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Afterlife & Messiah Quiz

The immortality of the soul, the World to Come, the resurrection of the dead, and the Messianic age are all part of Jewish tradition. How much do you know about this area of Jewish belief?

Question 1. Do some Jews believe in resurrection?


Question 2. Where does the idea of a political or military redeemer come from?
 The Later Prophets


Question 3. What is the concept of gilgul?
 The transmigration of souls from one body to another
 The building of a "live" person from clay or mud
 The belief that all souls return to God
 A person storing their soul in a physical object at the time of death


Question 4. According to Jewish tradition, which biblical personality will the Messiah be descended from?
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 5. According to Isaac Luria's theology, what will bring the Messiah?
 Tikkun olam (the healing of the world)
 Intense prayer and meditation
 Effective communication
 Ascetic living


Question 6. Which of the following will not have a place in the World to Come, according to the Midrash on Ecclesiastes?
 Wicked people
 A and B only
 All of these


Question 7. Which of these is not a term that refers to the Jewish conception of the Afterlife?
 Eternal Jerusalem
 Gan Eden
 The World to Come