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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. In one midrashic story, who of the following is in Rabbi Akibaís classroom?


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


Question 3. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, midrash halakhah was used to create new liturgies and rituals while still maintaining continuity by linking to the words of the Torah.


Question 4. Which of the following are examples of contemporary midrash?
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I See the Promised Land" speech
 Passover Haggadahs
 "Turn, Turn, Turn," sung by the Byrds, written by Pete Seeger
 All of the above


Question 5. The oldest existing aggadic midrashim are
 Bereshit Rabbah and Vayikra Rabbah
 Shemot Rabbah and Devarim Rabbah
 Ruth Rabbah and Esther Rabbah
 Shir HaShirim Rabbah and Eikha Rabbah


Question 6. The laws derived from midrash halakhah:
 Are specifically commanded in the Bible
 Are interpretations from biblical verses
 Mimic specific actions carried out by people in the Bible
 Include any law that isnít specifically given in the Torah


Question 7. Which Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"
 Rabbenu Bahai
 Kli Yakar


Question 8. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?


Question 9. Which of the following texts no longer exists in completion?
 Sifre on Numbers
 Sifre on Deuteronomy
 Sifre Zuta
 All are extant


Question 10. 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.