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. Gersonides was not
 A talmudist
 A doctor
 A philosopher
 An astronomer

 

Question 2. True or false: Non-Jewish readers refered to Moses Mendelssohn as "the Jewish Socrates."
 True
 False

 

Question 3. True or False: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. 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 5. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?
 Roman
 Greek
 Arab
 Persian

 

Question 6. 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 7. Solomon Ibn Adret is more commonly known as
 Rashba
 Rambam
 Rashi
 Saadiah Gaon

 

Question 8. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. Who wrote the Guide to the Perplexed?
 Rashi
 Nahmanides
 Saadiah Gaon
 Maimonides

 

Question 10. Which Jewish philosopher was sometimes known as the rabbi of Theresienstadt?
 Martin Buber
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Menachem Mendel Schneerson
 Leo Baeck