Afterlife & Messiah QuizThe 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. Where does the idea of a political or military redeemer come from?
The Later Prophets
Question 2. According to Isaac Luria's theology, what will bring the Messiah?
Tikkun olam (the healing of the world)
Intense prayer and meditation
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. Which belief is expounded by Maimonides in his "Essay on the Resurrection"?
People will only be resurrected as noncorporeal souls
People will be resurrected as souls with everlasting bodies
People will be resurrected in body form, but will eventually die again
People will be resurrected in the bodies of great Jewish leaders
Question 6. What is the difference between Mashiah ben Joseph and Mashiah ben David?
One is the Jewish Messiah; the other is the Christian version of the Messiah
One will be the actual Messiah; one will be the embodiment of the World to Come
One will fight in a colossal war and die; one will bring the World to Come
One will try to attract new followers to Judaism; one will attempt to draw in those who are already Jewish
Question 7. Which of the following will not have a place in the World to Come, according to the Midrash on Ecclesiastes?
A and B only
All of these