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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. 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. When the Bible prohibits following in the ways of the Canaanites, what is the immediate context under discussion?
 Food practices
 Sexual practices
 Murder and idolatry
 Prayer practices


Question 3. What was the name for the synthesis of Judaism with Greek ideas?
 Plato's Dialogues


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. Which Jewish movement currently approves of patrilineal descent?
 Some of these
 All of these


Question 6. Which of the following is among the Noahide laws?
 Prohibiting murder
 Prohibiting idolatry
 Prohibiting robbery
 A and C only
 All of these


Question 7. 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