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Thinkers & Thought Quiz

A wide cast of intellectuals devoted their lives to defining what Judaism meant to them, and what it should mean to others. How much do you know about these thinkers and their philosophies?



Question 1. Saadiah Gaon wrote a translation of the Bible in what language?
 French
 Spanish
 Ladino
 Arabic

 

Question 2. Which of these Jewish thinkers identified as an Orthodox Jew?
 Philo
 Maimonides
 A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

 

Question 3. True or false: Kabbalists thought that only a handful of worthy students should receive the secrets of the Law.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. True or False: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Which of these philosophers was NOT Spanish?
 Maimonides
 Saadiah Gaon
 Judah Halevi
 Bahya Ibn Pakudah

 

Question 7. Which of these groups was NOT labeled heretic?
 The Karaites
 The Sephardic Jews in North Africa
 The Mitnagdim
 The Hasidim

 

Question 8. Who wrote Wars of the Lord?
 Maimonides
 Nahmanides
 Gersonides
 Rashba

 

Question 9. In religious existentialism the believer adopts monotheism because
 He has seen absolute proof of a single God
 Through a leap of faith
 He understands that he is just a speck in the vastness of the universe
 He has been told to at Sunday school

 

Question 10. Who wrote the Guide to the Perplexed?
 Rashi
 Nahmanides
 Saadiah Gaon
 Maimonides