Afterlife & Messiah Quiz


The immortality of the soul, the World to Come, the resurrection of the dead, and the Messianic age are all part of Jewish tradition. How much do you know about this area of Jewish belief?

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Qustion 1. What do biblical books such as Ecclesiastes and Job say about Sheol?

That all souls go there. That only good people go there. That only good people go there. That there is a concept of reward and punishment there. None of the above

Qustion 2. In which book is the person who ushers in the World to Come called "The Messiah"?

Zechariah Jeremiah Isaiah Micah None of these

Qustion 3. Which of these was a belief of the followers of Jacob Frank?

That all tenets of halakhah, or Jewish law, must be carried out to the fullest That one could outwardly obey halakhah, or Jewish law, but break it in secret That only the moral laws, such as sexual purity and monogamy, were essential to keep That halakhah was unnecessary in the times of the Messiah

Qustion 4. Which belief is expounded by Maimonides in his "Essay on the Resurrection"?

People will only be resurrected as noncorporeal souls People will be resurrected as souls with everlasting bodies People will be resurrected in body form, but will eventually die again People will be resurrected in the bodies of great Jewish leaders

Qustion 5. What is Gehinnom?

An in-between zone between heaven and hell. The waiting-room for the afterlife. The Jewish version of purgatory or Hell. The Hebrew word for the World to Come.

Qustion 6. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.

True False

Qustion 7. In the view of the talmudic sage Rav, which of the following is true about the World to Come?

Sexual relations will be unrestricted Everyone will be rich Food will taste like anything we want There will be no food except for the light of the Shekhinah

Qustion 8. What will the Messianic Era be preceded by, according to almost all Jewish sources?

A single light filling the world, and the sky turning purple Enormous amounts of suffering, the "birth pangs" of the Messiah An end to hunger and famine The giving of the third set of the Ten Commandments

Qustion 9. In rabbinic literature, the soul goes through three stages after death. Which of these is not one of those stages?

The dwelling of the soul in heaven The Messianic age on Earth The resurrection of the dead A "time delay" between physical death and what comes next

Qustion 10. What does mashiah, the Hebrew word for "messiah," literally mean?

Redeemer The Chosen Anointed One Inner Peace
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