Jews & Non-Jews QuizToday, Jews are in dialogue and cooperation with other religions, even rethinking the definitions of Jewishness and chosenness. But what do you know about the history of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews?
Question 1. True or false: The biblical and rabbinic attitudes toward non-Jews reflect the presumption that non-Jews are idolaters, and that idolatry is associated with moral deviance.
Question 2. Why did rabbis in the Talmud often temper restrictive laws that separated Jews from non-Jews?
Because they recognized that Jews could learn a lot from non-Jewish beliefs and practices
Because the reality was that Jews and non-Jews were intermarrying, so they needed to make some concessions
Because they began to redefine idolatry, and they stopped considering certain religions idolatrous
Because they wanted to maintain positive relations with non-Jews, and avoid negative associations with Judaism
Question 3. Which of the following is among the Noahide laws?
A and C only
All of these
Question 4. What was the name for the synthesis of Judaism with Greek ideas?
Question 5. How have different Jewish thinkers approached the concept of Jewish chosenness?
By positing that the relationship between God and the Jews was established by the covenant at Sinai and is dependent upon Jewish obedience
By suggesting that Jewish people have unique, inherent qualities that make them chosen
By rejecting the concept altogether
All of the above
Question 6. True or false: Jewish tradition holds that a special covenant between God and Noah established moral precepts for non-Jews.
Question 7. When the Bible prohibits following in the ways of the Canaanites, what is the immediate context under discussion?
Murder and idolatry