Ancient and Medieval History Quiz


The history of ancient and medieval Jewish communities reveals the origins of Judaism as we know it. How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?

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Qustion 1. What were the two cultural sub-communities of Jews that emerged in the Middle Ages?

Ashkenazic and Sephardic Spiritual and physical Self-governing and politically-dependent Orthodox and Reform

Qustion 2. Rabbi Akiba believed that which contemporary of his was the Messiah?

Jesus Mordecai Bar Kochba Johanan Ben Zakkai

Qustion 3. Khosrow II Parviz, who took over Jerusalem in 614 CE, was part of what empire?

Greek Roman Persian British

Qustion 4. What is the name of the Roman General who conquered Palestine in 63 BCE?

Alexander Posidonius Pompey Aristobulus

Qustion 5. True or false: Archaeological evidence supports the biblical account in the Book of Joshua.

True False

Qustion 6. Who were the Karaites?

A medieval Jewish sect An alternative to rabbinic Judaism Biblical fundamentalists All of these

Qustion 7. What is the Zohar?

An influential book of Jewish mystical thought about each Torah portion A pre-kabbalistic work from the time of the Geonim A spiritual alternative to the Talmud, produced around the same time as the Talmud An early modern collection of hasidic tales

Qustion 8. The Tannaim were teachers in what era?

The time of the First Temple The First and Second Centuries The Middle Ages The Ninth Century

Qustion 9. What was the purpose of the Crusades?

To bring an end to anti-Jewish violence in Europe To merge the centers of Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewry To recapture the Holy Land for Christianity To expose crypto-Jews who were practicing Judaism in secret

Qustion 10. What holiday commemorates the success of the Maccabean Revolt?

Hanukkah Tu Bishvat Purim Tisha B'Av
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