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


Question 4. What was the name for the synthesis of Judaism with Greek ideas?
 Plato's Dialogues


Question 5. 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 6. True or false: Jewish tradition holds that a special covenant between God and Noah established moral precepts for non-Jews.


Question 7. 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