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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. Where does the idea of a political or military redeemer come from?
 The Later Prophets


Question 2. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.


Question 3. 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 4. Which of these was a belief of the followers of Jacob Frank?
 That all tenets of halakhah, or Jewish law, must be carried out to the fullest
 That one could outwardly obey halakhah, or Jewish law, but break it in secret
 That only the moral laws, such as sexual purity and monogamy, were essential to keep
 That halakhah was unnecessary in the times of the Messiah


Question 5. According to Jewish thought, who will be the adversary of the Jewish people in an apocalyptic battle that ushers in true redemption?
 The descendants of those who destroyed the Temples
 Gog and Magog
 The battle will be internal, with Jews fighting against Jews


Question 6. What will the Messianic Era be preceded by, according to almost all Jewish sources?
 A single light filling the world, and the sky turning purple
 Enormous amounts of suffering, the "birth pangs" of the Messiah
 An end to hunger and famine
 The giving of the third set of the Ten Commandments


Question 7. Do some Jews believe in resurrection?