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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. Aside from Greek language, what other aspect of Greek life did Jews incorporate into their lives during the rise of Hellenism?
 Jews began to use Greek methods of prayer
 Jews began to author their scriptures in dialogues, like Plato
 Jews began to think of their ancient heroes such as Moses and Abraham as divine men
 Jews began to worship Greek gods

 

Question 2. Jewish baby boomers have been attracted in large numbers to practices of
 Islam
 Hinduism
 Christianity
 Buddhism

 

Question 3. 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 4. Why did the rabbis forbid drinking wine prepared by Gentiles?
 Because drunkenness is a vice
 Because gentiles in the Middle Ages used to poison wine that they gave to Jews
 Because gentiles might have used their wine in idolatrous libations
 All of the above

 

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

 

Question 6. 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.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. Who said "God does not hear the prayers of the Jews"?
 Jesse Jackson, shortly before he began his campaign for President of the United States
 A guest on the Rush Limbaugh show; Limbaugh agreed and was later forced to apologize
 The head of the Southern Baptist Convention a number of years ago; many Baptists disagreed
 The head of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963; it was later approved into an official SBC resolution