Magic & the Supernatural Quiz

How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it?

Judaism has many folk customs with magical undertones. But these are not without controversy. How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it?

Question 1 of 10
Why were Jews thought of as excellent magicians in the Middle Ages?
Question 2 of 10
True or false: In the Talmud, unusual events can be interpreted as either magic or miracle, depending on who is responsible for the event.
Question 3 of 10
True or false: In the Torah, God curses people.
Question 4 of 10
Which of the following is not a punishment for the use of magic as cited in the Mishnah?
Question 5 of 10
Which of these Jewish thinkers expressed the strongest anti-magic position?
Question 6 of 10
What book contains formulas that were ostensibly used to create golems?
Question 7 of 10
True or false: in the Talmudic period, bowls etched with magic formulas were used by Christians, Mazdeans, Mandeans, but never Jews.
Question 8 of 10
Which of the following special abilities does the Talmud ascribe to the sage Rav?
Question 9 of 10
What is the grave of Jonathan Ben Uziel?
Question 10 of 10
Which of these is NOT a reason that a talmudic sage was granted special powers?

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