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 laws does the midrash derive from the text of the Shema?
Details regarding the time of day when Shema should be recited
All of these
Question 2. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Question 3. What does the word midrash mean?
Going on a journey
Question 4. 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 5. Which of the following texts no longer exists in completion?
Sifre on Numbers
Sifre on Deuteronomy
All are extant
Question 6. Who said that "the Torah speaks in the language of human beings"?
Question 7. What does Mekhilta mean?
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. 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 10. Serah has no part in any narrative in the Torah, but there are many midrashic traditions about her, including:
That she was Moses' mother
That she married Pharaoh in order to save Moses
That she identified Moses as the redeemer who would deliver the Israelites from Egypt
That she taught Moses how to perform miracles in front of Pharaoh, because he was initially too scared