Basic Knowledge for Biblical Studies
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Basic Knowledge for Exam One

Game Level
Topics Covered
Resources you may use to help with this level
Level One
  • Composition of the biblical documents
  • Organization of the Bible's contents
  • Languages in which the Bible was written
  • Canonization
  • Transmission of the Bible
  • Translations of the Bible
  • Types of Biblical Criticism
You may find the first 39 pages of the book by Harris helpful as you play this level of the question and answer game.

You should be able to score 85% or better on this level before the first exam. Don't worry if you can't get that high right now though!
Level Two
  • Geography of the Ancient Near East
  • History of the Ancient Near East

You may find chapter two of the book by Harris helpful as you play this level of the question and answer game.

You should be able to score 85% or better before the first exam.
Level Three
  • Names of Israel's God
  • Israel's changing understanding of God

You will find chapter three of Stephen Harris' book helpful as you play this level of the game.
Level Four A
  • Authorship of the Torah
  • The Documentary Hypothesis
  • The Book of Genesis

You may find pages 94-129 of the book by Harris to be helpful as you play this level.

You should be able to score 85% or better on this level before the first exam. Don't worry if you score far lower than that the first time you try, though!
Level Four B
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy

You may find pages 129-158 of Harris' book to be helpful as you play this level.

You should be able to score at least 85% on this level before the first exam.



Go to the History and Literature of the Bible Home Page.
Go to the Practice Quizzes on the Assigned Readings.



Basic Knowledge For Exam Two

Level Five A: Multiple Choice
  • Former Prophets
  • Deuteronomistic History
  • Joshua
  • Judges
You may find chapter 5 (pages 159-209) of Harris' book helpful as you play this level.

Before the second exam, you will want to be able to score at least 85% on this level.
Level Five B: Multiple Choice
  • First Samuel
You may find pages 179-185 of Harris' book helpful as you play this level.

Before the second exam, you will want to be able to score at least 85% on this level.
Level Five C: Multiple Choice
  • Second Samuel
You may find pages 185-190 of Harris' book helpful as you play this level of the game.

Before the second exam, you will want to be able to score at least 85% on this level.
Level Five D: Multiple Choice
  • First Kings
  • Second Kings
You may find pages 191-197 of Harris' book useful as you play this level.

Before the second exam, you will want to be able to score at least 85% on this level.
Level Six: Multiple Choice
  • Nature of Israelite Prophecy
  • History of Prophecy
  • Latter Prophets
You may find your notes from class helpful as you play this level. Chapter 6 of Harris' book may also help.

Before the second exam, you will want to be able to score at least 85% on this level.
Level Seven A: Matching Exercise on Contents of the Books of the Writings (12 questions)
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Job
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Ruth
  • Song of Songs
  • Lamentations
  • Esther
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Daniel
  • 1 and 2 Chronicles
You may find chapter 7 of Harris' book helpful as you attempt this level.

Before the second exam, you will want to be able to score 100% on this level.
Level Seven B: Matching Exercise on the Megillot (5 questions)
  • Ruth
  • Song of Songs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Lamentations
  • Esther
You will find pages 258-259 of Harris' book helpful as you play this level.

Before the second exam, you will want to be able to score 90% on this level.
Level Seven C: Matching Exercise on the Wisdom Literature (3 questions)
  • Proverbs
  • Job
  • Ecclesiastes
You will find pages 259-260 of Harris' book helpful as you play this level.

Before the second exam, you should be able to score 100% on this short exercise. It only has three questions.
Level Eight: Multiple Choice
  • The Deuterocanon/ Apocrypha
You may find chapter 8 of Harris' book helpful as you play this level.

Before the second exam, you will want to be able to score at least 85% on this level.



Go to the History and Literature of the Bible Home Page.
Go to the Practice Quizzes on the Assigned Readings.



Basic Knowledge for the Final Exam

There will be no Bisic Knowledge Game for this section of the class. In stead, there will be one combined set of questions drawing on both the assigned readings and the class discussions. To see those questions, click here.



Go to the History and Literature of the Bible Home Page.
Go to the Practice Quizzes on the Assigned Readings.