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Spies in the Promised Land
"The story of the spies in the Promised Land can be found in the Book of Numbers, chapters XIII to XV, and corresponds to the Torah portion called "Shelach Lecha" in Jewish tradition. The quiz is based on the Soncino translation."
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At the beginning of chapter XIII, the Lord instructs Moses to send a number of men to spy out the land of Canaan. How are these men to be chosen?
The twelve strongest men will be sent.
One from each of the twelve tribes will be sent.
The twelve wisest men will be sent.
They will be selected by lottery.
In the Soncino edition of the Bible, how does the Lord describe the spies in Numbers XIII?
As faithful servants
Moses gives his final instructions to the spies before they set out. Which of the following does he NOT tell them to examine?
Whether the people in the land are strong or weak.
Whether there are wild animals or domestic animals.
Whether the land is fat or thin.
Whether the people dwell in camps or strongholds.
How does Moses complete his instructions to the spies?
Take care of your souls.
Be of strong courage, and bring back the fruit of the land.
Heed carefully to my instructions and do not waver.
Return before the Sabbath day.
The spies return after forty days with a cluster of grapes. How do they transport the fruit?
Tied to a pole and carried by two men.
On the back of a camel.
On an ox cart.
On their shoulders.
The spies give a positive report of the land itself. How do they describe it?
It is a goodly and blessed land.
It is the Garden of Eden we thought we had lost.
It is a land of rushing rivers and green valleys.
It is a land flowing with milk and honey.
Despite their positive report of the land, ten of the spies have a negative report about one aspect of the land. What is their complaint?
The people that dwell in the land are fierce.
We were blinded by sandstorms and the heat is like an oven.
Wild animals threaten anyone who walks there.
The trees grow so thick that we could not see the sun.
Two of the spies oppose those who speak badly of the land. What are their names?
Joshua and Caleb
Igal and Palti
Shammua and Shaphat
Gaddiel and Gadi
The Lord becomes angry with the rebellious attitude of the Hebrews, and tells Moses that He will smite them with pestilence and destroy them. What argument does Moses use to change the Lord's decision?
These are Your people for better or worse.
The people are weary of wandering - they will change when they enter the land.
The Egyptians will say that the Lord could not bring His people into the land.
I will instruct them and they will beg Your forgiveness.
What is the result of the rebelliousness of the children of Israel?
They all die of the plague.
The Lord relents and they enter the Promised Land a week later.
All of the people over twenty die immediately.
They must wander in the desert for another forty years.
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Compiled Jun 28 12