586 B.C.E.-70 C.E.
200- 1000 C.E.
Question 8. What does midrash tend to focus on?
Holidays and special occasions
Specific verses from the Torah
Providing self-help advice
Question 9. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Question 10. Which Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"