Beginning the Study

____1. What do we call the Scriptures used by the first disciples of Christ?
a. The scrolls and parchments c. Hebrew Bible e. None of the above
b. The Word of God d. Old Testament

What three divisions of the OT did the Hebrew Bible contain?

____2. a. Wisdom
b. Prophets
____3. c. Hexateuch
d. Law
____4. e. Writings

____5. Stories that end sadly, typically with death, are described as having what kind of plot?
a. Epic b. Homeric c. Comedy d. Tragedy
____6. Antithetical poetry uses the second part of parallel lines to express (a) an opposite thought, (b) a similar thought, or (c) a thought that is completed in the second half of the parallelism.
____7. The order of the Hebrew Bible is the same as the order of the English Bible.
a. True b. False
____8. As a group, what name is given to the first five books of the Bible?
a. Hexateuch b. Laws of Moses
c. Pentateuch d. Pentagram
e. none of the above

Match the appropriate prose or poetry for the following books, in which Prose=a and Poetry=b predominate.

____9. Genesis ____12. Psalms
____10. Ruth ____13. Numbers
____11. Song of Solomon ____14. Joel

Match the following Bible books to their respective part of the Hebrew Old Testament (Law=a; Prophets=b; and Writings=c):

____15. Genesis ____20. Psalms ____25. Ezra
____16. Ruth ____21. Numbers ____26. Judges
____17. 1,2 Kings ____22. Malachi ____27. Exodus
____18. Isaiah ____23. Proverbs ____28. Daniel
____19. Job ____24. 1,2 Samuel ____29. Esther
____30. Which of the following nations/people groups would have existed in 3000 BC?
a. Sumerian b. Moabites
c. Persian d. None of these
____31. One possible date for Moses' composition of Genesis-Deuteronomy would be?
a. 2200 bc b. 1900 bc
c. 1100 bc d. None of these
____32. Which of the following is not a major people group that impacted Israelite history?
a. Assyria b. Babylon
c. Persian d. Syria
e. Moab
____33. The "Fertile Crescent" best describes what ancient territory of the Bible?
a. From Egypt through Syria curving south into Mesopotamia.
b. From Dan to Beersheba
c. From the second cataract of Nubia to Ugarit north of Tyre
d. Gaza, Israel, Moab, Edom, and Syria
____34. The Akkadian-speaking peoples are best known through the two most powerful resulting empires of the Assyrians and the Babylonians.
a. True b. False
____35. Which collection of tablets provide biblical scholars with an excellent perspective on aspects of the political climate between Egypt and their northern vassals?
a. Nuzi tablets b. Amarna letters
c. Ebla Archives d. Gilgamesh

Match the following deities to the appropriate nations:

____36. Asshur a. Egypt
____37. Marduk b. Babylon
____38. Ahura-Mazda c. Assyria
____39. Amun-Re d. Canaan
____40. Baal e. Persia