Suffering & Evil Quiz


Jewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?

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Qustion 1. According to Judaism, why do bad things happen to good people?

We cannot know The people suffering might seem "good" but they are in fact being punished for sins they committed Those who suffer now will be rewarded in the afterlife Jewish thinkers have advanced all of these answers

Qustion 2. According to the Talmud, when Rabbi Akiba was tortured by the Romans at the end of his life, what did he do?

He repeated the Shema prayer again and again He closesd his eyes and ignored the pain He mystically enabled himself to explode into fire He embraced the pain and redirected it for good

Qustion 3. What is the philosophical conclusion reached by the Book of Job?

Job suffered in this world in order to achieve a reward in the next Humans are just toys to be played with by God and the angels It is fruitless for humans to try to figure out why God causes some righteous people to suffer All of these None of these

Qustion 4. What is karet?

When a particular sin is punishable by death The biblical penalty of being "cut off from the people" A certain kind of justice meted out in biblical courts The term for one who has been sentenced to death but has not yet been executed

Qustion 5. Who said that "in strict covenant theology, there can be no innocent sufferers"?

Richard Rubenstein Elie Wiesel Shimon Peres Viktor Frankl

Qustion 6. The problem of justifying God despite the existence of evil is called:

Theosophany Theodicy Eschatology Teshuvah None of the above

Qustion 7. True or false: The concept of reward and punishment is the Torah's explanation for the existence of suffering.

True False

Qustion 8. Which of these texts was the first to ask the question "Why do bad things happen to good people"?

A bestselling self-help guide The Book of Leviticus The Book of Job The Book of Isaiah The Book of Daniel

Qustion 9. What do traditional Jewish sources teach about Hell?

There is no afterlife in Judaism There is a heaven and a hell, similar to the Christian division There is an incorporeal "middle ground" called Gehennom, or purgatory There is an afterlife, but only for good people

Qustion 10. The phrase "freedom is a two-edged sword" is most characteristic of which Jewish philosophy?

Hasidism Haskalah Process Theology The Free Will Defense None of these
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