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?
 A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson


Question 2. Which of these Jewish thinkers identified as an Orthodox Jew?
 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.


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?


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


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


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