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


Question 2. Which of these is a Jewish belief about heaven?
 All people go there.
 Only Jews can go there.
 In Heaven, the righteous will study Torah with God.
 Both our bodies and souls are transmuted into Heaven.


Question 3. What is the concept of gilgul?
 The transmigration of souls from one body to another
 The building of a "live" person from clay or mud
 The belief that all souls return to God
 A person storing their soul in a physical object at the time of death


Question 4. True or false: In the Talmud, the afterlife is referred to as the "corrected world."


Question 5. 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 6. What is Gehinnom?
 An in-between zone between heaven and hell.
 The waiting-room for the afterlife.
 The Jewish version of purgatory or Hell.
 The Hebrew word for the World to Come.


Question 7. According to the Talmud, do non-Jews have a share in the World to Come?