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Jews & Non-Jews Quiz

Today, 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. What do the Bible and the Talmud have to say about idolatry?
 The Bible repeatedly prohibits idolatry, and the rabbis of the Talmud drafted many additional laws to distance Jews from idolatry
 The Bible is not concerned with idolatry, but the rabbis in the Talmud prohibit idolatry, in order to create a "fence around the Torah"
 The Bible prohibits certain kinds of idolatry, and the Talmud finds loopholes to make these idolatrous practices permissable
 The Bible and the Talmud are precisely unanimous in their positions on idolatry


Question 2. In which period did mass amounts of non-Jews convert to Judaism?
 Just after the Bar Kokhba Rebellion
 The Second Temple period
 The years following the Holocaust
 Just after the founding of the State of Israel


Question 3. 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 4. According to the Torah, who are the Jews commanded to destroy?
 The nation of Amalek
 All non-Jewish nations
 All non-Jewish kings and monarchs
 All those who do not prostrate themselves before the Lord
 None of these


Question 5. What was the name for the synthesis of Judaism with Greek ideas?
 Plato's Dialogues


Question 6. True or false: Jewish tradition holds that a special covenant between God and Noah established moral precepts for non-Jews.


Question 7. True or false: Some Christian denominations ordain women as priests.