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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. According to the Talmud, do non-Jews have a share in the World to Come?


Question 2. 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 3. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. What will the Messianic Era be preceded by, according to almost all Jewish sources?
 A single light filling the world, and the sky turning purple
 Enormous amounts of suffering, the "birth pangs" of the Messiah
 An end to hunger and famine
 The giving of the third set of the Ten Commandments


Question 7. According to Maimonides, which is true about the Messiah?
 The Messiah will bring world peace
 The Messiah will reign over a peaceful and prosperous Israel
 The Messiah will undoubtedly be a man
 The Messiah will live forever