My Jewish Learning

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. Which of these Jewish thinkers lived most recently?
 Philo
 Maimonides
 A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

 

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

 

Question 3. Emmanuel Levinas published works in Les Temps Modernes--the journal of which French philosopher?
 Albert Camus
 Jean-Paul Sartre
 Simone de Beauvoir
 Michel Foucault

 

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. Leo Baeck's The Essence of Judaism was written in response to
 Adolf von Harnack's Essence of Christianity
 Baruch Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico Politicus
 Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption
 Martin Buber's For the Sake of Heaven

 

Question 6. Saadiah Gaon wrote a translation of the Bible in what language?
 French
 Spanish
 Ladino
 Arabic

 

Question 7. True or false: Kabbalists thought that only a handful of worthy students should receive the secrets of the Law.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. Hellenistic Jewish literature is dominated by which figure?
 Philo
 Judah Maccabee
 Rabbi Akiba
 Caesar

 

Question 9. When did Jewish thinkers begin to try to prove the existence of God?
 In the Second Temple period
 In the Talmud
 In the Middle Ages
 After the Enlightenment

 

Question 10. Which of these groups was NOT labeled heretic?
 The Karaites
 The Sephardic Jews in North Africa
 The Mitnagdim
 The Hasidim