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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
 Sifre

 

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?
 Sifra
 Sifre on Numbers
 Sifre on Deuteronomy
 Sifre Zuta
 All are extant

 

Question 5. The Mekhilta is a book of legal midrashim focusing on
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Joshua
 Jeremiah

 

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?
 Yes
 No

 

Question 10. Which Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"
 Rashi
 Rabbenu Bahai
 Kli Yakar
 Nahmanides
 Tosafot