Afterlife & Messiah QuizThe 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?