My Jewish Learning

Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

The history of ancient and medieval Jewish communities reveals the origins of Judaism as we know it. How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?



Question 1. What is the Zohar?
 An influential book of Jewish mystical thought about each Torah portion
 A pre-kabbalistic work from the time of the Geonim
 A spiritual alternative to the Talmud, produced around the same time as the Talmud
 An early modern collection of hasidic tales

 

Question 2. Who was Moses' successor as leader of the Israelites?
 Aaron
 Joshua
 Gideon
 Samuel

 

Question 3. What were the two cultural sub-communities of Jews that emerged in the Middle Ages?
 Ashkenazic and Sephardic
 Spiritual and physical
 Self-governing and politically-dependent
 Orthodox and Reform

 

Question 4. The construction of the Second Temple was completed in what year?
 530 CE
 70 CE
 538 BCE
 515 BCE

 

Question 5. The Spanish Inquisition was aimed at which group?
 All Heretics
 Jews
 Protestants
 Atheists

 

Question 6. According to the Bible, who was Isaac's father?
 Abraham
 Jacob
 Adam
 Joseph

 

Question 7. Which biblical book covers the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites?
 Deuteronomy
 Joshua
 Judges
 Samuel I