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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. 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 2. Which of the following stories is not a midrash?
 Abraham stages a "riot" among his fatherís idols.
 Abraham is hunted by King Nimrod.
 Abraham ridicules a 60-year-old man.
 Abraham greets three angels in his tent.


Question 3. Which of these is not an example of midrash halakhah?
 Daily prayers
 Wearing tefilin on oneís head and arm
 Placing a mezuzah on the doorposts of oneís house
 Keeping kosher


Question 4. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?


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. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in
 The Scroll of Esther
 The Book of Maccabees
 The Talmud
 The Torah


Question 7. 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 8. What are the names of the books of legal midrash that comment on Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy?
 Mishneh and Mishnah
 Tzedek and Tzedakah
 Sifre and Sifra
 Rabbi and Rebbe


Question 9. What is Midrash Aggadah?
 Religious insights that make the Torah applicable to later Jewish realities
 Verse-by-verse commentaries
 Homilies that may have originated in sermons linked to the weekly Shabbat Torah reading
 All of these


Question 10. 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.