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. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Question 3. What belief about Torah is attributed to the school of Rabbi Ishmael?
The Torah text makes use of human conventions such as digression and repetition; not every textual quirk is significant
The Torah's language is divine in character, and thus no letter or word in the Torah can be dismissed as a mere redundancy or convention
The Torah was significant in the time it was given, but without midrash it loses its contemporary relevance
One should study Torah on one's own for many years before attempting to study midrash
Question 4. Which of these is NOT a work of halakhic midrash?
Sifra on Leviticus
Mekhilta on Exodus
Question 5. What does the word midrash mean?
Going on a journey
Question 6. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in
The Scroll of Esther
The Book of Maccabees
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. The authorship of the Mekhilta is attributed to whom?
Question 9. True or false: Midrashim are all stories.
Question 10. 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