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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 is hukkot ha-goy?
 The prohibition against non-Jews entering a synagogue
 The prohibition against behaving in a "gentile manner"
 The idea of Jews being created in a different manner than non-Jews
 The Torah verse that prohibits intermarriage


Question 2. 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 3. True or false: Jewish tradition holds that a special covenant between God and Noah established moral precepts for non-Jews.


Question 4. 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 5. 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


Question 6. What is the literal translation of the oft-debated word in the Book of Isaiah, which Christians believe predicts Jesus' birth?
 "Virgin" or "young woman"
 "Lord" or "master of the property"
 "King" or "messiah"
 None of these


Question 7. What was the name for the synthesis of Judaism with Greek ideas?
 Plato's Dialogues