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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. True or false: In the Middle Ages, the position solidified among Jewish scholars that Islam was not idolatry.


Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. Who said "All those words of Jesus of Nazareth and of this Ishmaelite [Muhammad] who arose after him are only to make straight the path for the messianic king and to prepare the whole world to serve the Lord together"?
 Pope John Paul II
 Louis Farrakhan
 R. Shimon bar Yohai