A Concise Introduction to World Religions: Chapter 2

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Question 1:


a) first five books of the Hebrew Bible
b) entirety of the Hebrew Bible
c) Hebrew Bible, plus later commentaries
d) All of the above.

Question 2:


a) The age of the patriarchs (Abraham and Isaac)—2000 BCE
b) The age of the Exodus (Moses)—1300 BCE
c) The age of the Judges—1230 BCE
d) The reign of King Solomon—970 BCE

Question 3:


a) Patriarchs ? Judges ? Davidic Kingship ? Babylonian exile
b) Abraham ? Moses ? Solomon ? David
c) The Babylonian exile ? The Egyptian Exodus ? The Hellenistic Period ? The destruction of the Second Temple
d) The Maccabees ? The Saducees ? The Hasidim ? The Rabbis

Question 4:


a) Samaritans
b) Pharisees
c) Essenes
d) Zealots

Question 5:


a) a synonym for the Pentateuch.
b) an acronym standing for the three parts of the Scriptures
c) the Hebrew name for the Ark of the Covenant
d) the dagger used to cut and drain blood from animals according to Jewish dietary laws.

Question 6:


a) Cheeseburger with sauerkraut.
b) Ham and pineapple pizza.
c) Goose meat jerky.
d) Ground-beef Lasagna.

Question 7:


a) a school of Merkabah (‘chariot’) mysticism popular in the Middle Ages
b) a collection of legal commentaries that were complied by the Gaon
c) a word that refers to the spread of Greek culture and ensuing syncretism
d) the ‘scattering’ of the Jews after invasion

Question 8:


a) the Serpent found in pagan religions associated with fertility
b) the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible
c) the Jewish text used in the Kabbalah
d) the name of the staff held by Moses during the Passover from Egypt

Question 9:


a) the ram’s horn blown on Yom Kippur
b) the ‘Book of Splendor’ used in Kabbalah mysticism
c) the covenant made between God and Abraham
d) the Name of the High Priest in the Jewish Temple

Question 10:


a) The effort to create the conditions of prophecy for the Messianic age
b) The political movement to rebuild the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem
c) The scholarly attempt to establish the exact order of events in the transmission of the Torah to Jewish community
d) The belief that God is not important to Jewish self-understanding

Question 11:


a) Hanukkah
b) Rosh Hashanah
c) Sukkoth
d) Purim

Question 12:


a) a belief in life after death.
b) animal sacrifices at the Temple of Jerusalem
c) reverence for the Pentateuch.
d) All of the above.

Question 13:


a) Judah (the state founded by Judah, son of Jacob)
b) Yerushalaim (the name of Jerusalem in Biblical Hebrew)
c) Judah Maccabee (leader of the Maccabean Revolt)
d) Rabbi Judah ha-Nasi (the compiler of the Mishnah)

Question 14:


a) It exists in two distinct editions (the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds).
b) It was compiled at the same time as the Mishnah (prior to 220 CE).
c) It consists primarily of legal discussions (halakha).
d) It represents the perspectives of over two thousand historical rabbis.

Question 15:


a) Saadia
b) Yehuda Ha-Levi
c) Moses Maimonides
d) Glueckl of Hamelin

Question 16:


a) Hanukkah
b) Purim
c) Sukkoth
d) Yom Kippur