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. Which is an alternate name for Midrash Tanhuma?
Question 2. How did the rabbis composing midrash express themselves?
Through exaggeration and inventive history
Through sound and word association
Through parallel verses and concepts across the Bible
All of these
Question 3. How did Midrash Tanhuma get its name?
Tanhuma specifically refers to the era in which it was collected
Rabbi Tanhuma was the first character to speak in the collection
The Aramaic word "tanhuma" means "opening"
"Tanhuma" was the original title of the collection
Question 4. What does midrash tend to focus on?
Holidays and special occasions
Specific verses from the Torah
Providing self-help advice
Question 5. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in
The Scroll of Esther
The Book of Maccabees
Question 6. Which Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"
Question 7. What is a Midrash Yelamdenu?
A midrash that opens with the words "Teach us, Rabbi"
A midrash that answers a legal question through exegesis of a biblical verse
Primarily a mnemonic device to help one remember an already existing halakhah
All of these
Question 8. Which of the following are examples of contemporary midrash?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I See the Promised Land" speech
"Turn, Turn, Turn," sung by the Byrds, written by Pete Seeger
All of the above
Question 9. The concept of kal víhomer 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 10. What does the word "rabbah" mean?
"great" or "large"
"stern" or "unchanging"