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Afterlife & Messiah Quiz

The immortality of the soul, the World to Come, the resurrection of the dead, and the Messianic age are all part of Jewish tradition. How much do you know about this area of Jewish belief?

Question 1. In rabbinic literature, the soul goes through three stages after death. Which of these is not one of those stages?
 The dwelling of the soul in heaven
 The Messianic age on Earth
 The resurrection of the dead
 A "time delay" between physical death and what comes next


Question 2. According to Jewish tradition, which biblical personality will the Messiah be descended from?
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 3. Which belief is expounded by Maimonides in his "Essay on the Resurrection"?
 People will only be resurrected as noncorporeal souls
 People will be resurrected as souls with everlasting bodies
 People will be resurrected in body form, but will eventually die again
 People will be resurrected in the bodies of great Jewish leaders


Question 4. Which of the blessings in the Amidah testifies to the belief in the Messiah?
 The blessing "Avot," for the forefathers
 The blessing "Shield of Abraham," for the Chosen one
 The blessing "Gevurot," for God's "mightiness" in reviving the dead
 The blessing "Rofei," for healing the pain of death


Question 5. How is the Messiah described in the Talmud?
 As a beggar sitting at the gates of Rome, waiting for the Jews to repent
 As a political figure with military strength
 As a being with supernatural abilities
 All of the above


Question 6. The most forthright biblical prophecy concerning life after death--" Many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, others to reproaches, to everlasting abhorrence"--appears in which book?


Question 7. True or false: In the Talmud, the afterlife is referred to as the "corrected world."