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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 the Mishnah, who "brings a child into the World to Come"?
 His or her parents
 His or her teacher
 His or her siblings
 His or her previous incarnations

 

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

 

Question 5. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Which is true of Maimonides' conception of the World to Come?
 Both humans and animals reside there
 It was a paradise of the senses, not an intellectual one
 It was an intellectual paradise
 It is a temporary rest from eternal torture

 

Question 7. 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