Thinkers & Thought QuizA 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. Judah Haleviís Kuzari is the story of
The king of the Khazars who is considering a conversion to Judaism
A man from a town called Kuzar who has to decide whether to accept or reject written Jewish law
A poet living in a cave in Safed who has visions of angels
The history of the city of Jerusalem, as told by the prophet Elijah
Question 2. True or False: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.
Question 3. Which of the following philosophers was excommunicated from his Jewish community?
Question 4. Which of these statements about Jewish philosophy is true?
There is not a lot of debate; most issues are very straightforward and authorities are unified
It has historically been more important than Jewish practice (halakhah)
Throughout history, it developed in dialogue with surrounding cultures
Though there is a lot of debate, all agree that the ultimate reward awaits in the World to Come
Question 5. Which of these groups was NOT labeled heretic?
The Sephardic Jews in North Africa
Question 6. 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 7. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?
Question 8. Which of these statements is NOT one of Maimonides' 13 Principles of Faith?
God has no physical body
The Messiah will redeem Israel
The dead will be resurrected
Jews must live in the Land of Israel
Question 9. True or false: Non-Jewish readers refered to Moses Mendelssohn as "the Jewish Socrates."
Question 10. Which of these philosophers was NOT Spanish?
Bahya Ibn Pakudah