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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. Which of the blessings in the Amidah testifies to the belief in the Messiah?
 The blessing "Avot," for the forefathers
 The blessing "Shield of Abraham," for the Chosen one
 The blessing "Gevurot," for God's "mightiness" in reviving the dead
 The blessing "Rofei," for healing the pain of death


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


Question 3. In Jewish belief, which of these is not a possibility?
 The soul separates from the body
 The soul goes straight to heaven
 The soul makes a stop in hell (Gehinnom) to purge itself of sins
 The soul transmutes into the World to Come


Question 4. Which Jewish hero did many, including Rabbi Akiba, think would turn out to be the Messiah?
 Bar Kokhba
 Deborah the Judge
 None of these


Question 5. Which is true of Maimonides' conception of the World to Come?
 Both humans and animals reside there
 It was a paradise of the senses, not an intellectual one
 It was an intellectual paradise
 It is a temporary rest from eternal torture


Question 6. What is a gilgul?
 A small forest demon
 The Hebrew term for a reincarnated soul
 The desert in which souls reside before resurrection
 The time between death of the body and death of the soul


Question 7. In rabbinic literature, the soul goes through three stages after death. Which of these is not one of those stages?
 The dwelling of the soul in heaven
 The Messianic age on Earth
 The resurrection of the dead
 A "time delay" between physical death and what comes next