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 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 2. What does midrash tend to focus on?
Holidays and special occasions
Specific verses from the Torah
Providing self-help advice
Question 3. Which is an alternate name for Midrash Tanhuma?
Question 4. Which of these is not an example of midrash halakhah?
Wearing tefilin on one’s head and arm
Placing a mezuzah on the doorposts of one’s house
Question 5. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Question 6. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in
The Scroll of Esther
The Book of Maccabees
Question 7. True or false: Midrashim are all stories.
Question 8. In one midrashic story, who of the following is in Rabbi Akiba’s classroom?
Question 9. What does Mekhilta mean?
Question 10. Who said that "the Torah speaks in the language of human beings"?