The Synagogue Worship Trivia Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When did synagogues begin, according to the Bible? (choose one)
    • A. 

      God told Moses to begin synagogues when they met on the mountain during the Exodus

    • B. 

      Synagogues were created during the Babylonian captivity, according to Psalm 134

    • C. 

      There is no mention of synagogues in the OT, so we don't know when or how or when they began

    • D. 

      The point is, God started the synagogue by special revelation, and that's why Jesus participated in the synagogue regularly

  • 2. 
    Synagogues were not commanded by God, and yet Jesus regularly participated in one. What significance can we put on that? (choose as many as apply)
    • A. 

      If it is expedient, and it is part of the culture and is not wrong, there is no reason to refuse to participate. This can be applied to the use of instruments, the innovation of Sunday School classes or small groups, etc.

    • B. 

      If God Himself submitted to daily routine of Scripture reading and memorized prayers, we need not consider such spiritual disciplines to be beneath us.

    • C. 

      Jesus was not spiritual enough to realize He didn't have to be in a synagogue regularly.

    • D. 

      Maybe church attendance as the assembly is at least as much for the sake of others as it is for ourselves being fed.

  • 3. 
    What of these are adequate descriptions of synagogue meetings in Jesus' day? (choose as many as apply)
    • A. 

      Less formal than the Temple, with comparative equality among all members

    • B. 

      More formal than most evangelical churches, with cyclical readings and memorized prayers

    • C. 

      Relatively large small groups (of 40-100), formed by neighborhood or affinity

    • D. 

      The sermon/message was delivered sitting down, and tended to be less formal and prepared than modern sermons are

    • E. 

      All members stood most of the time, for the singing, reading and praying

    • F. 

      They always had special music, usually sung by a teenage girl accompanied by a woman named Betty on the piano

  • 4. 
    Some of the architectural details of synagogues around the time of Jesus are... (choose as many as apply)
    • A. 

      The seating is communal, somewhat in the round

    • B. 

      Women and children were separated from the men, so that the prayers of the men would not be distracted

    • C. 

      The orientation was toward Jerusalem, when possible

    • D. 

      There is a significant ark that stores the Torah

    • E. 

      There is usually a bimah, or raised platform, suitable for reading and other acts of leadership

  • 5. 
    Posture of preaching, and reason for that posture. (choose one)
    • A. 

      Standing behind a pulpit as a sign of authority

    • B. 

      Sitting on a stool as a sign of informal sharing

    • C. 

      Sitting on a chair as a sign of authority

    • D. 

      Standing with hands raised as a sign of submission

  • 6. 
    Posture of prayer in the synagogue. (choose one)
    • A. 

      Stand facing Jerusalem with arms raised and eyes open

    • B. 

      Sitting neutrally in a pew with eyes closed and head bowed

    • C. 

      Kneeling and bowing five times to the east

    • D. 

      Eyes closed, hands raised, tears streaming down face

  • 7. 
    What is the general outline of a synagogue service? (choose one)
    • A. 

      Call to worship, hymns, special music, offering, sermon, invitation, closing chorus

    • B. 

      Opening blessing, recited prayers, set reading, flexible reading, message, closing blessing

    • C. 

      Invocation, Kyrie, Gloria, readings, Credo, Table, Benediction

    • D. 

      Informal structure with no particular order

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