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 Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. What does the word "rabbah" mean?
"great" or "large"
"stern" or "unchanging"
Question 5. Who said that "the Torah speaks in the language of human beings"?
Question 6. According to midrash, which of Judaism's forefathers once worked in a store that sold idols?
Question 7. The authorship of the Mekhilta is attributed to whom?
Question 8. True or false: Classical works of midrash sometimes contain polemics against Christianity or Islam.
Question 9. Most of the collections of aggadic midrash were compiled between what years?
586 B.C.E.-70 C.E.
200- 1000 C.E.
Question 10. The Mekhilta is a book of legal midrashim focusing on