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. 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 2. Which is the largest collection of midrash aggadah?
Question 3. 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
Question 4. Who said that "the Torah speaks in the language of human beings"?
Question 5. True or false: Classical works of midrash sometimes contain polemics against Christianity or Islam.
Question 6. 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 7. In one midrashic story, who of the following is in Rabbi Akiba’s classroom?
Question 8. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Question 9. According to midrash, which of Judaism's forefathers once worked in a store that sold idols?
Question 10. What are the two main categories of midrash?
Yerushalmi and Bavli
Ashkenazic and Sephardic
Halakhah and Aggadah
Aseh and Lo Ta’aseh