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


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. Which of these is NOT an example of modern messianism?
 Some Chabad Lubavitchers' beliefs about Menachem Mendel Schneerson
 Religious Zionist ideals
 Radical socialism


Question 4. According to Jewish thought, who will be the adversary of the Jewish people in an apocalyptic battle that ushers in true redemption?
 The descendants of those who destroyed the Temples
 Gog and Magog
 The battle will be internal, with Jews fighting against Jews


Question 5. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.


Question 6. Which of these is a Jewish belief about heaven?
 All people go there.
 Only Jews can go there.
 In Heaven, the righteous will study Torah with God.
 Both our bodies and souls are transmuted into Heaven.


Question 7. 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