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. What was Maimonides' position about how Jews should approach midrash?
They should understand midrashic teachings literally
They should write midrash off as philosophically unsophisticated
They should accept only the most rational midrashim
They should approach midrash as a code of metaphors hinting at deeper truths
Question 2. The Mekhilta is a book of legal midrashim focusing on
Question 3. What does the word midrash mean?
Going on a journey
Question 4. Which of these is NOT a work of halakhic midrash?
Sifra on Leviticus
Mekhilta on Exodus
Question 5. The authorship of the Mekhilta is attributed to whom?
Question 6. What does midrash tend to focus on?
Holidays and special occasions
Specific verses from the Torah
Providing self-help advice
Question 7. True or false: Midrashim are all stories.
Question 8. 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 9. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in
The Scroll of Esther
The Book of Maccabees
Question 10. What is Midrash Aggadah?
Religious insights that make the Torah applicable to later Jewish realities
Homilies that may have originated in sermons linked to the weekly Shabbat Torah reading
All of these