My Jewish Learning

God Quiz

Judaism has long been credited with introducing monotheism to the world. But Jewish conceptions of that one God have varied through the ages.

Question 1. True or false: Because God is beyond human comprehension, most Jewish thinkers do not try to describe God.


Question 2. What kind of encounter with God was stressed by Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel?
 A rational encounter, grounded in the role of science in Creation
 An existential encounter, acknowledging that there is no way to approach speaking to God
 A human encounter, grounded in experiential knowledge and emotions
 None of these


Question 3. What is the Tetragrammaton?
 The four-letter name of God
 The covenant between God and Israel
 The fourth of the Ten Commandments
 Another name for the World to Come


Question 4. Which of these names for God is often used in modern feminist congregations to denote feminine aspects of God?
 Shekhinah, or "dwelling-place"
 Makor HaHayim, or "fountain of life"
 Ima, or "Divine Mother"
 All of these
 A and B


Question 5. According to Maimonides, what is the "fundamental of fundamentals"?
 Devotion to the commandments
 Belief in God
 Acceptance of the Torah
 The notion of Jews as God's Chosen People


Question 6. Which of these biblical books does not depict God as Israelís suitor or lover?
 Song of Songs


Question 7. What did the kabbalists introduce?
 The name HaShem to refer to God
 The idea of humanity being created in God's image
 A distinction between the hidden and revealed aspects of God
 Our rest on Shabbat as a metaphor for God's rest