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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. 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


Question 2. Which is the largest collection of midrash aggadah?
 Midrash Rabbah
 Midrash Tanhuma
 The Mekhilta


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
 Sifre Zuta
 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.
 350-400 C.E.
 1600-1800 C.E.


Question 8. What does midrash tend to focus on?
 Theological concepts
 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?"
 Rabbenu Bahai
 Kli Yakar