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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. In which book is the person who ushers in the World to Come called "The Messiah"?
 Zechariah
 Jeremiah
 Isaiah
 Micah
 None of these

 

Question 2. 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

 

Question 3. In the view of the talmudic sage Rav, which of the following is true about the World to Come?
 Sexual relations will be unrestricted
 Everyone will be rich
 Food will taste like anything we want
 There will be no food except for the light of the Shekhinah

 

Question 4. True or false: In the Talmud, the afterlife is referred to as the "corrected world."
 True
 False

 

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. True or false: Reform Judaism rejects the idea of a physical resurrection.
 True
 False

 

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