Science & Judaism Quiz


The Bible and Talmud saw science and Jewish tradition as pathways to the same divine truth. But still, the two regularly come in conflict. How much do you know about the relationship between science and Judaism?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. True or false: An autopsy was performed in the Talmud to reveal the exact number of joints and limbs in the human body.

True False

Qustion 2. Which of the following people is known as the "Zoo Rabbi," committed to understanding the role of science in traditional Jewish sources?

Rabbi Natan Slifkin Rabbi Avi Shafran Rabbi A.J. Heschel Rabbi Rachel Adler

Qustion 3. Who used the Jewish Bible in order to explore the division of labor in society?

Franz Boas Sigmund Freud Claude Levi-Strauss Ruth Krulfeld Emile Durkheim

Qustion 4. Which of these Jewish thinkers also developed astronomical models, tables for solar and lunar motion, and a plan for a camera obscura?

Maimonides Gersonides Ibn Ezra Rashi

Qustion 5. What did Maimonides believe about astrology?

That it was fundamentally compatible with Jewish belief. That it made no difference to one's own beliefs. That learning about it had a corrosive effect on one's Jewish beliefs. That it was not Jewish, but had no effect on Judaism.

Qustion 6. Which of these statements has been used to explain the prominence of Jews in psychology?

Historical circumstances of oppression, segregation, and confined living conditions often resulted in close-knit Jewish communities that felt pain and knew how to express it Jews tend to choose verbal expression as a way of expressing emotions In Eastern Europe, Jews often held jobs that invited trust A and B only All of these

Qustion 7. Which of the following proponents of psychology or psychiatry was not Jewish?

Sigmund Freud Carl Jung Kurt Koffka Kurt Goldstein

Qustion 8. Which of these people is known as the "zoo rabbi," and has authored books on science and Torah which were banned?

David Klinghoffer Sharon Brous Natan Slifkin Ismar Schorsch

Qustion 9. Which of these talmudic theories is supported by modern science?

Babies born in the eighth month cannot survive Lice do not reproduce sexually The human body has 248 joints and limbs All of these None of these

Qustion 10. What topics are covered in modern ethnographic studies of the Jewish community?

The Habad movement Memorialization of the Holocaust Trends in Jewish practice All of these None of these
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