A Jew and a Muslim playing chess in 13th century al-Andalus. El Libro de los Juegos, commissioned by Alphonse X of Castile, 13th century. Madrid, (Wikimedia Commons)

Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?

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 of 10
By 1650, 450,000 of the 550,000 European Jews lived where?
Question 2 of 10
Who did the Maccabees revolt against?
Question 3 of 10
True or false: Archaeological evidence supports the biblical account in the Book of Joshua.
Question 4 of 10
True or False: Synagogues have been present in the land of Israel since the time of Abraham.
Question 5 of 10
Which biblical book covers the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites?
Question 6 of 10
What holiday commemorates the success of the Maccabean Revolt?
Question 7 of 10
In the fifth century, where in Arabia were most Jews concentrated?
Question 8 of 10
Rabbi Akiba believed that which contemporary of his was the Messiah?
Question 9 of 10
What were the two cultural sub-communities of Jews that emerged in the Middle Ages?
Question 10 of 10
When did it become popular for Ashkenazic Jews to wear hats?

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